Français 4: If you missed class today-- you need to do a several-page reading, with questions, and also about 30-40 minutes of online research of hotels. Here are the specifics:
For the reading, go to the new HOMEWORK folder on this Châteaux unit on the moodle. In there, find the reading for the town and fortress castle MONTRICHARD, and the document of questions to go with it. This is by a woman named Ina Caro, and it's from a book of travel essays. This chapter is about her experience visiting the town of Montrichard, with her husband, Bob. You're especially focusing on the historic information here. (Rachel, this is what I had delivered to you in Dr. D's office.) The reading and questions will probably take you at least 45 minutes, so budget your time well--- you have until Monday, remember. The reading + the online hotel surfing = about 90 minutes.
Before or during the reading, also take a QUICK look at what a motte and bailey style fortress was... this is the type of structure that they talk about Foulques Nerra III and his men building. It was always set up on a large hill of land (that they would build), to allow for a high vantage point for observing any possible approaching enemies. Here is an example of one type: click here.
Also, take a QUICK look at the images of Langeais castle's donjon, which was built by Foulques Nerra III, and is talked about quite a bit in the reading: click here.
Finally: Go to my Hébergement website here. Spend about 30 minutes (we did over 45 minutes in class) looking through the links on the left side column. You are supposed to stay on the French websites, and your goal is to really try to read the French, see what you understand, and notice and look for things to click on that are from our new vocabulary about tourism. You don't have to write anything down, but this is the preliminary activity to the two projects you'll be doing, one of which focuses on finding prices and information about several specific kinds of hotels. This is your opportunity to leisurely explore these websites before doing your projects with them. Keep in mind, also, that you will eventually be picking your favorite expensive and favorite lower-priced hotels or gites or chambre d'hôtes, so you might make note of which ones you liked the most. Keep your new handout maps available while doing this, so that you can really have an idea of where these hébergement choices are situés. Note also that there is a currency converter link at the top of the webpage, to help you understand what the EURO prices are in U.S. DOLLAR amounts.