Crazy Stories to Tell from Recess
These are the misadventures of Petit Nicolás’ curious—and at times naughty—friends, told by our precocious protagonist, Petit Nicolás, written by Jean-Jacques Sempé and illustrated by René Goscinny. This authentic text may have originally been written for young French natives, but this is a wonderful addition to any French classroom.
- Level 3+
- Tense(s): multiple
- Unique Words: extensive
- Glossary: no
©1994. French. Level 3+. High school. 10 x 18 cm. Softcover, 125 pages.
To keep students’ attention, have students draw out storyboards of each chapter as they read the book instead of writing down notes. At the end of each chapter, have them try to retell it in French to a partner—even if they only remember certain characters, expressions, plot lines, etc. Without looking at the book and only looking at the drawings, have them try to rewrite what they can. Come together as a class and see if students remember the main details and if they are in the correct order.