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Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

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Title:

Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

URL:

https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/charles-baudelaire-poete-maudit-cursed-poet

Content Source:

Edsitement
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

This unit plan is prepared in English but offers links throughout to French language resources making this suitable for a wide range of high school language learners. Intermediate mid to intermediate high students should use the French language resources as they are introduced to the life and works of Charles Baudelaire, a 19th-century French Symbolist poet who was an admirer of Edgar Allan Poe. As students study the poems and his style, they are challenged to compare Baudelaire's work with other poets.  As they work, they will make connections to the literary terms and styles covered in their Language Arts classrooms. 

Content Standard(s):
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level IV
2) Interpret, restate, and react to what is heard, read, or viewed on familiar and new topics.

a. Give main ideas, supporting details, and justify inferences in selected texts.

b. Identify themes, settings, characters, and plot lines found in literary texts.

c. Use background knowledge from other disciplines to understand spoken and written information in the target language.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students:
  • understand basic information in ads, announcements and other simple recordings.
  • understand the main idea of what they listen to for personal enjoyment.
  • understand messages related to everyday life.
  • understand simple personal questions.
  • understand basic information in ads, announcements, and other simple texts.
  • understand the main idea of what they read for personal enjoyment.
  • read simple exchanges between other people.

At the intermediate high level,
Students:
  • easily understand straightforward information or interactions.
  • understand a few details in ads, announcements and other simple recordings.
  • sometimes understand situations with complicating factors.
  • understand accounts of personal events or experiences.
  • sometimes follow short, written instructions when supported by visuals.
  • understand the main idea and a few supporting facts about famous people and historic events.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • understand basic information from advertisments and announcements, audio or print.
  • understand the main idea(s) of voice messages and videos
  • understand basic statements and questions in an interview.
  • understand questions in a survey or questionnaire.
  • understand information in a variety of print formats (ex: brochures, magazines, labels, etc.).
  • understand information in interpersonal communication.
  • understand main ideas, supporting details, themes, settings, characters and plot lines in literary texts.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • understand basic information from advertisments and announcements, audio or print.
  • understand interpersonal exchanges, spoken or in print.
  • understand information in a variety of print formats (ex: brochures, magazines, labels, etc.).
  • understand main ideas, supporting details, themes, settings, characters and plot lines in literary texts.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Intermediate Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Intermediate High:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level IV
3) Present information on familiar and new topics in various time frames and aspects using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

a. Express needs, wants and preferences with supporting reasons.

b. Present information on academic and work-related topics.

c. Present information about common age-appropriate issues.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students:
  • write messages and announcements.
  • write short reports and make presentations about something they have learned or researched.
  • compose communication for public distribution.
  • make presentations about personal and social experiences
  • make presentations about common issues and state their viewpoint.

  • Intermediate High Level
    Students:
    • write or present about school and academic topics.
    • write about work and career topics.
    • write about community topics and events.
    • write about entertainment or social events.
    • present their point of view and give supporting reasons.
    • present about events, activities or topics of interest.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • describe past experiences and events.
  • create announcements for upcoming events.
  • present or write about academic topics.
  • describe steps needed to complete a task.
  • write emails, letters, blog posts, etc. on a variety of topics.
  • present or write about current or past events/issues.
  • present or write about entertainment topics.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • write emails, letters, blog posts, etc. on a variety of topics.
  • describe past experiences and events.
  • summarize information from academic topics.
  • describe steps needed to complete a task.
  • explain point of view on a topic or issue.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Intermediate Mid Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
Intermediate High Level
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level IV
5) Investigate perspectives through products of the target cultures.

a. Analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to arts, crafts, and graphic representations.

b. Analyze the cultural elements of music and short video clips.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze the importance and impact of products of the target culture in the contexts of arts, crafts, and graphic representations.
  • Analyze cultural products in the context of music and short videos.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify how a culture's beliefes and ideas are reflected in their products by describing the target culture's art, crafts, music, dance, etc..
  • analyze and clarify the purpose of the products from a target culture.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • investigate the products and perspetives of a target culture.
  • investigate the beliefs (perspectives) associated with the target culture's products in the contexts of arts, crafts, graphic representations, music, and short videos.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • language and culture are inextricably linked.
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level IV
6) Connect with other disciplines while using the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.

a. Explain characteristics of countries where target language is spoken.

b. Present information on topics across disciplines in a variety of time frames and moods.

