Lesson Plan

Bring French to Life with PowToon

French students become storytellers by creating animated videos depicting a typical medical scene
Dana O.
Instructional Technology Integrator
North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to...

  • Use their knowledge of the French language and culture to create an animated video depicting a scene or situation from the medical unit.
World Languages
Grades 11 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

Activity: Presenting

Teacher introduces the student project as follows

  • shows an example PowToon animated video
  • describes project requirements and timeline
    • 10 speaking lines (per person if done as a group)
    • 20 words or medical expressions - 10 from the doctor 's office, hospital or dentist and 10 come from the list of diseases 
    • Including at least two sentences in the subjunctive and two relative pronouns ( who, what, which , what , what , what ), in addition that the phrases are worthy of your level of language study
    • Check Ins will occur after script is written and voice over is recorded
  • supplies students with scoring rubric

*one class period


Student Instructions

Students actively participate in any teacher questioning.

2 Independent Practice

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Teacher supports students by:

  • answering questions
  • checking in with each student (or group) after
    • script is written
    • audio recording is complete

*If providing in-class time for completion of animated video, estimate  five (40 minute) periods.

Student Instructions
  1. Students create an account in PowToon by signing up via Google.  (If an educator license is being used, students would then join the Teacher's class.)
  2. Students follow PowToon tutorial when prompted.
  3. Students begin building slides in PowToon.
  4. Students type script using Google Docs and share script with teacher for revisions and approval.
  5. Students record script using Audacity and upload as a voiceover to PowToon.  They can also record each slide individually in PowToon.
  6. Students export completed PowToon and copy weblink to be shared.

3 Share and Discuss

Teacher has already set up a Discussion Board with explicit instructions on posting and commenting in the Learning Management System (in our case, Blackboard.)

*Posting and commenting can be done outside of class.  If done in class, estimate approximately one class period, depending on class size and video length.

Student Instructions
  1. Students create a new Discussion Board post in French, linking their PowToon for other students to view.
  2. Students comment on each other's posts in the Discussion board in French.