Building the Eiffel Tower: A Picture Poem
The Eiffel Tower is truly an icon. When people see it, they
instantly think of Paris, of France, of fine wines, fine dining and romance.
What do you think of when you see the Eiffel Tower?
Today you are going to explore France--its people, places, history
and culture. You'll visit Paris, learn about French cuisine, see famous
paintings. Then you'll put all your ideas together into one image that
represents France best--the Eiffel Tower!
Visit as many of the websites below as you can. Jot down names,
words or phrases (in French, not English!) that describe France. How
many words words or phrases do you need? That depends. Read the
Evaluation section below.
daily life: www.info-fran-usa.org/kids/
everything and anything French:
When you've finished exploring, take an 11x14 sheet of paper and draw
the Eiffel Tower. For the outline of your tower, don't use lines, use
words (the names, words and phrases you gathered from your web searches),
thus creating a picture poem.
Need help with your drawing?
Your picture poem will be graded as follows:
Artistic effort - 5 points
(Did you put time into it, or just draw it during
your lunch hour?!)
Evidence of research - 5 points
(Does your poem include a variety of names of people,
places, and culture-related items,
or did you just copy a bunch of French words from the book?!)
25+ words or phrases - 20 points
20-24 words or phrases - 15 points
15-19 words or phrases - 12 points
TOTAL (30 points possible)
Divided by 3 so a total of 10 extra credit points
As you can see, there is so much to discover when you begin to study
France, its people, its history, and its culture. Think of it as the
thousands of parts (18,038 to be exact) that went into the building of the
Your journey of discovery has just begun!