Quirky comics: French – Catastrophe! 2

This intermediate text is about a girl who encounters a sequence of bad events while trying to get to school.

The Quirky comics video texts support the teaching of 'Understanding texts' outcomes in the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. This can be done in many ways, including:

  • Students can use the provided transcripts to read the stories aloud and record themselves perform the stories as plays.
  • They can summarise, sequence, extend and change the beginning or ending of the stories.
  • They can write profiles of the characters and then put them in different situations.

The texts can also lead to communicative 'Interacting' or 'Creating texts' tasks, such as, telling a nurse why you don’t feel well or writing an invitation to a birthday party.

Watch 'Catastrophe! – Level 2' (1:54)

Catastrophe! – Level 2

(Duration: 1 minutes 54 seconds)

Frame 1-1

Girl with two hair buns: Oh, deja six heures, quelle horreur! Il faut que je sois a l'ecole de bonne heure ce matin. J' ai une interro de maths.

Frame 1-2

Girl with two hair buns: Mon sac! Ou est-ce que j' ai mis mon sac?

Girl with two hair buns: Il n'est pas la-dedans.

Girl with two hair buns: Et il n' est pas dans mon armoire non plus

Frame 2-1

Girl with two hair buns: Ca y est! Je l'ai trouve!

Frame 2-2

Girl pouring cereal: Oh! Il n'y a plus de cereales!

Frame 2-3

Girl pouring milk: Et il n'y a plus de lait non plus!

Frame 2-4

Girl with two hair buns: Berk! Il est degoutant, ce pain grille!

Frame 3-1

Girl with two hair buns and pink cat: Quelle horreur! Une mouche dans mon jus d'orange!

Frame 4-1

Girl with two hair buns walking: Bon, il est l'heure de partir. Je ne veux pas manquer l'autobus.

Frame 4-2

Girl with two hair buns steps on dog poop: Crotte! Ca c'est vraiment degoutant! Ma chaussure est toute salie!

Frame 5-1

Red bus driving off: Oh, zut! C'est degoutant! Je suis toute salie! Hep! Attendez- moi!

Frame 5-2

Girl with 2 hair buns walking: Bon, ca ne fait rien. Je pars a l' ecole a pied. J'ai encore le temps d' arriver a l'heure.

Frame 6-1

Girl with 2 hair buns: Enfin arrivée! Mais pourquoi est-ce que c'est si calme ici?

Frame 6-2

Girl with 2 hair buns: Pardon, monsieur Luron, est-ce que la cloche a deja sonne?

Painter: Mais non, il n'y a pas d' ecole aujourd' hui! C'est dimanche!

Frame 6-3

Girl with 2 hair buns: Dimanche!!! Ah, que je suis bete!

[End of transcript]


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Languages K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2019

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