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Maman: « J’ai deux enfants, mais je ne sais pas lequel est le plus gosse des deux ! » Who is as fearsome as the great Red Beard, the pirate? Who makes the best snow balls at school? Le Petit Nicolas is at it again, this time starting fights at school. Originally intended for young French natives, Sempé-Goscinny’s Les bagarres du Petit Nicolas is a great book to entertain any French-language learner who wants to improve their reading skills.
©2012. French. Advanced. High school. 4 x 7 inches. Softcover, 147 pages.
To keep students’ attention, instead of having them take notes as they read the book, have students draw out storyboards for each chapter. 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, plotlines, 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 afterwards, and see if students remember the main details and if they are in the correct order.