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This project seeks to use the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform to introduce students to the great cultural and linguistic diversity that exists within the French-speaking world, moving beyond the borders of France. Students are introduced to the topic using an ArcGIS map of the francophone world. Students then engage further with the topic by creating their own interactive ArcGIS StoryMap of a particular French-speaking country or region, embedding it with multimedia content that represents the country or region's unique cultural and linguistic heritage. A complete outline of all steps is included on the project page.
Social reading offers learners the opportunity to work together to annotate a text. Students can post asynchronously before coming to class or synchronously as an in-class reading/writing activity. Reading together facilitates textual interpretation, cultural connections, and allows students to share what they’re thinking as they think it.
Students will analyze and discuss the information related to the United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals on the "Les Objectifs de développement durable" website. In small groups, they will choose one francophone country and 5 of the 17 United Nations goals. After doing some research, students will use Utellstory.com to illustrate how they would implement the 5 chosen goals in their country of choice. Each goal will be represented by an image, an explanatory text, and an oral narrative. ACTFL interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communication modes will be activated as well.
UTELLSTORY: Tell me about your travel experiences!
The project uses Utellstory.com as its main creative tool in order to enhance learning.
It consists of several speaking and writing activities centered around the "travel theme". It is intended for students in their second semester of first-year French or at the novice-mid level on the ACTFL proficiency benchmark. It is created based on a multiliteracies pedagogical approach.
UtellStory is a multimedia storytelling and sharing community where one can easily create and share stories with audios, images, videos, and words.
Using the music video "Territory" from French musicians The Blaze, students will interpret a representation of an Algerian family with a worksheet designed using a multiliteracies pedagogical approach. Before watching the video in class, students will read an excerpt of an interview in French with the musicians and answer true and false comprehension questions for homework.