Notes of Lessons: French, Class IV

Notes of Lessons: French, Class IV

[We have thought that it might be of use to our readers (in their own families) to publish from month to month during the current year, Notes of Lessons prepared by students of the House of Education for the pupils of the Practising School. We should like to say, however, that such a Lesson is never given as a tour de force, but is always an illustration or an expansion of some part of the children’s regular studies (in the Parents’ Review School), some passage in one or other of their school books.—Ed.]

Subject: French • Class IV

By C. C. Monro
The Parents’ Review, 1906, pp. 488-489

(Lesson given in French.)


I. To interest Lucy in the life and writings of Victor Hugo.

II. To help her to appreciate French literature.

III. To cultivate her power of speaking French.

IV. To increase her vocabulary by teaching her some new words, by means of those which she already knows.


Step I.—Ask Lucy the name of the greatest French poet of the 19th century, and draw from her what she knows of his life and works.

Step II.—Give a short life of Victor Hugo in French, mentioning also some of his principal works.

Step III.—Ask Lucy to read Tennyson’s sonnet to Victor Hugo.

Step IV.—Let her narrate shortly what she knows of Victor Hugo, in French.

Step V.—Ask her to read a short poem, “Elle était pale et pourtant rose,” telling her beforehand the reasons why the poem was written and something about the heroine.

Step VI.—Explain in French the words which Lucy does not know.

Step VII.—Let her narrate the substance of the poem in French.