French descriptive writing for FSL

 French descriptive writing for FSL


The goal of all FSL curricular literacy programs in Canada is to engage students with meaningful texts which are aimed at developing their abilities to listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent in French. In this post, I will discuss some resources which use descriptive writing as as tool in vocabulary acquisiton for FSL students.


Descriptive writing is a literary device in which an author uses details to paint a detailed picture with their words. The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader's mind.


Reading and writing descriptive texts is important for FSL learners as it:

-allows for more varied language acquisition

-naturally encourages to seek out new vocabulary

-allows students to clearly express their thinking


Here are some descriptive writing resources for FSL that may interest you.

L'image mystère French mystery image descriptive writing activity

This French descriptive writing resource will help your students develop their French vocabulary and expand their writing. Using a mystery image, hidden under a sticky note, your students will brainstorm descriptive words using their 5 senses and a dictionary. Using the French word list they have generated, they will write a short descriptive paragraph to give clues to what the mystery object might be. Their classmates will then read the paragraph (or they can read it aloud) to try to guess what the image is.

Included in this resource is 30 worksheets - each with a different image, and a student writing checklist. Also included is a blank template so students can add their own images or drawings.


French writing prompts with vocabulary

This resource features 11 illustrated scenes to prompt creative writing in French class. Each page contains 5 relevant French vocabulary words to include when writing and an editing checklist.

How to use: Print and copy the page that you would like to assign to your students. Instruct your students to write a paragraph about what might be happening in the photo using the 5 included vocabulary words. Instruct students to highlight each vocabulary word in their paragraph. Finally, have students self-edit their writing using the editing checklist.

Easily differentiate this task by assigning a full paragraph, a few sentences or a single sentence. You can also vary how many vocabulary words are required to include in each student’s writing.

A blank sheet for your own photos and vocabulary is also included. Challenge your students to draw a scene and add their own vocabulary words.


French sentence writing - construire une phrase descriptive BUNDLE

This French descriptive sentence writing activity BUNDLE will help your students improve the quality of their sentences by answering 5 questions about a photo and then transferring the answers into a complete sentence. This activity is a great opportunity to develop new vocabulary, practice grammar and editing skills and inference skills.

This resource contains 40 seasonal themed image pages (Fall, Winter, Summer and Spring) using real photographs and a blank page for you to add your own pages.

This activity requires NO PREP. Just print-and-GO, or use the TPT Easel digital tool to adapt for your online learners. A completed sample page is included.



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