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This authentic resource is a collection of misadventures told by our precocious protagonist, le petit Nicolas. Written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, this book may have originally been written for young French natives, but it’ll make a wonderful addition to your French classroom.
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©1994. French. Highly advanced. High school. 4 x 7 inches. Softcover, 139 pages.
To keep students’ attention, have students draw out storyboards of each chapter as they read the book instead of writing down notes. At the end of each chapter, have them try to retell it in French to a partner—even if they only remember certain characters, expressions, plot lines, etc. Without looking at the book and only looking at the drawings, have them try to rewrite what they can. Come together as a class and see if students remember the main details and if they are in the correct order.