also known as Bastille day
is on Monday, so here are some resources and links I’ve gathered together for a last minute celebration with your class:
This French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Find out more from About.com
which explains the history in both French and English (you choose), including an examination of the Tricolore (French National Flag)
and some suggested activities
for you to download.
If you subscribe to Babelzone (LCF Clubs)
you’ll be able to access a Bastille Day movie in the Moving Pictures section. Or if not try YouTube where I found this video of the 2007 parade in Paris
, this one of the Fireworks celebrations at the Eiffel Tower
and this US clip which shows Kick TV finding out about Bastille Day
, while on Teacher Tube you might want to look at this simple introduction to La France
. Remember you can download these videos direct to your computer by using the free program Realplayer, or copy the url (next to the video in a little box) and paste it into www.zamzar.com and get them to convert it for you to download.
On the TES Resource bank, aspidistra has shared a Bastille Day worksheet
. Or perhaps a little music – find out about La Marseillaise from wikipedia
and maybe even sing along!
Feeling peckish? Well you might not want to make the cocktails suggested on the French TravelandEat
site, but check the colourful recipes instead.
has some great hands-on ideas, as always. Feeling wicked? Why not colour in their suggested Kings of France
, but you could the activity by adding a key with numbers and colours in French. or follow these instructions together to build your own fortress
though it would be a shame to storm it.