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Sacré Charlemagne - France Gall

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Title:

Sacré Charlemagne - France Gall

URL:

https://coerll.utexas.edu/chansons/index.php?ch=11

Content Source:

Other
University of Texas at Austin
Type: Audio/Video

Overview:

This novice mid to novice high French activity reinforces education and school vocabulary in a song about education in France during the 1960s. The featured song is  Sacré Charlemagne  by France Gall. Students start by discussing prior knowledge of music from the time period. Students then complete a cloze activity by listening for key lyrics during the song followed by a series of comprehension questions. Finally, students analyze the cultural components of the song including why Charlemagne is 'blamed' for students having to go to school. (Charlemagne, sometimes nicknamed the Father of Europe, played a big role in early education reform.)  Students will also notice the references to no school on Thursday, opening a discussion of comparisons between the US and French education.  (Note: In 1972, the French government changed the off day from Thursday to Wednesday.)

Content Standard(s):
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level I
2) Interpret what is heard, read, or viewed on familiar topics using the present tense.

a. Identify main characters, themes, and ideas from narrative text.

b. Recognize words, phrases and simple sentences in an informational text.

c. Interpret visual and auditory cues.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Novice Mid Level
Students:
  • understand a few courtesy phrases when spoken.
  • recognize and sometimes understand basic information in words and phrases that they have memorized. recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that they have learned for specific purposes. recognize words, phrases, and characters with the help of visuals. recognize words, phrases, and characters when they associate them with things they already know.

Novice High Level
Students:
  • sometimes understand written and oral simple questions or statements on familiar topics.
  • understand simple written and oral information when presented with pictures and graphs. sometimes understand the main topic of conversations that they overhear. sometimes understand the main idea of published materials. understand simple everyday notices in public places on topics that are familiar to them.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to recognize the difference between a question and a statement.
  • how to identify who is speaking.
  • how to identify who is being spoken to.
  • how to recognize the topic being discussed.
  • how to rely on pictures, graphs, or charts to aid in comprehension.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • identify the key idea presented by a speaker or published work on a familiar topic.
  • differentiate between questions and statements.
  • gather basic information from graphs, charts and pictures.
  • rely on background knowledge to aid in comprehension of difficult or new words.
  • recognize characters and punctuation marks that are unique to the target language.
Novice High Level students are able to:
  • identify the key idea presented by a speaker or published work on a familiar topic.
  • differentiate between questions and statements.
  • gather basic information from graphs, charts and pictures.
  • rely on background knowledge to aid in comprehension of difficult or new words.
  • recognize characters and punctuation marks that are unique to the target language.
  • locate places on a map.
  • identify purpose of a brochure/advertisement.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Novice 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.
Students understand that:
Novice 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 I
5) Identify products of the target cultures.

a. Recognize arts, crafts or graphic representations of the target culture.

b. Identify the cultural elements found in music and short video clips.

c. Listen to, read, and identify the products from the target culture.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Modes Of Communication:
presentational
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • identify tangible products unique to the target culture.
  • list key cultural products such as paintings, songs, and dances.
  • recognize cultural products referenced in audio and written the target language recources.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the tangible products that are important to their life and culture.
  • the tangible products that are important to the target language life and culture.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
  • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
  • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
  • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
  • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
  • investigate the relationship between cultural products and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • 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 I
9) Identify products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture and the native culture.

a. Identify daily routines in the target culture and the native culture.

b. Identify celebrations in the target culture and the native culture.

c. Identify games, stories, songs, and rhymes from the native culture and those from the target culture.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Modes Of Communication:
presentational
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • identify the difference between the terms products, practices, and perspectives.
  • list items or products important to the target language culture.
  • list actions or practices that are important to the target language culture.
  • recognize why these products and practices are important to the target language culture (perspectives).
  • identify celebrations important to the target language culture.
  • identify products and practices associated with celebrations in the target language culture.
  • recognize games, stories, songs, and rhymes that are significant to the target language culture.
  • identify products, practices, and perspectives that are important to their own personal culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Student know:
  • how to identify important cultural products, practices, and perspectives that are important within their own personal lives.
  • how to use present tense verbs to describe what people do.
  • how to use adjectives to describe nouns.
Skills:
Students are able to:
Novice Mid Level
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to native culture.
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to the target language culture including celebrations, music, games, and rhymes.
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to native culture.
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to the target language culture including celebrations, music, games, and rhymes.
  • compare and contrast native and target culture products, practices and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • there are similarities and differences in the characteristics of the target culture and their own.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level II
2) Interpret what is heard, read, or viewed on familiar topics using the past tense.

