Bonjour mes élèves. J'espère que tout va bien. Vous me manquez beaucoup! I miss y'all! (In French, you literally say, "You are missed by me"!) I hope you are taking good care of Mrs. Johnson! Go to our Quia home page for exercises to practice for the final. There are 125 multiple choice questions. If you study your notes, you should do well. The test is divided into the following sections:
1. Choose the correct verb conjugation to match the subject. (A few answers will be the infinitive form of the verb - faites attention!)
2. Choose the best word or phrase to complete a sentence. Here's an example: Patrick ____ seize ans. (Your choices are "a,"est," or "va." Why is "a" the correct verb for this sentence? (Meaning is important in this section whereas in Section 1, you just have to be able to pick out the right verb ending.) Here's another sample question: Ça va_____. (Your choices are "oui," "bien," "bonjour." Which answer is correct?
3. Choose the correct past participle for the regular and irregular verbs we have studied this year.
4. Indicate whether the expression is positive, so-so (indifferent, okay), or negative. For example: C'est pas mal. Is this a positive, indifferent or negative response?
5. There are 10 numbers for which you have to choose the correctly spelled out version.
6. Choose the intruder. You will have four items and one does not belong, such as 3 foods and 1 drink or 3 months and 1 day of the week. Not hard!
7. Family - choose the correct relationship. For example: Qui est le père de ma soeur? (The answer is "mon père"! My sister's father is my father!!!)
8. Read a passage and answer questions. The questions and answers are in French, but the reading is a letter from a boy who describes what he likes to do, so you will be familiar with the words. Look back in the reading for the answers - they are there!
Étudiez bien! Bon travail!
posted on: May 16, 2007
Here are the activities you will complete over the next few weeks. Be sure also to visit our Quia home page for sites and activities you will need to complete the work and to prepare for your final.
May 9-11 BOOKBOX activities. You can visit BookBox and listen to the preview versions from home. These stories are great for pronunciation practice.
May 14-17 WEBQUEST activities on famous Francophiles. Sites to aid your work are posted at our Quia home page.
May 21 as well as any other day with class time remaining, visit our Quia home page to practice for your final. Also, check out the sites that are posted under useful links on the Quia page for other practice activities.
posted on: May 07, 2007
Lundi - Write conversations
Mardi - Write and practice conversations
Mercredi - Conversations/Workbook packet
Jeudi - Perform conversations
Vendredi - Workbook packet
posted on: April 30, 2007
On Friday - picture retakes - hair must all be smoothed and in the back!
posted on: April 19, 2007
2ND PERIOD WON THE VERB CONTEST! FELICITATIONS!
Bienvenue des vacances! Welcome back from vacation!
- Lundi - Verb practice and test preparation; interclass contest with Quia challenge board
- Mardi - Reading practice in French reader (Review session Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for any students who desire assistance or want to practice on Quia.)
- Verb test - The test will include 10 items each for –IR, -RE regular, -RE like PRENDRE, ALLER, and 10 review items from regular –RE, être, faire, and avoir
- Jeudi, Vendredi, Lundi (le 16 avril) - Madame will be at a leadership workshop and off to the Big Apple for college visits - In class work will include more reading and exercises from the French reader and textbook exercises to review previously acquired material.
posted on: April 08, 2007
Study for the last verb retake opportunity. Scripts for presentations will be written and country project presenations begin Wednesday. iPhoto projects will podcast with Mr. Quinn. Keynote and PowerPoint presenters will podcast live in class.
posted on: March 19, 2007
Here are our plans for the week:
NOTE: Practice activities and sample test questions are loaded on our Quia class page. Your verb test is next Monday, March 12. Study!!!
Lundi - Finish the Versailles video, go over handouts, play game if time permits
Mardi - Food Group Presentations
Mercredi - Continue Presentations
Jeudi - Quiz on Versailles video, study for verb test
Vendredi - FRANCOPHONE FOOD FEST!!!
posted on: March 04, 2007
Country projects are due tomorrow!
posted on: March 01, 2007
Study the months and the seasons for tomorrow's quiz. Be sure you know how to spell the 12 months and 4 seasons!
posted on: February 26, 2007
In class today, students will practice weather terms in Quia, however, the quiz on weather terms has been postponed indefinitely. The quiz will be combined with an activity designed by Madame. Tomorrow - work on Country Projects. Months and seasons presentations begin next Wednesday. Enjoy your 4-day weekend!
posted on: February 15, 2007
Weather groups present this week. Quiz on the new vocabulary on Thursday. Country project work on Monday and Friday. Projects are due March 2. Friday, February 23 is the last in-class opportunity to work on your project.
posted on: February 13, 2007
There will be a quiz Friday on Sports and Activities. There may not be much time in class to practice on Quia, so practice at home and study your notes.
