Formative assessments

     1)  In pairs or small groups, students will list four main points from the article to demonstrate that they have understood the critical points of the article.
     2)  There are four glossed vocabulary words found at the beginning of the piece.  Students will write one sentence about the environment featuring each of these words.
     3)  This article points out some of the problems that man has brought about to the environment.  Brainstorm a list of solutions to some of the environmental problems noted in this article.
 
To differentiate these activities: (these numbers correspond to the above-listed activities)
     1)  Students will create images that represent these main points.
     2)  Students will write "si" clause sentences with the vocabulary - ex. If man pollutes the earth,..... 
     3)  Students will debate which problems are the most serious or threatening after researching internet sites that deal with related environmental issues. Three useful sites:

http://www.actualites-news-environnement.com/

http://www.donnees-environnement.com/

http://www.notre-planete.info/
 
Learning Objectives that are satisfied by these activities:
     Interpretive mode - reading the article
     Presentational mode - writing responses to the various questions & speaking occurs when students report to classmates the results of their brainstorming
     Interpersonal mode - speaking (debate)
 


Formative Assessments

     1)  Students will prepare a list of natural resources that are disappearing because of the effects of man along with a reason for their disappearance.
     2)  Students will select one activity that threatens the earth and suggest solutions / alternatives.
     3)  While listening to the podcast, note words / expressions that would be associated with the environment or nature.
     4)  Students will determine what problem in this piece is one that is experienced in their own area and how lives are effected by this issue.
     5)  Students will write a letter to their senator or local representative urging action on an environmental issue.

To differentiate activities:

1)  Listen to the piece two or three times, stopping at each different environmental episode.

2)  Prepare a vocabulary list in advance that better prepares student for the listening experience.  This list could include:
decouvrir / infinie / reserves limitees / milliards / aberrante / vider / reperer / les crises

3) Watch video by Yannick Noah  "Aux Arbres Citoyens" and note the parallel issues with this article.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XrCNPei3Bg

Learning Objectives

Interpretive - listening to the piece or reading a transcript
Presentational - written work including responses and speaking, as several of the assessments can become reports to the class
Interpersonal - written letter and oral small group discussions