For all the ideas you need a picture stimulus and bilingual dictionaries and card strips to write down their people pillar portrait poems .
i think that this activity would work really well to for a Father's Day focus, for a Year 6 leavers focus on what describes a Year 7 "ready to learn" new starter etc .... the potential is almost limitless
Focus on one masculine singular noun and a stimulus picture e.g "un clown"
- Ask the children to look up and cross reference adjectives to describe a clown
- Are there any adjectives that the children need to write in French before the noun- talk about these first!
- Ask the children on rough paper to write the adjective in the correct position next to the noun in a list - therefore you repeat thre noun"clown" and write a different adjective next to the noun each time.
Un clown amusant,
un clown actif,
un grand clown,
un clown .........,
- The children can now make your first "people pillar portrait poem".All they need to do is to write their list written in rough on to the card strip.
- Create plasticine or blu-tac feet for the card strip and add clown heads to the pillars.
Focus on a feminine singular noun and a stimulus picture e.g. "une reine"
Une belle reine,
une reine magnifique,
une petite reine,
- The children can now make your second "people pillar portrait poem".All they need to do is to write their list written in rough on to a new card strip.
- Attach the new card strip to the plasticine or blu-tac feet so that the card strips for the clown and the queen are back to back.Add a queen's clown head to the new card pillar.
- Ask the children to find their own two nouns -one masculine and one feminine.The nouns should represent people or professions.
- Ask the children to create their own people pillar poems and challenge the children to try to use some of the same adjectives to describe both the masculine and feminine nouns.
- This will allow the children to make comparisopns on spelling of the adjectives when being used with a masculine or feminine singular noun.
Making the activity 3D
Clare Seccombe and I have been busy challengimng each other to take ideas we have generated or found and add a twist.Recently I challenged clare to create a 3D version of the People Pillar Portrait Poem. The challenge was successfu; and here is Clare's blpog post response....