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I am thrilled to present my first novel: Alice (also available in Spanish).
“When Alice, a girl who lives in the south of France, finds out she and her family are moving to Paris in a month, she is far from happy. Her friend suggests she makes a list of the most important things she wants to accomplish before she leaves. Alice writes four items on her list and sets off on a quest to discover what truly matters to her.”
The novel has 4,700 words and 340 headwords, including a lot of words similar to English (I don’t delete cognates from the total word count). I wrote it with level 2 and above students in mind. Here is a sample for you to read in order to decide if the language is appropriate for your students.
THEMES: Friendship – Sports – Family – Perseverance – Love – Racism
PRAISE FOR “ALICE”
- Listen to one chapter or the entire book, read by me 🙂 Click here to access the recording.
- Ask compelling questions to engage students to relate the text to their own lives.
- Tell the story of “Le Comte de Monte Cristo” using Story Listening supplementation
- Visit Le Chateau d’If with this excellent video (and/or 3D technology if you have access to it) or use TV5Monde to learn a little more about this historic building.
- Compare favorite ice creams, using Le Glacier du Roi’s mouth watering website and this awesome reportage.
- Explore what Ramadan means with a 1 jour, 1 question video
- Analyze “Je suis chez moi”, a song by Black M
- Discuss l’immigration en France, using informative short videos by Generiques.org
- Debate the place of women in sports using Alice as a starting point, and Women in soccer and Women in boxing as real life examples.
- Here is a folder where teachers can share activities (as long as they don’t violate copyrights
I selected the above activities because I truly believe they provide more interesting input and cultural perspective. But remember… reading and enjoying the story is the surest way to acquire language, not doing a lot of extra activities.