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Archive for March, 2012

Today in class: March 30

Today we watched a German food commercials video and made predictions on what the product was going to be based on a small blurb before each commercial.
We also took our quiz on chapter 10-1 and played a game of guess who – with our previous days homework assignment.

In class: March 28/29

On March 28 and 29 we began by learning genres of books, music and movies and expressing our opinions with finden, denken, glauben and mögen. We also were using the different degrees of gern to say how much we like or dislike something.
We completed the workbook and the entire chapter section which means on March 30 there will be a quiz. The writing project, which we will play a game of guess who to review an prepare for the quiz, students were to write a small autobiography about their favorite book, author, movie, actor/actress, song, and singer/group; as well as when they had last seen/read/heard them.

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Today in class: March 26 – Chapter 9 Test prep

Today we worked with three verbs for expressing our opinions –
1. finden
2. denken
3. glauben

along with making subordinating conjunctions with dass.

We reviewed the end of chapter 9, pages 264-267 and 270 in our German book.

Things to know for the test:
1. directions
2. buildings in a town
3. finden, denken, glauben with dass
4. how to say you know or don’t know where something is (using wissen)

Need practice before the test? Go to my website!

In class: March 20/21

These two days we will be working in our workbooks on finishing up our chapter. There will be homework both days either workbook pages or research/direction writing for you project that was described in my previous days blog post. Viel spaß!

Today in Class – March 19 – Making a map/ giving directions project

Included
Not Included
0 pts
City Build and Street Names
Included – 5 Points

The map includes a realistic German city structure and realistic German street names.
Not Included

City structure or street names are not German.
Landmarks
Included- 5 points

The map includes 5 landmarks located at various points around the city.
Not Included

The map includes fewer than 8 landmarks.
Description Included-15 Points

One paragraph for each(5 total) of the landmarks that you included that describes their history, where they are, and information about them Not Included

No description Included
Buildings Included- 5 points

The map includes German places in a town with minimal white space on the street blocks. Not Included
Few German places located on the map
Directions
Included-5 Points

Directions are given completely in German.
Not Included

Directions are given partially in English.
Verbs
Included-5 Points

Directions are given with verbs in the command form.
Not Included

Directions lack verbs or verbs are not in the command form.
Direction words
Included-5 Points

Correct directional words are used (i.e. nach rechts, nach links, geradeaus)
Not Included

Directional words are not used or are used incorrectly.
Total Points:___________________

For this project, you will create a map of a German city. The city must include 5 landmarks, and street names must be realistic German street names. (For instance, Travisstraße is okay, but Easy Street is not. Last name streets are acceptable, but limit yourself to your group or German historical figures.) Streets must be navigable by Matchbox cars. For the verbal component of this project, you will give directions around your city to a tourist. The tourist will drive a car or be walking on your city map, and following your directions. Your directions must be entirely in German and include the direction words learned in this chapter as well as verbs in the command form. For your 5 German landmarks you will need to write a paragraph for each with information about the landmark. 45 points possible for this project.

Today in class: March 14

Today in class we began by checking out a “comic” I had drawn for class – that was supposed to be like the one you had drawn the previous day – and I showed a “paragraph” I created describing in German what was going on in the comic. Students then were to brainstorm how they would describe what is going on in their comic in German – and then orally present their comics and their summary in German to the class.

Then we did a power point on giving directions in German and using a “town map” we gave directions to places. Check out the “most” important slides from the power point.

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Today in class: March 13

Today, due to the standardized testing and the majority of our classes missing, we did some fun exercises using comics, from nichtlustig that had to do with “directions” or being “lost”, and wrote in groups a summary of what we thought was happening in them, who was in them and what they were doing, what was funny or silly or ironic. Then with the remaining time we created our own comics about someone being in a place they are unfamiliar with and asking someone for directions.

Don’t forget there is lot of practice for this chapter on my website!

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