Most days, I can say that I really don’t regret my decision to study French instead of Spanish. I think the French language and culture have a lot to offer students! That is…until the end of October rolls around, my students are squirrely, Halloween is approaching and Spanish teachers have a great cultural and linguistic opportunity in Day of the Dead and French teachers get…la Toussaint. Womp womp.
I’ve done lessons on la Toussaint before and while it’s been a great educational opportunity, it’s not exactly the most engaging subject as Toussaint tends to be eclipsed by the two-week vacation that all French students get in honor of the holiday (which no one really celebrates beyond laying mums on a loved one’s grave).
My French 3 kids have JUST started a unit on Legends and the Supernatural (previously done at the end of last year with my level 4 kids), so they’ll be seeing most of these resources but they really could be adapted to (almost) any level. Our grammar focus for all of first semester in level 3 is passe compose and imparfait, so this unit lends itself very well to narrating stories in the past!
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a way to use the language to honor this spooky season, consider some of these resources!
The Michel Ocelot film Les contes de la nuit
Most of my reading resources for this unit are self-created Embedded Readings of the following stories:
Le Nain Rouge de Detroit (try as I might, I cannot find a document that is already in French, thus I created it myself based on the details here)
Barbe Bleue by Perrault (I choose this one as it is particularly scary/gory for a fairy tale!)
Et voilà! Hopefully these resources will help carry you and your students through the spooky Halloween season (and help take the sting out of not having a calavera to decorate or an ofrenda to build)!