Marie-Antoinette et le collier de la mort

Marie-Antoinette et le collier de la mort
Comprehension-Based Reader™
This tale of greed, deception, and fraud is based on the true story of Marie-Antoinette and the famous necklace scandal.

Level 2 and up / Novice Mid — Novice High

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In 1772, France’s King Louis XV commissions Parisian jewelers, Messieurs Bassange and Boehmer, to create a diamond necklace. The king dies before he pays for the elaborate multi-million-dollar piece, leaving the jewelers strapped for cash and struggling to find a buyer. Convinced by a friend to win back the favor of the queen, Marie Antoinette, Cardinal de Rohan steps up to buy it on her behalf. After a 13-year search, the desperate jewelers think their problem is finally solved… until they find themselves at the center of a scandal that will change the course of history. This tale of greed, deception, and fraud is based on the true story of Marie-Antoinette and the famous necklace scandal.

This story strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and our advanced beginner readers maintain a high-frequency factor of core language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Level 2 and up
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 225
  • Total word count: 5475
  • Page count: 64
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Editions
  • A 270-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Marie-Antoinette et le collier de la mort Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 270 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, blooming comprehension, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Palais de Versailles, La mode féminine du 18ème siècle, La Bastille

    Infographics: "Trastornos del espectro autista", "El acuerdo de París", "La clonación Reading: Charles Darwin"

    Readings: "Louis XVI”, “Marie-Antoinette”, “La Hiérarchie Sociale en France”, “La prison de la Bastille”, “Le collier de la reine"

    Features and Highlights:

    Reader’s Theater Scripts, 6 of One, Half Dozen of Another, Discussion Thursday, Doodle Noodle, Emoji Theater, Eventful, Magic 8 Ball Prediction Activity, Map Talk, Marker Partner Game, Musical Chairs Retell, Numbered Heads Together, Order Up, Quip-Lash, Scene Machine, Story Chunks, Take One, Please, Text Scavenger Hunt, Text-Pert, The Copier Game , The Splits, Two Truths and a Lie, Yellow Brick Road Retell


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