French II - Periods 10 and 11

Online Enrichment and Review French II

This week, we are going to try to start our enrichment and review French II program online.  While this system is not perfect and there will be many bumps along the way, this is how we will continue to improve our French skills.  Some of your classmates still haven’t signed up for our Google Classroom, and I ask you to help me get the message out. 

In a few months, you’ll be rising Juniors, and I hope many of you will be joining me in French III.  During our two years together, we’ve covered many vocabulary themes and grammar topics, and you guys know a good amount of French.  During the weeks of this online program, I would like to review some prior concepts, add some skills to your many talents, and improve our communication.  With the help of Google Classroom, Zoom, Passport, Voces, and my own worksheets and activities, we will make sure that your French doesn’t slip away.  I do not expect your work to be perfect.  In life, no one is perfect, and it takes an effort to communicate with others. We will practice our French and communicate together.  Whether or not you use French after graduation is a choice you’ll have to make.  However, I can assure you that you all have the knowledge and skill to communicate in the French language.  In the future, when someone asks if you speak a second language, proudly say “oui” and shoot your shot. 

I plan on having 5 tasks and 3 Zoom sessions each week of our online enrichment and review. 

During each week, I will assign five tasks (one per day) on Google Classroom.
These tasks will consist of grammar review activities, writing activities, reading activities, vocabulary enrichment activities on Passport or Voces, personal questions, and journals.  The activities are not meant to last more than 10-15 minutes, and as I said before, I’m not looking for perfection, just an effort. 

During each week, I will hold 3 short sessions on Zoom.  Each session is not expected to last more than 20-30 minutes, but gives us a chance to speak to each other, check on each other, and practice our French.  We will talk about life, use some of the time for Fronly conversation, and review areas where you need assistance. 

I’m looking at French II Zoom sessions to occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:00.  Please let me know if that time of day conflicts with any of your other responsibilities.  While some people are still signing up for Google Classroom and getting back into “school mode,” we won’t have our 1st Zoom meeting until Wednesday, April 1st.  In order to attend our Zoom meetings, you will have to click on a link and enter a password.  I will post the link and password on Google Classroom the morning of each Zoom session.  You DO NOT need to download Zoom or register for Zoom to enter the session.  Once you do enter, please use your French name as your identifier.  During our first session, we will talk about how Zoom will work, and I’m sure you’ll have many ideas for me and improvement. 

These tasks and Zoom sessions are not meant to stress you out.  In school, I want my class to be a breath of fresh air and a time where you can relax, de-stress, and be yourself.  I’m hoping this will continue in our online class.  For now, nothing is graded.  Do your best, show some effort, and remember, I will always take care of you. 

Remember, this is new for all of us, but in challenging times we rely on family.  I consider you to be my family, and I will be there for you.  Whatever you need, let me know.  I’m hoping these small assignments and online sessions together will bring some normalcy back to your life.  These last two weeks have been scary, and we all need to get back to normal.  Don’t forget, there’s a crazy guy who misses his classroom and is waiting to see you again and ask if you want to talk about it. 

Stay healthy, be honest, and talk to me.  I’ll see you in Zoom.

Lucas 

I've updated the Gradebook.  If you are missing an assignment and would like an alternative assignment to replace your blank grade, contact me.  Once you complete the assignment, I will update your grade.

Hi, guys!  I hope you are all healthy, staying safe, and spending some quality time with your families.  I miss you all, and I hope to be standing in front of you soon with my jokes, rants, and wisdom.  Yes, education will be happening, and I know that you all want to talk about it! These are difficult times, but we will get through this rough experience together.  What's all over my hand?  
That's right.  I've got you.
Mr. Lucas

I'm hoping that we will start some official work together next week.  
In the meantime, if you would like to practice your French and stay engaged, here are some suggestions for you to complete this week:
1.  National French Contest--If you haven't completed the practice tests, you can do these this week.  Depending on when we go back to school, we might have to take the test online in a virtual format.  I will let you know when I hear anything.  In the meantime, you can knock out the practice tests, and I know that many of you did these weeks ago.  :)  I'm expecting many top awards this year! 
2.  Soon, we'll be reading Le monstre dans le métro, a short story about a monster who visits Paris.  On a sheet of paper, draw your own monster, give him/her a name, label the characteristics in French, and write a little paragraph about your monster.  Be creative, be detailed, and be crazy.  Take a picture of your monster and send to me (e-mail or text).     
3.  Find something in your house that means a lot to you.  In a virtual show and tell, talk about that item in French expressing what it is, what you do with it, and why it is important to you.  Have fun with this, and send your video to me (e-mail or text).  You guys have been putting in so much work, and I don't want to see you lose any of your talents.  Entertain your families in French, create some videos, talk to each other, talk to your pets, and talk to me.     
4.  If you're looking to improve your French and share with the family, you can try watching a Netflix movie in French, listening to some French music, or chatting with each other in French.  Share your knowledge, teach, and then you'll realize why I enjoy my profession!  

Once we start with official online school work, I will be using my website, Google Classroom, Passport, Voces, and Zoom to communicate with you and engage you.  I will post documents in Google Classroom, and we will work together.  Learning a language is hard on your own, so I plan on meeting as a class on Zoom to review concepts, to do some conversations and show and tell, and to connect.  Your French has improved so much this year, and we've gotten closer.  I hate not being with you every day, and this is one way for us to stick together.  Have a few jokes ready to go.  I can't wait to talk to you and make you laugh...when I tell my jokes to my TV, Playstation, or the plants, no one laughs.  Not sure why.  You guys are a much better audience.   

Before next week, would you please do the following?
1.  Download the Zoom app, if you don't already have it.  This is a great platform to see the class and work with each other.  I'm planning on using this.  
2.  Join our Google Classroom page.  Class Code:  odvzayw.
3.  Send me a text or e-mail with your name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.  My phone number and e-mail address are below.  I'm going to try to set up a group e-mail or text message to keep you guys informed with Zoom meeting links and other necessary information.  

Take a breath, relax, and remember, everything is going to work out.  This is new for all of us, and I will do my best to continue teaching you, being there for you, and helping you out every step of the way. Keep up the good work, and let me know if you have any questions.
Stay tuned for updates on what we will be doing in our virtual classroom.  
I look forward to catching up soon.  :) 

Mr. Lucas
Lucasc@dunmoreschooldistrict.net
570-575-1922
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