This La Guillotine French reading comprehension activity will teach your students about the invention and use of the guillotine. It is suitable for novice-high/intermediate-low students with teacher guidance and higher-level students to work independently. If you teach AP French, this reading can be useful in giving your students practice reading nonfiction articles for the interpretive section of the test. The reading can lead to discussion or writing activities to include the other two modes of communication.
The guillotine is a scary reminder of a horrific time in history – streets running red with blood, severed heads held up before the cheering crowds. But its invention was for humane reasons, and the French weren’t the only ones to use it. Learn about the history of this machine of death in this reading for intermediate/advanced French learners.
The print version includes:
- 2-page article in French about the guillotine
- 9 short-answer comprehension questions in English
- 9 short-answer comprehension questions in French
- Answer key
- Resources page with links to videos and website
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