What is the French Connection?

French Language Learners– Inspired by Carmen Sandiego™ Episode 9, kids answer questions about France.



Learn About France!

In Episode 9, France is mentioned frequently. Kids answer the questions in French that relate to the episode.

Activity Instructions

Kids use their French skills to answer questions about France.

Estimated time: 15-20 minutes

Materials needed: Writing supplies, French dictionary if needed

  1. Organize kids in groups of four or five.
  2. Read the following questions related to this episode to the class. They should take notes as you speak, or you may write them on the board for easier comprehension:
    • La comtesse a une résidence à Poitiers. Qu’est-ce que c’est, Poitiers? (une ville en France)
    • Quelle est la nationalité de l’agent Devineaux? Comment le savez-vous? (Il est français. Son nom est français, son accent est français, il habite en France, il chante l’hymne national français.)
    • Carmen est en Polynésie française au début de l’épisode. Qu’est-ce que c’est, la Polynésie française? (C’est un groupe d’îles dans l’océan Pacifique. C’est une collectivité d’outre-mer de la République française.)
    • Où se passe l’action dans cet épisode? (à Poitiers, en France)
    • Quelle chanson Devineaux chante quand il est prisonnier? (La Marseillaise, l’hymne national français)
    • La chef (the Chief) appelle les gendarmes pour sauver Devineaux. Qu’est-ce que c’est, un gendarme? (C’est un militaire français qui assure l’ordre et la protection des personnes.)
  1. Have students work together to answer the questions. They should have access to resources such as an encyclopedia or online resources to research some of the answers, as well as a bilingual dictionary.
  2. Each group takes turns answering the questions in French.

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