⚖️French Level 3, Activity 03: Devoir et Vouloir / “To Have To” and “To Want” (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will practice how to say they have to do something as well as how to say they want to do something.
Semantic Topics: superlatif, comparatif, descriptions, true or false, devoir, vouloir, vrai ou faux

Products: Superlatives

Practices: Sorting things by what’s best

Perspectives: Like in many western countries, lots of emphasis is put on being at the top, especially in sports. In France, one of the most observed sports is “football” (soccer), where many people will rank their team as the country’s best.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1: Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can share why I think something is true or false and explain why.
  • I can talk about things I have to do.
  • I can talk about things I want to do.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.


2. Students will play a game of True or False with myths (Begins on slide 5).

Pour la première activité, les élèves jouent à un jeu de vrai ou faux avec des mythes…

Main Activity

Devoir et Vouloir

1. Students will look at images (for example, the beach) and say what they have to do for the activity and what they want to do. It will be helpful to start students out with an example!

Les élèves examineront des images (par exemple, la plage) et disent ce qu’ils doivent faire pour l’activité et ce qu’ils veulent faire. Il sera utile de donner un exemple aux élèves !

For example: I have to wear sunscreen, but I want to go swimming.

Par exemple: Je dois porter de la crème solaire, mais je veux aller nager.

*Note: Images begin on slide 14.


2. Continue this until all the images have been shown.


Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Comparez deux cours que vous suivez ce semestre. (Compare 2 classes that you’re taking this semester.)
  • Comparez votre domicile présent à votre domicile d’enfance. (Compare your current home to your childhood home.)

End of Activity:

  • Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can share why I think something is true or false and explain why.
  • I can talk about things I have to do.
  • I can talk about things I want to do.

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