Méchantes Ados : Teaching French Through Mean Girls

I have never been the biggest fan of Mean Girls.

(We’re talking the movie, as I don’t think anyone is actually a fan of mean people, regardless of gender.)

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It’s not that I disliked it, per se, but given my choices for high-school film satire, I prefer 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Easy A, or even Clueless to Mean Girls. Recently, however, I’ve been shown the (somewhat dubious) light by a fervent group of persuasive students in my French Classes. After listening to them unanimously extol the virtues of this film, I subsequently decided to integrate it into my class as a year-end part of a unit on story-telling.

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Some of you (particularly if you are a teacher) might think that this is playing with fire. . . as Mean Girls is more than a little bit inappropriate.

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So, in order to navigate this, which I decided would be okay since all of my students had already seen the film in English AND because it got them excited about French Class even in late June, I made a permission slip for all students to get signed prior to showing the film. (Download a modify-able copy of it by clicking  THIS, if you’d like!) I did this right at the beginning of my Comment Raconter Une Histoire unit, so that by the time students had an opportunity to learn/work with basic storytelling vocabulary, we could watch the film (en français, bien sur!). After showing the Canadian-French version of Mean Girls (Méchantes Ados), we rounded out the year with a final “story-telling” project; the making, and subsequent sharing of our very own “Burn Books”.

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I set it up a little differently, because I didn’t want any truly nasty things being written in my class… just juicy secrets, or as the French might say des secrets explosifs/croustillantsHERE is the link for my project prompt, if you’re interested in integrating this in your own French 2 class! With that set up, students began to engage in the process towards their final creation! As always is the case when I let my students be creative, I was ridiculously impressed with the  outcome!

Check them out:

Awesome Student Burn Book 1: Written by “Polar Bear

Awesome Student Burn Book 2: Written by “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Burn Book Gone Wild. . . & French

Check out the amazingly histerical and wonderful student work I received in class today!

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Page 1: The Zebra went to the mall to get a spray tan because she was really a horse!Oh Horsey

Page 2: The Ostriche went to the club with the giraffe because they were strippers.OH my, scandalous!

Page 3: The tiger went shopping at Whole Foods because he was a vegitarian.Tofu!

Page 4: A lady-owl went to the speach therapist because she couldn’t say “who”!Well, Owl Be!

Page 5: The fly went to the garage to buy a car because he couldn’t fly.GET IT? IT'S A FLY!!!

Page 6: The butterfly bought makeup at the mall because she was part Moth.True Colors?

Page 7: The polar bear lived in the forest because he thought he was an albino.Not your Niche, Polarbear

Page 8: The Hippo had a baby with the Muskrat because she wanted a hippopotomuskrat!New Species Alert

Things You Didn’t Know . . .in French

Student Work is one of my favorite things. Especially the following pages of an assigned French “Burn Book”… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Page 1: Your garbage man made friends out of garbage at his home because he smelled so bad that nobody loved him. The Garbage Man

Page 2: Your waiter watched you at your house last night because he thought you were pretty.Your Waiter/Stalker

Page 3: Your butcher became a vegetarian ten years ago because he loved animals. Your Butcher

Pate 4: Your gas station attendant stole 9 cars last week because he had the opportunity.Your Gas Station Attendant

Page 5: Your fireman set fire to a house in Ohio because he was a pyromaniac. Your Fireman

Page 6: Your librarian never learned to read because she went to a bad school.Your Librarian

Page 7: Your taxi-driver bought a GPS because he didn’t like maps.Your Taxi Driver

Page 8: The neighbourhood homeless man won the lottery recently, because he was lucky.

 Your Neighbourhood Bum