Jouer will be followed by "au" + the sport if the sport or activity is masculine (which most are). If the sport or activity is plural, then jouer is followed by aux (jouer aux dames, jouer aux échecs). Not all classes introduced plural activities. No feminine sports were introduced, but if one were to have been, then jouer is followed by à la. Remember if the sport or activity begins with a vowel (and is singular), then jouer would be followed by à l'.
Faire is followed by du + a MASCULINE sport/activity (faire du vélo) or de la + a FEMININE sport/activity (faire de la natation) or de l' + any sport/activity THAT BEGINS WITH A VOWEL (faire de l'aérobic) or des + a PLURAL sport or activity (faire des photos)
posted on: February 07, 2007
posted on: February 04, 2007
Make-up quizzes and your quizzes on colors will be taken on Thursday. We will practice in class, but don't forget that you can also practice at home.
posted on: January 30, 2007
7th period students will have their numbers quizzes tomorrow (2 category 2 quizzes). 1st and 2nd periods took their quizzes today. Students on the band trip have through next Wednesday to make up any quizzes they missed while on the band trip.
70 - soixante-dix (60+10)
71 - soixante et onze
72 - soixante-douze
73 - soixante-treize, etc.
80 - quatre-vingts (four 20's)
81 - quatre-vingt-un (no more "et" and the "s" drops WHENEVER there is a number after vingts)
82 - quatre-vingt-deux, etc.
90 - quatre-vingt-dix (80+10)
91 - quatre-vingt-onze (80+11), etc.
100 - cent
200 - deux cents
201 - deux cent un ("s" drops)
1,000 - mille (mille is NEVER plural)
1,200 - mille deux cents
1,201 - mille deux cent un ("s" drops)
1,000,000 - un million
2,000,000 - deux millions
2,000,001 - deux million un ("s" drops)
NOTICE THAT 100 AND 1,000 DO NOT BEGIN WITH "UN" (145 = cent quarante-cinq, 1,001 = mille un), BUT 1 MILLION IS "UN MILLION." Des questions? Demandez à Madame!
Tomorrow, we will work on our country projects (7th period after quizzes). If you know your independent mini-topic, let Madame know tomorrow. If you have not selected your topic, you have until next Friday to pick one. Madame will RECHECK parent signatures for students who do not have their project sheet signed.
posted on: January 25, 2007
Study for Monday's quizzes. One is similar to the worksheet you had for homework last night and we went over in class. The other is on the newly introduced vocabulary - study your notes and practice the activities on QUIA. Be sure that you can spell each new word and which indefinite article (un, une, or des) precedes each word.
Bon weekend et à lundi!
posted on: January 19, 2007
Complete the purple handout - one of next Monday's quizzes will be very similar to the exercises on the worksheet. Begin studying the new vocabulary from today's presentations AND be sure to learn each word's gender when you review.
posted on: January 18, 2007
The MLK holiday and 8th Grade Writing Assessment limit the work we can complete. Also, Madame will be attending a leadership activity Tuesday, so....
Mardi - Read print products about your country. If you finish before the end of class begin to brainstorm what you want your final product to look like.
Mercredi - Writing Assessment
Jeudi et Vendredi - Groups with Miscellaneous Vocabulary present.
posted on: January 12, 2007
Madame wrote that you would have Quia homework which she did not get to assign in class today. So...Madame will wait until next week to assign Quia practice, probably on Wednesday, due Friday of next week. HOWEVER, DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR PROJECT SHEET SIGNED!
posted on: January 10, 2007
Be sure to have your spiral notebook tomorrow and glue your calendar into this notebook by tomorrow's class. Review the new project handout with a parent, get his/her signature and show this to Madame by Thursday. Here is a copy of the handout to download if you lose the paper copy Madame provided you in class today.
Tomorrow's homework (due Friday) will be to go Quia and complete several review exercises. MORE ON THIS TOMORROW IN CLASS. BE SURE TO TAKE HOME YOUR LOG IN AND PASSWORD. You may come early to school Thursday or Friday if you cannot access Quia from home.
posted on: January 09, 2007
Students are to buy and bring to class a spiral notebook if they do not have one (which they really should have already!).
Also, be sure to read over the syllabus with your parents.
posted on: January 07, 2007
Happy New Year! Get ready to come back to French class and start the new grading period with some extra credit points. Go to our our Quia home page and take the verb quizzes. You'll need your login and password.
posted on: January 02, 2007
Due at the end of class lundi (le 18 décembre).
Here are the instructions and grading percentages. This can be completed in class IF you are on-task. Keep it simple! YOU WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE TO COME IN BEFORE SCHOOL TO FINISH IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE YOUR PAPER IN CLASS ON MONDAY!
Write about your school day. Include most of the vocabulary on the handout. Use a variety of sentences, following the examples we created in class. You MUST include a brief introduction, all of your classes, the times your classes start/meet, and how you feel about each class. For extra credit points, you may include your teachers’ names and activities you participate in after school and opinions about these activities.
You must type your essay and you may embellish it with pictures, graphics, etc.
Your work will be graded as follows:
Include minimum requirements (25%)
Extra points will be awarded at Madame’s discretion.
Mini-Example: (Use paragraph format – not bullets)
• Je m’appelle …
• J’ai ___ ans.
• Je vais à Mabry Middle School.
• J’ai français à neuf heures quinze. (À neuf heures quinze, j’ai français.)
• de = from à = to (J’ai français de neuf heures quinze à dix heures quatre.)*
• C’est super! Le français, c’est super! Le professeur (Madame) est génial, sympa, gentille, amusante, etc.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*
*Examples of variety and possible extra credit sentences.
GO TO QUIA FOR AN UPDATED LIST IN THE ACTIVITY YOUR PRACTICED IN CLASS.
posted on: December 15, 2006
First period students need to complete the last page in the handout INCLUDING the last exercise - C'est important!
All students need to be prepared to take a quiz tomorrow on the school subjects and opinion vocabulary.
1st and 7th period presentation groups will present their tactile game and then students will take the quiz. 2nd period students will practice on Quia first and then take their quiz.
The 2nd period presentation group did a wonderful job with their tactile games! BON TRAVAIL!!!
posted on: December 13, 2006
Madame will be absent tomorrow - doctor's orders! There are workbook pages for you to complete - do all of the circled activities, extra credit ones are optional and 1st period is exempt from the last page until the school subjects presenters finish their introductory lesson. These are great activities to help you practice school subjects and review AVOIR and telling time. What activities are left to complete at the end of class become LES DEVOIRS, so work conscientiously en classe!!!
Mercredi - Practice games and Quia!
Jeudi - Group-created quizzes on this vocabulary (vendredi at the latest)! Préparez-vous!
Soyez bon pendant mon absence!
posted on: December 11, 2006
**If you do not have a spiral notebook for French, you need to procure one by Monday. We will begin notebook checks again.
**On Monday, the school subjects/opinions groups will present.
**Here is the schedule for the before-school sessions for next week:
Lundi - pronunciation work with Monday's presentation groups; students may come in to make up quizzes on AVOIR and TIME
Mardi - iMovie meeting
Mercredi - TIME review session
Jeudi - MAKEUPS FOR AVOIR AND TIME (last day to do this!)
Vendredi - Madame helps Madame Shockley - no meetings/study sessions
posted on: December 08, 2006
There will be a review quiz tomorrow on the verb AVOIR. You can practice this verb on Quia or review it in your notes.
posted on: December 07, 2006
Tomorrow's early release delays our next group presentations. Tonight's homework is to go to our Quia Home Page and practice telling time. Madame did not tell all classes that the activities with the * have time vocabulary that she will not be introducing, nonetheless, this vocabulary is interesting and fun! We must review the verb AVOIR before the school subjects group presents, SOOOO, our plans are to:
- Finish time notes (mercredi)
- Practice time (mercredi-jeudi)
- Assess on time (jeudi)
- Review AVOIR (jeudi-vendredi)
- Assess avoir (vendredi)
- Group presentations on school subjects and opinions (vendredi)
posted on: December 06, 2006
Go HERE to practice group-presented vocabulary.
posted on: December 01, 2006
Here are our goals for this week:
1) The groups assigned to the days of the week and numbers 0-60 will present.
2) Learn how to tell time.
Assessments will be given intermittently with the exact days to be announced soon.
posted on: November 26, 2006
WE WILL BE SPENDING THIS WEEK AND NEXT (NOVEMBER 13-NOVEMBER 21) WORKING ON OUR PROJECTS! OUR GOAL IS TO COMPLETE ALL COMPUTER COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECTS BY THE 21ST. The group with numbers 40-60 and the days of the week will present the week after Thanksgiving, followed closely by school subjects.
LES DEVOIRS -
1ST AND 2ND PERIODS - COMPLETE THE HANDOUT THAT MADAME WILL GIVE YOU TOMORROW - THIS IS DUE MONDAY!
