French Level 3, Activity 07: Passé composé et l’imparfait / The Past Tense (Online)

Activity Information

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The Past Tense / Passé composé et l'imparfait


In this activity, students will practice asking and answering questions about what they have done in the past. Students will also practice discussing how they did activities in the past couple of days and the past couple of years.

Semantic Topics

Past, weekend, years, time, childhood, history, week-end, temps, enfance, histoire, passé, année, l'imparfait, le passé composé, the imperfect, the past tense


Childhood memories


Reminiscing about the past, remembering


Cartoons are very different in France! In addition to many of the big names that Americans might be familiar with from their childhoods, Francophones often have a soft spot for Astérix and Obélix, or for Tintin! As with most cultures, the French value their childhood memories.

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.
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the francophone world.

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.
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can explain what I did over the weekend.
  • I can talk about what I did when I was younger.
  • I can relate my experiences to those of other French speakers.

Materials Needed

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