Use this unit plan to organize and present the activities below in order to instruct a thematic unit about holidays and parties.


Use this Google Slides to introduce new vocabulary. Have students follow along with this graphic organizer. Use this Quizlet to reinforce vocabulary. 


Google Slides to give students La Marseillaise in context. Afterwards, have students sing the Marseillaise with lyrics on Youtube as a class (they get into it, trust me!).


Use this Pixton to have students guess what the expressions in the vocabulary packet mean. Afterwards, have partners create their own dialogues using the expressions.


This is a play on Time's Up, a description and charades game adapted for the classroom to practice new vocabulary. Write out the words that you want to be in play. Pass them out to students who have to come up with either associated words or sentences to describe them. Collect all the cards again and split the room into two teams. 

Round 1 : You have the stack of cards and you give Team 1 2 minutes to get through as many words as they can using the descriptions. They can use as many words as they want (if they think of more while up describing, they can use them!). Switch to Team 2 after 2 minutes. Continue switching until all cards have been gone through. Then, add up how many cards each team got. 

Round 2 : Charades. Students go through the same stack of cards again, but this time they have to act them out. This round only give students 1 minute per round. Switch off until the whole stack has been gone through. Then, count up how many each team got. 

Round 3 : One word. Going through the stack a third time (students should be familiar with the words by this point!), they only have one word to describe the card that they are trying to get their team to guess. Give students 1 minute per round until all the cards are gone. 

The winning team has gotten through the most cards between the three rounds.

Time's Up (Frenchified!)


Short reading on the history and significance of La Toussaint in France. After reading out loud as a class, have students work in partners on the comprehension questions.


Google Slides created by Andrea Martin. Introduction to Direct Object Pronouns with vocabulary.


Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns explanation with practice exercises following. Go through these slowly - I've found students get very confused, or can grasp one and not the other. Any advice or resources that you've found works, let me know and I'll add them to this unit!


This is another good vocabulary game for when students have a few extra minutes at the end of class. Good for practicing using Direct Object Pronouns as well. Invite one student to come up in front of the class and have their back to the board. Behind them, put up a noun. Students have to try to describe it to the student up in front of the class without using the word. They can, however, using COD to describe what "it" is used for. 

Back to the board


Paired with this reading, have students answer comprehension questions about France's national holiday celebration. 


Google Slides presentation created by Andrea Martin introducing Indirect Object Pronouns. See above packet for exercises to practice with Indirect Object Pronouns.


Use this sheet to help students differentiate between direct and indirect object pronouns. This breaks down selecting them into 5 simple steps. 


Use this Google Slides to have students test their knowledge of Direct and Indirect object pronouns. Students can work through this individually or with partners.


Use this Google Slides to introduce vocabulary for the second part of this unit. Accompany with this document so students can follow along. Use this Google Slides without the words to test students memory/ knowledge to reinforce vocabulary. On the first slide you can play a game like fly swatters. Practice with this Quizlet


This game is an interactive flashcard game that students play in groups of threes. There are three rounds to this game. First, students have to label the back of the flashcards with their associated vocabulary word. Then, students lay cards with the French side facing up. One student (of the three) calls out the English word. The other two partners try and find the French word first. When they do, they take the card into their possession. Play this round three times, so that every student has a chance to be the "leader" and call out the English words to the other two players. Round two is the same game, except this time the pictures are up and students call out the word in French. Play this round three times as well. Finally, round 3 is the teacher calls out the French words to the entire class and small groups compete to find the associated photos.


Introduce these useful expressions to students and have them practice using the exercise provided! Practice with this Quizlet as well.


Use this Google Slides to introduce passé composé to students. Accompany with this graphic organizer. There are references to myself in this Google Slides, so use it as a base if you would like to create your own! Using the graphic organizer, students dissect how the passé composé is formed and what it means. Use Quizlet to introduce irregular past participles.


In partners, have students work with this list of words, a pair of scissors, and gluesticks to create sentences in the passé composé. Cut, paste, and move around to create interesting sentences. I usually have students complete this activity as a race (see how many you can create in x amount of minutes) which gives kids competitive motivation!


Using Jacque Prevert's poem, have students complete the gap fill with the words they hear. Use either this version or this version on YouTube. Students can then cut out these cards and place them in order that they hear them while listening without the text in front of them. After students have discussed the poem (I like having them watch this interpretation and talk about if they agree or disagree with the interpretation), have them reinterpret the poem, following these guidelines


Cat shaming Google Slides presentation developed by Elizabeth Balge with activity adapted on last card to practice with the passé composé. Check out this example of a student submission (great for Snapchat users). 


Have students narrate the story by watching the video without sound in small groups. Combine groups' responses to create a class summary in the passé composé of what happened during Mickey's birthday. 


Using this gapfill activity, have students listen and jam out to Tahiti while filling in the blanks with the words that they hear. 


Using Partner A and Partner B's worksheets, exchange information about the surprise party that was planned and record what your partner says as you understand it. 

Passé Composé Interpersonal


After introducing passé composé in the negative form, have partners discuss what the people did in these pictures as well as what they didn't do. Have students share out answers to the class after discussing in their partners.


Using this YouTube video, have students complete the blanks with the words that they understand. Then, discuss meaning and what they understood from the video, giving the context of the attacks on Paris.