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  • Dunlap High School
  • Dunlap, IL

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One of the ways I help my students learn a broad range of French vocabulary and structures (and especially slang!) is by letting them choose a book that interests them from our library's selection of French novels and dedicating one day a week for them to curl up with a blanket or in a cozy corner of our library and just read. When they finish their books, we talk about what excited or impressed them most about their story. They then use the vocabulary they have learned throughout their reading days to compose an essay analyzing the development of the characters with whom they most identify, using examples from the story and from their lives. Some of the days my students look forward to most are the quiet, calm days they spend in my classroom or in the library just reading. The novels, both traditional and graphic, that are on my request list are stories that I have researched that I believe will most interest and engage my students. These are topics and genres I have seen students get excited about in their pleasure-reading books in English, and I want to see my students get just as excited to be able to read these types of books in their second language. With the recent surge in popularity of graphic novels, I hope to be able to grab my students' attention even more with these new books, as well as to reach my lower level and novice learners with these beautifully illustrated stories that will still allow them to develop their reading skills in French. The title of this project is partially in French because of the play on words which sums up why I have made this request. Lire des livres, car lire délivre: Read books, because reading delivers.

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One of the ways I help my students learn a broad range of French vocabulary and structures (and especially slang!) is by letting them choose a book that interests them from our library's selection of French novels and dedicating one day a week for them to curl up with a blanket or in a cozy corner of our library and just read. When they finish their books, we talk about what excited or impressed them most about their story. They then use the vocabulary they have learned throughout their reading days to compose an essay analyzing the development of the characters with whom they most identify, using examples from the story and from their lives. Some of the days my students look forward to most are the quiet, calm days they spend in my classroom or in the library just reading. The novels, both traditional and graphic, that are on my request list are stories that I have researched that I believe will most interest and engage my students. These are topics and genres I have seen students get excited about in their pleasure-reading books in English, and I want to see my students get just as excited to be able to read these types of books in their second language. With the recent surge in popularity of graphic novels, I hope to be able to grab my students' attention even more with these new books, as well as to reach my lower level and novice learners with these beautifully illustrated stories that will still allow them to develop their reading skills in French. The title of this project is partially in French because of the play on words which sums up why I have made this request. Lire des livres, car lire délivre: Read books, because reading delivers.

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