French III - Period 1

Online Enrichment and Review French III

This week, we are going to try to start our enrichment and review French III 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 seniors, and I hope many of you will be joining me in French IV.  During our three 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, Vhl, 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 Vhl, 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 III Zoom sessions to occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:00.  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 

Hey, guys!

I'm updating the Gradebook with your assessments. Some of you never completed the online quiz that was due Friday, March 13th. If you would like to complete that, go ahead, and I'll give you credit. Additionally, if you are missing any of the online homework assignments on Vhl and would like to complete them for credit, I will erase your 0s.

Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon.
Lucas

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.  :)
2.  On Vhl, I've posted a few enrichment activities.  There is a video about French Louisiana with some questions.  There is also an online reading with questions about French Polynesia.  I had to put deadlines in order to assign them to you, but we will talk about any official work next week.    
3.  Find something in your house that means a lot to you.  In a short video, talk about it in French and send to me.  It's a show and tell from home!  You've all been home for quite a few days, so I guess that finally makes you experts in something.  Do you see what I did there?  Ph.D. :) 
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.    

Once we start with official online school work, I will be using my website, Google Classroom, Vhl 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.  

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:  puaddjk.
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.
I look forward to catching up soon.  :) 

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




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