Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

F Is for French: A Québec Alphabet

Benoit, Renné (Illustrator)
Sleeping Bear Press 2013. 40 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Discover Canada Province by Province
ISBN: 9781585364350 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 971
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Québec’s rich heritage is ingeniously conveyed in this French/English bilingual alphabet book. From Bixi to Ursulines, from Dépanneur to Nunavik, the alphabet letters feature significant aspects of this unique place. Letters are celebrated with brief rhymes; sidebars go into more detail.

Children may be surprised to learn that Québec provides about a quarter of the world’s electricity: “J is for James Bay Project/the Project of the Century/ brings my house heat and light./When it’s cold outside I’m toasty.” They’ll likely be familiar with “P comme poutine,” and “S comme sirop d’érable.” Rhymes and sidebars are presented in both languages, providing an opportunity for students to read the different ways each language expresses the same idea.

Colourful, warm paintings realistically portray the letters’ themes. Translucent drops of pine gum drip from tree-bark: “First Nations were well acquainted with all its uses and taught them to Europeans.” A goalie blocks a shot as two players battle for the puck: “H comme hockey/Il avance vers le but.” Both image and language combine to create a fine resource for learning letters, languages and social science.

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    In pairs, select a letter. Read both the English and French paragraphs. How many words are bilingual, with similar spelling in both languages (menu, animal, etc.)? Discuss the advantages of a person being bilingual. 

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    Using the information found in the book, create a poster highlighting the unique characteristics of Québec. Present it to the class. 

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    Create a new class alphabet book using other words that represent Québec (e.g. S is for Snowy owl; B is for Bilingual).

  •  Choose a letter of the alphabet. Take notes on what it stands for and present this information to the class. You can add your own interesting facts about this thing or place.
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    Find words that have similar spelling in French and English. Use resources to determine if these words are cognates (the same meaning in both languages) or false cognates (different meanings in both languages).

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    Make a class book of poems for each letter of the alphabet. Focus on different aspects of Québec culture.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship