Fais pas ci, fais pas ça

Sunday 9 July 2017
by  Natha
popularity : 4%

I don’t actually remember where I got this book from but it could be a great opportunity to let children complain about the rules their parents have for them!! Of course we can point out why they may have those rules...

Language of text: French
Type of text: picture book
Author or source: Caroline Dalla
Intended age of students: Key Stage 3
Source reference: 9782723447706

WARNING: THERE IS ONE BAD WORD IN THIS STORY! M**** which in French is not considered quite as rude as its English equivalent...

This is the story of a boy who has had enough of all the rules and how each one that applies to him seems to be broken by other people in his family.
I want to read the story to the children and ask them to try to work out which common rule the boy is complaining about each time and why he thinks they are unfair.

I want to read it to get children to think about common rules and what they are there for even when they seem unfair... all in French!!
The French is challenging but the key structures are repeated and the pictures are very clear. It is also quite crude, honest and fun to read!

The book is full of the beginning of sentences… all there for the children to finish off! eg I am not allowed to pull faces; however when mum and dad are annoyed… It will lead to great work on -er and high frequency verbs.

The children could also come up with their own rules, what they wish they were, either in the imperative or "j’ai le droit de" instead of the negative version.

Topics or themes:
To reinfore grammar points below and discuss rules and what they are there for

imperative of -er and reflexive verbs; avoir le droit de + infinitive; the 3rd person

How much time required:
2 lessons

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