Maria-Camila Riano, Class of 2018
For this project, we created front pages of our own
newspapers using a collection of articles about the
environment. Each group had at least one member
of each grade. As the only high schooler in my
group, I was astonished by how capable and independent the younger students were. We created
several drawings and synopses of articles concerning our changing climate and world, from the
Zika virus to seagulls that have become addicted
to junk food. I was pleased with how willing the
younger students were to create illustrations and
write articles. It was also interesting to observe the
evolution of the French we have learned to speak
at school. Overall, the experience was fun and a
refreshing change from our everyday classes.
Mael Delieuvin, Class of 2022
I think that semaine de la presse is an experience
that everyone should participate in. It provides
insight into world problems and allows students
to be involved and engaged in what’s happening.
The experience also provides insight into what is
happening in younger grades and older grades,
allowing for conversations with younger and older
students of French American International School.
Overall, it’s a fun project and should be continued
throughout the years.
Vertical Writing Project
The French Ministry of Education's new vision of Le Nouveau Collège promotes creativity through project- based learning and encourages in- novation through the use of cutting- edge technologies. As we move forward with implementation of the new middle school curricula this fall, incorporating this vision, we continue to build upon and enrich
our school's fundamental principles: learning from our
community, thinking critically, and working collaboratively to challenge our perspectives. One of the ways
we do this is through the cross-grades, cross-curricular
Vertical Writing Project.
In the spring of 2016, students in grades 5, 6 and 10
worked together to design the front page of a French
newspaper, as part of our third annual Vertical Writing
Project. As in years past, students had been discussing media and free press in their classes and used that
knowledge to create front pages on a global and relevant theme—sustainability (développement durable).
“We chose to focus on global and environmental awareness for last year’s vertical writing project
because we were inspired by the 21st United Nations
Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in the fall
of 2015, and the resulting Sustainable Development
Goals from the UN," shared Sébastien Dufresnes,
Head of French at French American International
School. "Global citizenship and awareness are at the
heart of our mission, so thinking about and reflecting
on global issues related to sustainability seemed significant and also timely as we held our first schoolwide
celebration of Earth Day in April."
The project not only allowed students to share their
knowledge, opinions, and unique skills, but also encouraged them to listen to and learn from their peers
across the different sections of the school. The library
was buzzing with innovative ideas and creativity,
and the event was a true testament to the power and
importance of collaborative learning.
Learning Through Collaboration