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Paul Smith (Teacher of French & German KS3 - 5)

In amongst the madness that is modern-day teaching, I still find time (somehow) and enjoy creating my own resources, from Key Stage 3 worksheets and PowerPoint presentations to Key Stage 5 model A-Level French & German essays, and everything in between. PLEASE leave an honest review if you purchase any of my resources! Thanks, Paul

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In amongst the madness that is modern-day teaching, I still find time (somehow) and enjoy creating my own resources, from Key Stage 3 worksheets and PowerPoint presentations to Key Stage 5 model A-Level French & German essays, and everything in between. PLEASE leave an honest review if you purchase any of my resources! Thanks, Paul
A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe Demain - Le contexte et le récit (4 lessons PowerPoint)
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A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe Demain - Le contexte et le récit (4 lessons PowerPoint)

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A 34 slide PowerPoint with at least 4 lessons worth of activities for students to become more familiar with the novel Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faïza Guène, specifically the context and the storyline of the work. The lessons based around the book's context include activities on the author herself, as well as it's literary milieu as a celebrated piece of littérature beur. There is also a lesson based around gaining a greater understanding of the history of immigration in France . The storyline lessons build knowledge of the key events in the book, culminating in a task requiring pupils to match summary titles to each "chapter" from the book, complete with page number references. This will enable pupils to build a useful table to refer back to, when looking for evidence of particular aspects of the storyline when writing A-level essays. The PowerPoint includes gap-fill tasks, reading and listening comprehension tasks, summary tasks, phrase finder tasks, as well as translation and grammar activities, with answers to facilitate self- and peer assessment of activities.
A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine Essay Writing Framework
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A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine Essay Writing Framework

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This is a list of generic essay phrases that I have used in my many model essays on La Haine which I give to my students at the start of the year and encourage them to use when writing their own essays on the film. In this way, students are "trained" to write their essays in a structured fashion, following the Point-Evidence-Evaluation model. I call this the bones of the essay, and the meat on those bones comes from their own planning and ideas. I also encourage my pupils to add to this list should they come across any expressions that they like/use that aren't already on the list. Although students obviously aren't allowed any aid in the exam with them, by the final exam, some of these phrases will be embedded in their work by force of repetition. Students will naturally develop "favourites" and provided that these are used in the correct context, it will enable them to focus more on the content, i.e. gaining more marks for the critical analysis of the ideas they put forward.
A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe Demain - KKD présente une image optimiste de la vie en banlieue (ESSAY)
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A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe Demain - KKD présente une image optimiste de la vie en banlieue (ESSAY)

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This is an extensive 1043-word model response to the A-level French Paper 2 question on Kiffe Kiffe Demain « Ce livre présente surtout une image optimiste de la vie en banlieue parisienne. » Dans quelle mesure êtes-vous d’accord avec ce jugement ? The document also contains activities aimed at exploiting the model essay, including a phrase finder task for useful generic essay structures, a match-up synonym task of words/expressions found in the essay, a French > English translation task and a summary task which will require students to summarise what they understand from each of the paragraphs in the main body of the essay in English following the point, evidence and personal evaluation rationale in terms of structure. This template then serves as a basis for students to commence their own plan to attempt the same essay question.
GCSE or AS FRENCH: Negative constructions
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GCSE or AS FRENCH: Negative constructions

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A self-made PowerPoint on Negative Constructions covering ne...pas, ne…guère, ne…jamais, ne…plus, ne…que, ne…personne and ne…rien. It includes examples and explanations of how each one works and has a translation exercise at the end to incorporate ideas presented in previous slides. The slides make a useful handout for students.
A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe kiffe demain Analysez les rapports entre personnages masculins / féminins ESSAY
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A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe kiffe demain Analysez les rapports entre personnages masculins / féminins ESSAY

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A 762-word model essay in response to the AQA A-level French Paper 2 question on Faiza Guene’s Kiffe Kiffe Demain with the title “Analysez les rapports entre les personnages féminins et les personnages masculins dans ce roman.” The model essay is accompanied by 6 exercises, including a synonym finder task, a grammar gap-fill based on adjectival agreement, a verb formation gap-fill task, a diamond 9 speaking task based on relationships between characters, an English summary task to show understanding of model essay’s structure and content (Point-Evidence-Evaluation) and the final task which requires pupils to choose the relationships they wish to analyse and to offer their thoughts to each one. This resource could be used over the course of 2 lessons and serves as an excellent model to support less confident pupils, but also contains a wealth of vocabulary and structures in order to inspire the more able.
GCSE German - Gesundheit Du bist was du isst
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GCSE German - Gesundheit Du bist was du isst

