THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATORS OF
NEW JERSEY
IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION
AND
NEW JERSEY PRINCIPALS AND
SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
PRESENTS:
TWO-PART TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP SERIES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009
A French Thematic Unit
By
Marie-Laure Hoffmann
Westfield High School
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
New Jersey Chapter Co-President
Les Elections Présidentielles:
Comparing
Presidential Election Systems in
the United and France.
French Presidential Elections
Sunday April 21 and SundayMay 6, 2007
1st round: Sunday April 22, 2007
2d round: Sunday May 6, 2007
NICOLAS
SARKOZY
53.06%
SEGOLENE
ROYAL
46.94%
United States Presidential Elections:
Tuesday November 4, 2008
BARACK OBAMA
Electoral vote: 365
Popular vote: 52.9%
JOHN MC CAIN
Electoral Vote: 173
Popular Vote: 45.7%
NJCCCS: Standard 7: Communication & Culture for the 21st Century
All students will be able to communicate, to understand and be understood in
real world contexts, in at least one world language in addition to English.
Students will use language to…
… understand and interpret spoken and written
language (interpretive)
… engage in meaningful conversation and
negotiate meaning (interpersonal), and…
… present information, concepts and ideas
(presentational) as they gain understanding of
the perspectives of the culture(s)…
… while experiencing its products and practices…
… make connections with other content areas…
… compare the language/culture studied with
their own, and participate in home and global
communities in or outside a school setting. \
Content
 Strand: Interpretive Interpersonal Presentational
 Essential Questions: How does the US system compare with
another country? What are the differences and what
conclusions do we draw from them? What is democracy?
 Enduring Understanding:
Our election system and its comparison to another country’s.
Advantages and drawbacks of our system.
The meaning of democracy.
 Content: Election system and democracy, social needs and
priorities, personal identity, geography (Social Studies
connection).
Process
Interpretive mode:
 Set the context and create interest:
Concept Mapping to visualize the objectives of the unit.
Watch French TV news clip on the US elections.
 Scaffolding:
Build a vocabulary bank.
Identify elements of the US and French electoral processes.
Read, discuss, compare and contrast US and French electoral systems
from blogs, web sites (delicious) and other media sources.
Interpersonal mode:
 Groups of students will:
 Identify and choose vocabulary for the vocabulary bank.
 Identify and discuss elements of the electoral process in the US and
France.
 Compare, contrast , and evaluate both systems.
Presentational mode:
 Present group reports on other countries/ ideal candidate (Power Point or
Voice Thread embedded into Wiki).
 Essays.
 Class discussions
Interdisciplinary/Assessment Implementation
Strategies
Interdisciplinary Connections
 Geography: Location of countries.
 Social Studies and Government: How to elect a
president? What does democracy mean?
 Language Arts Literacy: Comprehension and
Communication strategies.
Global Perspectives
 Explore electoral systems from different
countries
 Research products and practices of target
cultures.
Final Assessments
Interpretive:
 Demonstrate an understanding in oral (class discussions/ oral
questioning) and written assessments (cloze paragraphs) of the
vocabulary necessary to describe and discuss the election systems
in both countries.
 Demonstrate an understanding in oral (class discussions) and
written assessments (paragraphs/ essays) of how the US and the
French electoral systems work.
 Synthesize information by highlighting strengths and weaknesses
in both systems, and creating a description of an ideal system/
candidate (class discussions/written comparisons entered on
wiki/in-class essay writing)
Interpersonal:
 Q/A w/ whole class or group.
 Q/A using voice thread.
 Students share information on the Wiki (vocabulary, differences
between both systems, web site from delicious, opinion poll using
Google Docs).
Presentational:
 Create a new page on the wiki for a group Power Point
presentation, Voice Thread presentation, or video.
Technology Integration
INTERPRETIVE:
 Wiki
 Web search (delicious.com)
 Voice Thread
 Bubbl
INTERPERSONAL:
 Wiki
 Google Docs
 Doodle
 Voice Thread
PRESENTATIONAL:
 Bubbl
 Wiki
 Doodle
 Voicethread
 Power Point
PROCESS:
LES ELECTIONS/THEMATIC UNIT
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French Thematic Unit by Marie-Laure Hoffmann Westfield