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French Fluency & Culture for High School

April 30th, 2022

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2022, and time for Foreign Language at ClickSchooling!

Annenberg Learner: French in Action

(www.learner.org/series/french-in-action/)

Grades 9-Adult, with parental supervision

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include:

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjective
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

Language Arts Lesson Snips

June 23rd, 2021

Language Arts & Multi-Subject Lesson Snips

(www.lessonsnips.com/category/language%20arts)

Grades 2-8, which parental supervision

I am continuously AMAZED by the educational material available for free on the Net. While this is not a multi-media site, it does offer free, multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable and printable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

Description: For the purpose of today’s review, I’m focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as:

  • Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and, with just a tweak, can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

If nothing else, review the menus in each subject category – you’re sure to find inspiration for introducing new ideas and topics to your kids.

Amazing Guide to Grammar and Writing

June 16th, 2021

Capital Community College Foundation – Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Grades 3-11, with parental supervision

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows:

  • Word & Sentence Level — adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level — paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level — principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices — Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints — instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter.

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Step-by-Step French Tutorial

June 12th, 2021

The French Tutorial

(www.frenchtutorial.com/en/)

Grades 6 and up, with parental supervision

Learn the French language including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Just like a beginning French language textbook, the student is introduced to pronouns, the difference between masculine and feminine objects, verb tenses, vocabulary, building sentences, etc. You will learn to count in French, and say greetings suitable for every holiday at this site too! There is a little speaker button that you can click on at any time during the tutorial that allows you to hear the words pronounced correctly.

This website helps students build a good foundation in learning French.

Inspire Creative Writing and Poetry

April 7th, 2021

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

 

This website offers a free, unique, and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained on the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also, check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns, and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative languages such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery, and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Learn the Basics of Russian

March 20th, 2021

MasterRussian.com

(masterrussian.com/)

Grades 6-12, with parental supervision

 

This ad-supported website helps lays the foundation for learning Russian.

Use the left-hand menu to select lessons that teach: 

  • Russian alphabet
  • Names of letters
  • Pronunciation: Cons.
  • Pronunciation: Vowels
  • Noun Gender/Number
  • Cases of Nouns
  • Russian Greetings
  • Personal Pronouns
  • 1000 Common Words
  • 500 Russian Verbs
  • Top Russian Nouns

Lessons include an explanation of the topic and most include clickable audio files. There are also some video lessons, tests, and quizzes, and learning games scattered throughout.

Selecting the “Start Learning Russian” under the “Browse Topics” section of the menu will bring up a page with a simple plan that includes links to specific lessons. Also in the “Browse Topics” menu, you will find pages that provide links to other resources and topics such as dictionaries, writing in Russian, folk music, Russian culture, and much more.

This website provides a good starting point for learning Russian.

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