Projet de recherche: la culture francophone
It is important to have an understanding of our interconnected world. French class gives us an opportunity to explore other countries and cultures, identify similarities and differences, and make connections. Our cultural research projects will help us to make these cultural connections.
From October 20 until December 5, each student will submit one mini-project per week. You may select from among the 7 possible projects and do them in any order you choose, turning in one per week from now until the first week of December. Each week your chosen project must be submitted by the end of class time on Friday (they may, of course be submitted anytime between Monday and Friday). In total, students will complete 6 mini-projects. At the end, students will be asked to reflect on what they learned through their 6 mini-projects.
Each of these projects can potentially be completed on one sheet of regular computer paper. You may of course go beyond the minimum requirements. The aim is to learn about foreign culture and perspectives and make connections between your own life and experiences and those of others. The format of each project is up to you. You must simply fulfill the requirements for each and you must present your work in a clear, legible, and neat fashion. It could be a typical research paper written in paragraphs. It could be a document similar to an infographic that we see on the internet that combines images and text to inform the public about a topic. It could be a powerpoint or video as well. As long as you are including the required information and presenting it in a clear way for others to understand, it should work. When in doubt, check with your teacher for guidance before getting started on your work. You will be graded on completing the requirements for each project, clarity/neatness of work, appropriate citation of sources, accuracy of information, and depth of connection made with your information.
Students will sign up to present one of their projects. You may present in English. If you present in English, you must have enough information to fill 2 full minutes. You will be graded on use of time, accuracy of information, and clarity.
**When using outside resources for your research (internet resources, books, articles, etc.), you must cite your sources. If you do not, it will be considered plagiarism and you will receive ZERO credit. You can include your sources on the back of your final project or on a separate sheet of paper.**
Project 1: Due 10/20 – 10/24
Project 2: Due 10/27 – 10/31
Project 3: Due 11/3 – 11/7
Project 4: Due 11/10 – 11/14
Project 5: Due 11/17 – 11/20
Project 6: Due 12/1 – 12/5
There have been numerous natural disasters in French-speaking countries. Choose a Francophone country and research a disaster that occurred there in recent years. You need to include the following information:
Find a poem in French of at least 8 lines. (Use the textbook, anthologies, literary magazines, or the internet to find a poem.)Tell why you chose this poem. Illustrate the poem: Draw what the poem means to you. Describe the author and poem: Research the author, tell when he/she was born, where he/she lived, and what events in his/her life might have contributed to the writing of this poem.
There are numerous world renowned artists from the French-speaking world. Research a piece of art by a Francophone artist. Give the title of the work. Tell why you chose this piece of art. What do you see in this piece of art? How do you react to it? Research the artist, and tell how he/she began his/her career in art, as well as his/her inspirations, style(s) and mediums of art. Discuss the historical context of the piece of art: does it reflect an artistic movement, a historical event, etc. Create a response piece: your own art, poem, writing, music, etc.
Les personnages importants
There are many important people in the history of France. Research a famous French historical figure. You may choose from the following: Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Coco Chanel, Claude Monet, Claude Debussy, René Descartes. (Feel free to suggest another famous historical figure or to ask me for others ideas). Write a report about this person including the date of birth/death, background, what they are famous for, their impact (positive or negative, lasting legacy) on France and on the world, and your opinion of this person. Provide an image of the person.
There are many famous actors and actresses from the French-speaking world. While many are only famous in their own countries, many have become world famous as well.
Select one actor or actress from a French-speaking country and research the following information:
Find and watch a clip of one of the movies with the actor (or the whole movie). Write a brief review of the clip (movie) and the actor. Give your opinion about the clip and the actor’s performance and discuss why someone should or should not watch it.
Using current newspapers or magazines, collect 3 articles (in English or French) about French-speaking countries or French speakers in the US.
Include copies or originals of the 3 articles. Be sure to provide the source of the article and your reaction to the content of each article (2-3 sentences each). Pick one article and research the topic in more depth. What additional information did you find? Why is this issue significant? Did your reaction/opinion change after you completed additional research? Why or why not?
Create a collage for a French speaking country. Choose a French speaking country. If you choose France, you must focus on one of the following regions: la Bretagne, l’Alsace, le pays Basque, la Provence, l’île de France, or one of the DOM-TOMs. Write a list of at least 25 word/phrases/names/titles in French that fall into these categories: weather, flag, traditional foods, national anthem, music, indigenous people, native species, geography, customs/traditions, holidays/celebrations, housing, transportation, famous/historical figures, etc. Use images of at least 15 of the items on your list to create a collage. Be sure to attach your list of words in French to the back of your collage. Your collage may be a mixed media piece.
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