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A reading comprehension worksheet with a model text and 2 comprehension tasks, including a "richtig, falsch, nicht im Text" task and a vocabulary identification task. The text provides a useful model for pupils preparing a response as part of a GCSE writing or speaking task.
AS GERMAN - Warum gibt es oft Konflikte zwischen den Generationen? MODEL ESSAY
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AS GERMAN - Warum gibt es oft Konflikte zwischen den Generationen? MODEL ESSAY

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A model response I wrote for my AS German group in response to the Jan 2012 AQA GERM1 Q12 writing question "Warum gibt es oft Konflikte zwischen den Generationen? Wie kann man solche Konflikte lösen?". I asked pupils to read this firstly and look up and annotate any unknown vocabulary, before ticking separate points which were relevant to either part of the essay title. This enabled pupils to see the number of points being made relevant to title. Then I asked them to look at the various grammatical structures I used and you may wish to go as far as getting the AS German grammar spec and ticking off what is covered in essay.
GCSE German - Sport & Food (Past & Present)
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GCSE German - Sport & Food (Past & Present)

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A grammar/reading comprehension resource with five exercises for pupils to tackle, including adaptation, verb-tense identification and a sentence writing task contrasting previous and current eating and exercise habits.
GCSE German - Perfect Tense worksheet & Perfect Tense summary
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GCSE German - Perfect Tense worksheet & Perfect Tense summary

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I created this resource for my Year 9 group who are studying die Medien und Freizeit. This is a reading comprehension worksheet with two tasks. The first is an identification task of the auxiliary verb and past participle & the second requires pupils to work back from the past participle to the infinitive whilst identifying the auxiliary verb. The latter exercise can be completed with the support of the summary sheet. Sentences can then be adapted as a written task.
A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe demain - KKD comme journal: comment cela affecte l'histoire (Model essay)
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A-LEVEL FRENCH Kiffe Kiffe demain - KKD comme journal: comment cela affecte l'histoire (Model essay)

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A 783-word model written response to the new AQA A-level French 7652 Paper 2 question "Faïza Guène présente Kiffe kiffe demain comme un journal. Comment est-ce que cela affecte la façon dont l’histoire est présentée ?" The response is followed by a comprehensive vocabulary list which will enable pupils of all levels to access the model response. Pupils can use the model response to identify point, evidence and personal evaluation in each main paragraph, as well as to draw out useful generic essay language which they can in turn use in their own work.
A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine Les thèmes principaux (1 lesson PowerPoint)
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A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine Les thèmes principaux (1 lesson PowerPoint)

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PowerPoint presentation and supporting resource which introduces the main themes of La Haine. By this stage, pupils will already have built up a knowledge of the plot/storyline. Activities include a short translation starter, a match-up task which can be done in small groups, diamond 9 speaking task, a reading comprehension match-up task requiring students to match examples of specific events in film to specific themes, a synonym finder task, a short writing task to pen own examples from film and matching them to specific themes covered and a speaking task plenary to get pupils thinking about the importance and representation of the themes, as well as the director’s intentions.
A-LEVEL GERMAN: Goodbye Lenin Model Essay - Wie ändert sich das Leben für Alex nach dem Mauerfall
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A-LEVEL GERMAN: Goodbye Lenin Model Essay - Wie ändert sich das Leben für Alex nach dem Mauerfall

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My own model response to the new-style AQA A-level Paper2 question "Wie ändert sich das Leben für Alex nach dem Fall der Mauer? Inwiefern wird alles besser für ihn?". The essay also includes a comprehensive vocabulary list which has been drawn from the essay itself. Many of these phrases and expressions are generic and could be used for other essays. The essay can be accessed in many ways, including: - Asking pupils to highlight the Point, Evidence and Evaluation in each of the main body's paragraphs. They could summarise these in English which is a useful precursor from them to write their own plan in English following the Point, Evidence and Evaluation model. - Highlighting certain sections, phrases or passages for translation to consolidate on grammar structures which may have already been taught. - Asking pupils to read the essay and then consulting the mark scheme they could give the essay a mark and then justify why they chose the mark when discussing with peers. This would help to familiarise pupils with what is needed in order to score the higher marks. I hope you find this resource useful! Paul
A-LEVEL FRENCH  La Haine - Examinez les similarités et les différences entre Saïd, Vinz et Hubert
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A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine - Examinez les similarités et les différences entre Saïd, Vinz et Hubert

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A comprehensive 926-word model essay on the new AQA AS French Paper 2 writing title on La Haine "Examinez les similarités et les différences entre Saïd, Vinz et Hubert dans La Haine." The essay covers every one of the suggested bulletpoints and can be exploited in a variety of ways, and also includes a vocabulary list with key expressions and vocabulary used throughout the essay.
Mes loisirs autrefois et maintenant
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Mes loisirs autrefois et maintenant

