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Oscar et la dame rose

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Although ostensibly about the nature of faith and how to approach death, this very short book is also strangely life-affirming. Eric Emmanuel-Schmitt's 10 year old protagonist, Oscar, realizes that he is going to succumb to his leucaemia as he undergoes treatment in a children's hospital. However, the fantastic imaginative support he receives from his "dame rose" hospital visitor Mamie-Rose enables him to climb onto a spiritual plain from which he is able to make the transition from terrified child to mentally prepared adult. The text is essentially composed of fourteen letters written by Oscar, initially a non-believer, to God and analysing his last days. The letters, at once, dramatic, amusing and heart-wrenching are utterly engaging. Study of this book would be an excellent individual activity for gifted and talented children at GCSE, a suitable "transition" text or piece of individual study to be presented in the oral examination

French literature, essays, summary

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French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • 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.

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary