My Home Town
Title: My Home Town
Topic: Giving Directions
Focus Age Group: 11 to 18 years
National Standards Goals:
Communication Cultures Connections Comparisons Communities
Interpersonal Interpretive Presentational
NJ Cumulative Progress Indicators:
- 7.1.5 Provide and obtain information on familiar topics
- 7.1.9 Describe people, places, things, and events with some detail
- 7.2.1 Demonstrate an awareness of culture
Timeframe: One full class period of 40 minutes
Description of Task:
Two French foreign exchange students with very limited command of English have just come to live with your family for the semester. Your Mom has asked you to help them find their way around town. To accomplish this you decide to prepare a map and a cassette tape, which will guide them to some of the interesting and important buildings and landmarks in your town.
The map will be in card format, and will include reference to at least five landmarks, each of which will be labeled in French on the map. At least one of these landmarks should be a building (such as the post office), which will show an element of American life that is different form European life.
The cassette tape will include directions, in French, from your house to each of the five landmarks you have chosen.
Map of your town
Photos of landmarks and buildings in your town
Blank cassette tapes
After reviewing building names and directions, place pictures and maps around the classroom to provide focus for the activity.
- Labels six or more locations
- Includes correct accent marks
- Uses several correct action words in the directions
- Labels buildings correctly
- Identifies a building that has a different function in France
- Clearly enunciates sentences which would direct the students to town
||Does Not Meet Expectations
- Mislabels one or more buildings
- Does not provide helpful guidelines from the house to town
Edison Intermediate School
800 Rahway Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090