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What’s the story about?
One stormy night in a dark old house, the ghost begins to whine. Gradually all the furniture and parts of the house start making noises – even in French these are lovely words for stamping/creaking/groaning/banging. The story builds as each piece of furniture/part of the house asks the previous one why it is creaking/banging etc. Each replies that because all the others are making sounds, it too is going to join in. The story ends with the wind blowing so strongly that the house and everything inside is blown away until the next stormy night.
Here is a guide for preparing a class of KS3/4 students to read the text:
Preparation for KS3 Sombre Nuit de Tempete.doc
or here is my suggested reading/teaching sequence:
Suggested teaching sequence for KS2 sombre nuit de tempete.doc
I've done a sheet of targets/objectives linked to both the KS2 Framework and National Curriculum levels that you can pick and choose from (they range from beginners through to yr 5/6)
Targetstickers Sombre Nuit de Tempete.pdf
I've made some snap cards for the vocabulary which is worth teaching to the children before you start reading:
snap cards sombre nuit de tempete.pdf
and here is a paper version of the online wordsearch above:
Most classes should be able to recreate the key repeated phrase as a 'human sentence':
Human sentence sombre nuit de tempete.pdf
But as this book keeps repeating the simple future tense 'je vais + infinitive' it might be an opportunity for more able children to have a go at creating some simple future sentences using these prompts:
making sentences sombre nuit de tempete.pdf
And finally to really push understanding / reading skills I made a gap fill worksheet for the most able:
Complete the gaps sombre nuit de tempete.pdf
Hope you like them and do please share anything you find / do with this book too!
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