7TH PERIOD - COMPLETE THE HANDOUT THAT YOU WERE PROVIDED IN CLASS TODAY (Madame does not remember if she told the substitute that it is due tomorrow - if she didn't, then you, too, can have until Monday. If Madame did tell the substitute and she told you, then the packet will be collected tomorrow!)
posted on: November 15, 2006
We're excited about our food fest. Parents are welcome to join us. If you can do so, be sure to ask your child when his/her class meets. Be sure to bring an index card with your name on it, the name of the dish you made and any interesting information you learned about your recipe.
Click HERE to go to my post that contains all the information about our special event that you need to know to help make this a wonderful experience!
I can't wait to sample everything!!!
posted on: November 10, 2006
Go to Madame's Quia Homepage and practice the verb avoir with the games and activities. For extra credit, take the quiz here. You will need your login and password, which is on the sticker that should be in your spiral notebook. Madame will be able to see who took the quiz. (If you have problems logging in, but Quia lets you in without a password, you may print the results page and bring this in to receive your extra credit on the test.)
posted on: November 09, 2006
Study for your quiz (Thursday) and then your test (Friday) on the verb AVOIR.
Click here to download a chart of AVOIR
Do you know what these expressions mean?
7th period students - don't forget to pick your recipe for our Food Fest.
DON'T FORGET - OUR FOOD DAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO MONDAY!
posted on: November 08, 2006
Monsieur Israel-Hiles had emergency surgery last Wednesday; instead of attending the leadership retreat, Madame was at the hospital until Friday. SOOOOO...
1) I will miss school tomorrow to take M. I-H to the doctor.
2) I will miss school Wednesday afternoon for the same reason.
3) We do not have school on Tuesday due to it being Election Day.
4) We need to postpone our food day to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO PARENTS AND OTHER STUDENTS. IF YOUR PARENT HAS VOLUNTEERED TO HELP US OUT ON FRIDAY, PLEASE BE SURE S/HE KNOWS THAT OUR DAY HAS BEEN MOVED AGAIN.
5) Please be patient with our substitutes - they are here to help us, and this is a time when Madame needs their help!
posted on: November 05, 2006
Students - see entry below for your food day instructions. Review the instructions with a parent and get your teaching sheet signed.
We are grateful for all of your help with this special event. Your child will need assistance shopping for and making his or her special dish. Additionally, if you would like to help us during your child’s French class, this assistance will be greatly appreciated. Please email Madame at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to join us on November 10.
9:15-10:04 1st Period French
10:07-10:57 2nd Period French
3:15-Dismissal 7th Period French
posted on: October 29, 2006
Bonsoir! Tomorrow, some students (you know who you are!) need to come to school early to finish the "J'aime/Je n'aime pas" section of your brochures. I will allow some time in class to finish this for students who cannot come in early.
Our main task for tomorrow is to find recipes for our November 10th Food Day. Over the weekend, share your recipe with a parent/parents. Visit the blog and TEACH your parent about our upcoming event. Madame will post Food Day instructions tomorrow.
Visit Madame's Quia Home Page for recipe sites. Check out your parents' cookbooks.
posted on: October 26, 2006
Come to class tomorrow with your 10 "J'aime/Je n'aime pas" (and variations thereof) sentences. Go to Microsoft Clipart and select your pictures if you have not done so yet. (See previous entry for link to Microsoft Clipart.)
OUR FOOD DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED SO THAT WE CAN BE BETTER ORGANIZED. Students should come home on Friday with a recipe they would like to make (solo or with a partner). Complete instructions for making this day MAGNIFIQUE will be posted on our blog. OUR NEW FOOD DAY IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2006.
We will spend tomorrow and Thursday working on our brochures. Friday - recipe search. Next week, we begin a new group "teaching" project!!!
posted on: October 24, 2006
1) Complete the handout we worked on in class today.
2) Go to Microsoft Clipart and search for pictures that match your likes and dislikes.
Write down the search item and the page number for all of the items you might want to include in your brochure (no more than 10 total - more likes than dislikes).
3) Be sure to arrange your test makeup if you did not come in early this morning.
posted on: October 23, 2006
Prepare for tomorrow's test:
1) Review your notes
2) Look at and rewrite your verb charts
3) Practice the games at Madame's Quia home page
Teaching sheets are due tomorrow if you did not turn yours in today in class. 7th period worksheet on subject pronouns is also due tomorrow.
posted on: October 18, 2006
Tonight's homework (accepted on Friday, too) is to teach a parent how to conjugate an -ER verb. Get your new teaching sheet signed.