c. Explain the importance of influential figures from the target culture, past and present.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • describe aspects of the countries included in the target language.
  • make connections between the study of the target language/culture and other subject areas.
  • investigate and explain the impact prominent figures from the target culture have made/are making.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid Level
Students are able to:
  • identify and interpret basic information from authentic sources, such as news articles, event flyers, invitations, and advertisements.
  • identify a few target language news sources and stores.
  • use the target language to learn about other disciplines.
  • use information learned in the target language in other disciplines.
  • use the target language to make comparisons of similarities and differences in countries where target language is spoken.
  • use the target language to converse and present on a variety of topics and other disciplines.
  • use the target language to invesitgate and describe information learned in the target language.
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
    identify and interpret basic information from authentic sources, such as news articles, event flyers, invitations, and advertisements.
  • identify a few target language news sources and stores.
  • use the target language to learn about other disciplines.
  • use information learned in the target language in other disciplines.
  • use the target language to make comparisons of similarities and differences in countries where target language is spoken.
  • use the target language to investigate, explain, and present connections made with other disciplines.
  • use the target language to present to and interact with others for a variety of purposes in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • make oral or written presentations in the target language on topics being studied in other classes.
  • describe and compare key characteristics of countries where the target language is spoken.
  • research and compare how countries where the target language is spoken deal with current global issues (i.e., environment, economic crisis, migration, etc.).
  • research and report on contributions of the cultures that use the target language to science, medicine, and government.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in a foreign language is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • world language learning offers opportunities to uncover big ideas in and about other disciplines.
  • strategies used to acquire a language are transferable to other areas of learning throughout life.
  • a second language facilitates the acquisition of information about the world outside our experiences.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
2) Understand the main idea and a few details in texts on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests in various time frames and moods using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

a. Relate main themes and significant details in ads, reports, or announcements presented on TV, radio, video, or in live presentations.

b. Describe the main themes and significant details on topics found in print media.

c. Follow short instructions to complete a task.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • easily understand straightforward information or interactions.
  • understand a few details in ads, announcements and other simple recordings.
  • understand situations with complicating factors.
  • understand accounts of personal events or experiences.
  • sometimes follow short, written instructions when supported by visuals.
  • understand the main idea and a few supporting facts about famous people and historic events.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • variety of time frames.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • the target language vocabulary for various types of documents (written or audio/video) (i.e., literary texts, newspapers, magazines, websites, radio/tv ads, announcements, or live presentations).
Skills:
Intermediate Mid & High Level
Students are able to:
  • relate the main themes and significant details on topics from other subjects and products of the cultures as presented on TV, radio, video, or live presentations.
  • describe the main themes and significant details on topics from other subjects and products of the cultures as found in printed sources for target language audiences.
  • identify the principal characters and discuss the main ideas and themes in selected literary texts.
  • comprehend spoken and written messages in the target language.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
3) Present information on a wide variety of both familiar and new topics using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure in various time frames and moods.

a. Present information about personal and social events, experiences, and activities.

b. Present information on a topic studied or researched.

c. Present points of view and provide reasons to support them.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • write or present about school and academic topics.
  • write about work and career topics.
  • write about community topics and events.
  • write about entertainment or social events .
  • present their point of view and give supporting reasons.
  • present about events, activities or topics of interest.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid & High Level
Students are able to:
  • create materials about their community for visitors from the target culture.
  • prepare stories or brief written reports about personal experiences, events, or other school subjects to share with others.
  • create and narrate a presentation on a current global concern.
  • prepare an oral or written summary of the plot and characters in selected pieces of literature.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
5) Analyze perspectives through products of the target cultures.

a. Analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to government, education, religion, and economics.

b. Interact with music and short video clips.

c. Listen to, read, and analyze the function of products used in selected texts.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to government, education, religion, and economics.
  • interact with music and short video clips.
  • listen to, read, and analyze the function of products used in selected texts.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • nvestigate the products and perspetives of a target culture.
  • investigate the beliefs (perspectives) associated with the target culture's products in the contexts of arts, crafts, graphic representations, music, and short videos.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
  • analyze the function of everyday objects produced in the culture.
  • compare and analyze perspectives reflected in news reports, social media, pamphlets, advertisements, etc.
  • discuss perspectives reflected in creative works of the culture.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • language and culture are inextricably linked.
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
6) Connect with other disciplines in the target language using complex sentence structure in a variety of time frames and aspects.

a. Write a critical analysis of audio or visual media.

b. Report on contributions of the culture in science, government, or medicine.

c. Describe the importance of historical events from the target culture, past and present.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Connections
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • describe aspects of the countries included in the target language.
  • make connections between the study of the target language/culture and other subject areas.
  • investigate and explain the impact prominent figures from the target culture have made/are making.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • identify and interpret basic information from authentic sources, such as news articles, event flyers, invitations, and advertisements.
  • identify a few target language news sources and stores.
  • use the target language to learn about other disciplines.
  • use information learned in the target language in other disciplines.
  • use the target language to make comparisons of similarities and differences in countries where target language is spoken.
  • use the target language to investigate, explain, and present connections made with other disciplines.
  • use the target language to present to and interact with others for a variety of purposes in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • make oral or written presentations in the target language on topics being studied in other classes.
  • describe and compare key characteristics of countries where the target language is spoken.
  • research and compare how countries where the target language is spoken deal with current global issues (i.e., environment, economic crisis, migration, etc.).
  • research and report on contributions of the cultures that use the target language to science, medicine, and government.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • proficiency in a foreign language is a vehicle to gaining knowledge that can only be acquired through that language and its culture.
  • world language learning offers opportunities to uncover big ideas in and about other disciplines.
  • strategies used to acquire a language are transferable to other areas of learning throughout life.
  • a second language facilitates the acquisition of information about the world outside our experiences.
Tags: AP French Language and Culture, Beauty and Aesthetics, Charles Baudelaire, Communication, Connections, Culture, Edgar Allan Poe, French, Language Arts, Literature, Personal and Public Identities, Perspectives, Poetry, Practices, Products, Symbolism
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