Here are 16 Film Shorts that use the vocabulary of French 1.
Essential Question: What can you learn from retelling or sharing a story?
Can do statements:
- I can ask and answer questions about stories.
- I can describe the characters, settings, and major events in a story.
- I can retell the story in my own words using key details to show that I understand the message in the story.
- I can express my opinion on a film short and say why.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors – Video – Story Script & Matching – Edpuzzle
- The Right Way – Video – Story Script & Questions – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- La Valise de Papa – Video – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- Pip – Video – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- The graveyard shift – Video – Edpuzzle
- La Routine – Video – Movie Talk
- La Fille qui aime danser – Video – Movie Talk
- Rhapsodie au pot-au-feu – Video – Movie Talk
- Alma – Video – Story Script – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- How unexpected – Video – Story Script – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- Lait Drôle de Vie – Video – Movie Talk
- Cupidon – Video – Story Script – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- The Easy Life – Video – Story Script & Activities – Edpuzzle
- Snack Attack – Video – EdPuzzle
- Le Cadeau – Video – Movie Talk – Edpuzzle
- L’omelette – Video – Movie Talk
- Students read the script
- Teacher narrates the story with the slides, as a Movie Talk
- Show the video, stop before the surprising ending and ask students what will happen next, then show the ending
- Ask students to retell the story to their partner
- Write and discuss: students retell the story a sentence at a time as the teacher writes the story on the board
- Choral reading
- Students write the story themselves, without being able to see the class’ version
- Students express opinions about the film short with this Chat Mat; class could also do a write and discuss on opinions of the film short instead of the retell
- EdPuzzle for EdPuzzle Live
- “Volleyball” or “tennis” reading of the script
- Cloze activity from the script
- Teacher reads the script and students draw to illustrate the story
- Group retell: Have students do a group-retell of the story with each person adding a detail. To make it challenging and more collaborative the teacher tells the students if the story finishes before they make it to the last person, then they will start over again until they draw out the story enough that everyone can add a detail. Try this standing in a circle!
- Retell in pairs: Have students pair up. Each student retells the story to their partner in two minutes, timed by the teacher. Then students find a new partner and retell the story, each one taking a turn, this time in 30 seconds.
- Blind Retell: It is where the teacher projects the story text on the board. One student has their back to the board and retells the story. The other student is the coach, who listens and helps out as the other student needs it. The student looking at the board uses the full text as support in order to help their partner.
- Create a bracket. Introduce videos and ask students to vote between each two. Can vote with a simple raising of hands or via a Google Form and then present the winner by filling it into the bracket. The winner moves on to the next round in the tournament and is then up against the other film shorts that have won. This bracket was originally a James Lebaron design that has been adapted.
If you would like to use these film shorts without buying anything new or want to do fewer, I have made a bracket of 8 where there are free resources (for at least the Movie Talk or one activity) for each of these.