In addition and for extra credit on the test, bring in the evidence of this teaching (the charts you make during the instructional session).
(Added around 5:50 p.m. - 7th period students must complete the worksheet handed to them today - Subject Pronouns - and turn it in by Friday.)
posted on: October 18, 2006
1st and 2nd period students need to complete the handout entitled, "Subject Pronouns."
7th period students need to complete the handout entitled, "Subject-Verb Agreement."
Tomorrow night's homework will be to teach an adult to conjugate an -er verb. Madame will explain tomorrow in class how she wants this assignment completed.
ALL STUDENTS HAVE A TEST ON FRIDAY - CONJUGATING 2 -ER VERBS!!! ON PEUT LE FAIRE!!!
THERE WILL BE A REVIEW SESSION FOR FRIDAY'S TEST AT 8:15 a.m. ON THURSDAY!
posted on: October 17, 2006
Our goals this week:
1. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT memorization of the -ER VERB CHART
2. Teach verb chart to an ADULT family member
3. Pick recipes for our food day (Friday, October 27)
4. TEST #2 -ER VERBS (FRIDAY)
posted on: October 16, 2006
Need help with -ER VERB CONJUGATIONS? Come to tomorrow's review session - 8:15 a.m. Don't forget to check out the practice games on Quia. Visit Madame's Quia Home Page.
posted on: October 11, 2006
Our main focus this week will be knowing the -er verb chart backwards, forwards, and inside out! Students have an -er verb TEST on Thursday. On Wednesday, students will be introduced to objects and verbs that we will incorporate into the study of our first verb form. There will be a review session Thursday morning for any students who want additional help with and practice for their test.
Visit Madame's Quia Home Page to practice -er verb conjugations. (FOR THE PRACTICE QUIZ, USE YOUR CLASS NUMBER AS YOUR FIRST NAME AND YOUR CLASS COLOR AS YOUR LAST NAME.) There are a few advanced sentences here - how would you conjugate a verb if the subject is a person, place or thing? We will discuss this in class tomorrow - if you can figure this out on your own, you're ahead of the gang!
posted on: October 09, 2006
Each student needs to bring in a picture of him/herself by this Wednesday for work on our brochures.
posted on: October 02, 2006
Quiz for all classes on Thursday. Refer to class post from Tuesday (Suivez les instructions suivantes...) for the sites you can visit to prepare and for more information about what will be on your quiz.
Pour des bons points/For extra credit: 2 bonbons and 5 extra points on the quiz, go to this greetings crossword, print it out and complete it (must be 100 percent correct!). Be sure to put a space between words in phrases to get the puzzle to work. You will learn some new greetings/farewell vocabulary in the process!
posted on: September 26, 2006
Spiral notebooks should come to class each day with French students. This is very important!
posted on: September 13, 2006
Homework for next week is as follows:
1st and 2nd Periods:
Tuesday - Notebooks are due with all notes transferred into your dictionary. For phrases, use the first letter of the first word (put "A demain on the "A" page); you may also put "demain" on your "D" page, but you do not have to.) Madame will collect the notebooks and return them as soon as she looks them over. This is a category 2 grade.
Thursday - Quiz on Les salutations et les adieux - recognition only, not spelling memorization... YET! Practice online HERE.
Wednesday - Notebooks are due with all notes transferred into your dictionary. For phrases, use the first letter of the first word (put "A demain on the "A" page); you may also put "demain" on your "D" page, but you do not have to.) Madame will collect the notebooks and return them as soon as she looks them over. This is a category 2 grade.
Friday - Quiz on Les salutations et les adieux - recognition only, not spelling memorization... YET! Practice online HERE.
BON WEEKEND ET À LUNDI OU À MARDI!!!
posted on: September 08, 2006
All 8th graders will take the following tests during September:
September 6-7: Cogat Ability Test
September 11-15: ITBS Achievement Test
Please make sure that your children are well rested and on time these days. Students who are absent will have to make up the tests during alternate times.
Classes will be blocked on Wednesday, September 6, and Monday thru Friday, September 11-15. Third period will meet everyday. On the 6th, 12th, and 14th, students will attend 3rd, 1st, and 2nd periods; on the 11th, 13th, and 15th, students will attend 3rd, 6th, and 7th periods. On Thursday, September 7, students will attend all of their classes; 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th periods will be shorter than normal.
posted on: September 04, 2006
Parents: Open House is next Tuesday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. I look forward to meeting you then.
posted on: August 22, 2006