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A reading comprehension task and some Imperfect tense verb gap-fill/manipulation and translation tasks in a nice concise resource on previous and current hobbies. Pupils can be encouraged to adapt paragraphs to create their own.
A-LEVEL GERMAN Goodbye Lenin - Welche symbolische Bedeutung hat das Koma der Mutter? (MODEL ESSAY)
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A-LEVEL GERMAN Goodbye Lenin - Welche symbolische Bedeutung hat das Koma der Mutter? (MODEL ESSAY)

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A 580-word model essay response to the new AQA AS Paper 2 essay writing question "Welche Bedeutung hat das Koma der Mutter für die Familie Kerner? Inwiefern ist es symbolisch wichtig?" The essay also has a comprehensive vocabulary list of words and expressions used throughout the essay. This essay can be exploited in a variety of ways, including asking pupils to highlight the point, evidence and evaluation sections of each paragraph, removing expressions or specific vocabulary and asking pupils to fill in the gaps (this can be tailored to the needs of the class), summarising key ideas in English. I also ask pupils to assess it according to the new AQA marks scheme to help to familiarise them with the new marks and how they are obtained.
A-level French La Haine 6 essay bundle
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A-level French La Haine 6 essay bundle

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1) A-LEVEL FRENCH La Haine French Model Essay - Main themes of film director and reaction My response to the A-level essay question Analysez les principaux thèmes ou les principales idées du metteur en scène que vous avez étudié. Comment avez-vous réagi à ces thèmes ou à ces idées ? which is relevant for either the legacy or the new-style A-level courses. This is a great model resource to discuss the importance of structure and to access for vocabulary and essay-writing phrases. We discuss the importance of the PEE model (Point-Evidence-Evaluation) and sometimes get pupils to do group work whereby each group evaluates a paragraph and explains PEE in each to other groups. ***NOW INCLUDES ASSOCIATED EXERCISES FOR PUPILS, INCLUDING PHRASE-FINDER AND TRANSLATION OF EXPRESSIONS WITHIN ESSAY*** "I think this essay will be helpful to any students struggling to get to grips with the demands of the challenge of writing a target language essay on a cultural topic. It would serve as a sound model for how to structure a sufficiently well-argued response, and demonstrates effectively how details should be adduced to explain and justify the points raised." 2) A2 FRENCH La Haine A2 Model Essay - Points positifs et aspects qu'on pourrait critiquer + exercises A model essay on La Haine for the A2 French cultural studies essay writing question "Quels aspects de l’œuvre du metteur en scène que vous avez etudié est-ce que vous trouvez plutôt positifs ? Est-ce qu’il y a des aspects de l’œuvre que vous critiqueriez ? Expliquez pourquoi." This resource includes a 732-word model essay with a variety of points, vocabulary and grammatical structures and also 3 exercises for pupils to complete, including a vocabulary finder task, a reading comprehension and target language response task, and a third task which invites pupils to think of further positives and criticisms of La Haine. 3) La Haine A2 FRENCH Model Essay - Le facteur le plus important pour le succès du film Another model essay in response to an A2 essay writing question from the AQA FREN3 June 2013 Q14b. This can be accessed in a variety of ways in order to help pupils make progress with their essay writing. 4) La Haine A2 Model Essay - How does the film's director seek to provoke strong emotions among viewers A model A2 French essay on the film La Haine and on how Kassovitz seeks to provoke strong emotions among viewers. 5) La Haine A2 Model Essay - Influences of director An exemplar model A2 French essay I wrote on the film La Haine about the influences of the film's director Mathieu Kassovitz. It has a few comprehension exercises thereafter. 5* "Thank you very much for this essay. I really like the exercises at the end too." Mlle Pierre 5* "Excellent - very useful resource. I am not teaching La Haine but it has still provided some valuable inspiration to help support my students on the film we are studying" afyvvmc 6) La Haine A2 Model Essay - To what extent does originality play a role in the film's success A model A2 French essay on the film La Haine. Pupils could be asked to pick out key vocabulary, identify structures used, adapt ideas or even pick out key points made, evidence presented or evaluation made. Extent originality contributes to success Some of the essays have accompanying exercises. Bundle price 18% cheaper than buying essays individually.
Les autres œuvres du réalisateur Mathieu Kassovitz
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Les autres œuvres du réalisateur Mathieu Kassovitz

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A research activity in which pupils use the internet or their smartphones using school WIFI to research the other films, apart from La Haine, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and complete the grid. This enables pupils to establish common themes and includes links to 3 of Kassovitz's short films, and can lead to subsequent target language discussion in which pupils offer opinions.