I imagine that many of you out there in the blogosphere enjoy reading Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with your upper level French students like I do. I've collected many ideas over the years for activities to use while teaching this wonderful book. I think these ideas were passed on to me by my friend Mary, and I believe she found them on the FL Teach ListServ. I use these at the end of our study of the book after students understand the book well. I usually give students the choice of one of the following:
- Write, create and illustrate 4 postcards written by the Little Prince to his flower from some of the planets he visited in the book.
- Create a board game or a card game that uses questions based on Le Petit Prince. Illustrate the game and write original questions and answers to be used in the game.
- Design and create a planet that the Little Prince might have visited, maintaining Saint-Exupéry's style. Write a description of what happens when the Little Prince visits the planet and also explain what the planet represents.
Students are given written directions describing the requirements for each choice. I make sure that the same amount of writing is required for each one. I also ask students to present their projects to other students in the class. This year, I had some wonderful examples of project #3. Here they are:
|The Planet of the Dolphin. Notice the chunks of broken glass used as ice & glaciers!|