a. Restate information from audio and visual documents in the target language.

b. Locate key information from announcements and messages connected to daily activities in the target culture.

c. Relate the main themes and significant details on topics from other subjects and products of the cultures.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpretive Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Novice High Level
Students:
  • sometimes understand written and oral simple questions or statements on familiar topics.
  • understand simple written and oral information when presented with pictures and graphs.
  • sometimes understand the main topic of conversations that they overhear.
  • sometimes understand the main idea of published materials.
  • understand simple everyday notices in public places on topics that are familiar to them.

Intermediate Low Level
Students:
    • understand the basic purpose of an oral or written message.
    • understand messages related to his/her basic needs.
    • understand questions and simple statements on everyday topics when he/she is a part of the conversation.
    • identify some information from news media.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know: how to:
  • interpret audio and visual documents in the target language
  • identify key information and details from the target language materials
  • explain how the target language is connected to other content areas through geography, history, etc.
  • recognize basic products of the target language culture.
Skills:
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • identify the key idea presented by a speaker or published work on a familiar topic.
  • differentiate between questions and statements.
  • gather basic information from graphs, charts and pictures.
  • rely on background knowledge to aid in comprehension of difficult or new words.
  • recognize characters and punctuation marks that are unique to the target language.
Intermediate Low Level
Students are able to:
  • identify patterns in the contruction of past tense verbs and how this impacts meaning of texts.
  • how to recognize and use descriptors in basic conversations
  • restate key information.
  • use cognates to assist in comprehension of target language materials.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
Novice 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.
Students understand that:
Intermediate Low 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 II
5) Identify perspectives through products of the target cultures.

a. Describe products of the target culture.

b. Describe arts, crafts, or graphic representations of the target culture.

c. Describe the cultural elements found in music and short video clips.

d. Listen to, read, and describe the products in a variety of texts.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Modes Of Communication:
presentational
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • recognize how tangible products are shaped by the perspective of a culture.
  • Explain key cultural products such as paintings, songs, dances, music, and videos.
  • Discuss why cultural products are important to a culture based on textual resources.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • a tangible or intangible product is influenced by the target language life and culture.
  • the perspective of a the target language culture is interconnected with the products of the culture.
Skills:
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
  • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
  • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
  • investigate the relationship between cultural products and perspectives.
Intermediate Low Level
Students are able to:
  • utilize common target language cultural vocabulary to discuss paintings, songs, foods, etc.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • similarities and differences in the products of another culture often stem from the perspective of that culture.
  • 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 II
9) Compare products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture and the native culture.

a. Compare daily routines in the target culture and the native culture.

b. Compare celebrations in the target culture and the native culture.

c. Compare games, stories, songs, and rhymes from the native culture and those from the target culture.

Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:

Students:
  • compare and contrast daily life activities in the target and native cultures.
  • compare and contrast holiday celebrations and traditions in the target and native cultures.
  • compare games, fairy tales, songs, and rhymes from the target and native cultures.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how people in the target culture tend to spend their days.
  • what holidays are celebrated in the target culture and how they are celebrated.
  • a few games, fairy tales, songs, and rhymes in the target culture.
Skills:
Novice High Level
Students are able to:
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to native culture.
  • identify the products, practices, and perspectives that are unique to the target language culture including celebrations, music, games, and rhymes.
  • compare and contrast native and target culture products, practices and perspectives.
Intermediate Low Level
Students are able to:
  • compare and contrast daily life activities in the target and native cultures, such as schooling, working, freetime activities, and daily routines.
  • compare and contrast holiday celebrations and traditions in the target and native cultures.
  • identify games, fairy tales, songs, and rhymes from the target culture and compare them with those of the native culture.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • daily routines may differ between cultures as a result of several contributing factors.
  • different cultures may celebrate holidays in diverse ways.
  • different cultures may celebrate different holidays.
  • different cultures have original games, stories, songs, and rhymes.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
Tags: Charlemagne, Communication, Comparisons, Culture, Education, France, French, Interpretive Listening, Novice High, Novice Mid, Perspectives, Practices, School
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