Le chandail de hockey / The hockey sweater

It’s back! For a long disconcerting while, the French version of Le chandail, Sheldon Cohen’s brilliant animation of Roch Carrier’s Une abominable feuille d’érable sur la glace was AWOL on the NFB site. But it’s back! So as unseasonable as it might be, here it is in all it’s glory: http://www.nfb.ca/film/chandail_le/

There’s an excellent lesson plan guide by TVO ( La télévision éducative et francophone de l’Ontario) to accompany it here: Guide pédagogique

Or, you might have your students try this writing activity:

 J’écris un pastiche de l’histoire,                                                               LE CHANDAIL DU HOCKEY, à ma façon                                                (Un pastiche est une imitation du style d’un auteur.)

Réécris l’histoire, Le Chandail du hockey, en substituant un autre héros ou une autre héroïne à celui de Monsieur Carrier. Naturellement, tu peux changer de sport ou de passion aussi. Fais tout autre changement nécessaire et essaie d’imiter minutieusement le style de Roch Carrier.

1. Ton histoire doit suivre l’originale assez fidèlement.                                  2. N’oublie pas d’y introduire plein de détails originaux, d’idées créatives et d’humour.                                                                                                  3. Fais attention à ta grammaire et à ton orthographe.

One of my favourite pastiches was produced by Joseph many years ago. (Hence his references to compact disks and packaged software.) Two weeks after this assignment, our class heard Roch Carrier speak at a francophone book fair in Toronto. I’d brought along Joseph’s story because I knew, intuitively, that the authour would be generous enough to autograph it. But as busy as he was, Monsieur Carrier took the time to speed read Joseph’s story on the spot and then he asked me to forward him a copy. A well-deserved honour for our Bill Gates wannabe, in my opinion, but judge for yourself:  Le Chandail (Bill Gates)

P.S. If anyone who was in that class knows how to get in touch with Joseph, I’d love his permission to post his full name.

P.P.S. If you live outside of Canada, you may not know that the first few lines of Le chandail are printed on the Canadian $5.00 bill just below the snowflake.