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un secret, grimbert

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About this novel

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Resources have been written with the needs of busy teachers in mind. They are available:

  • to download (online version)
  • to receive on CD with access to the online version also
  • to receive as a VLE version (moodle, firefox etc) with access to the online version also

Not surprising that this fascinating novel contains no dialogue:  it is written from the perspective of an adult who until his late adolescence lived a lie.   The narrator who has no name, deliberately, describes what he thinks is his family story embracing the love story of his parents who when war came took refuge in the unoccupied zone before returning to Paris to continue where they left off.   Certainly there are puzzling circumstances which populate the narrator's early life like the imaginary brother who alternately protects and torments him.

Things change when the narrator comes home after an altercation at school during the showing of a film about the horror of the concentration camps.  A family friend takes it on herself to gradually reveal the real circumstances of his parents romance and what actually happened when the family took refuge away from Paris. 

Philippe Grimbert  is a psychologist and the events related in the story are partially autobiographical.  He was encouraged to write the book when he came across the tomb of a dog belonging to the daughter of the collaborationist French leader Laval;  it occurred to him that many of the Jews who had been deported had left no trace, unlike this pet.  He wanted to ensure that this didn't happen to his own family.












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  • Full page by page vocabulary list (can be used on phone, tablet)
  • Detailed summary of text with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each chapter/scene
  • PowerPoint with visuals and sentence starters (not all texts)
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives

French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech

  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay

French literature, essays, summary

Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.

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French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, summary, essays