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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Erlkönig Unit

With all of the absences and fieldtrips that have been happening since the start of this unit I am putting all of the information of what you may have missed up on my blog. You are responsible for turning in what is assigned – even if you are not present on a school day.

  1. Students were presented with a short biography of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – what the literary movement of Sturm und Drang was about, a short discussion about Faust, his relationship with Friedrich Schiller, his time in Jena and Weimar (and why this is of particular interest to me – having studied in Jena at the Freidrich Schiller Universität.)
  2. Next working in pairs we figured out who the four “speakers” of the poem were and lightly colored in the lines they spoke to make a graphic organizer of who was speaking when in the poem.
  3. We watched some videos depicting the poem and compared them to our pictures in our head of what we thought was going on
    1. Here is the first video – a cartoon: http://youtu.be/wusVHokSa98
    2. Here is the second video – Schuberts composition with an opera singer: http://youtu.be/5XP5RP6OEJI
    3. Here is the third video – live action with Schuberts compostition: http://youtu.be/oV_-cJcaNv0
    4. Here is the fourth video – a comic interpretation – http://youtu.be/gXWHTYZL180
    5. Here is the fifth video – a Brazilian silent film inspired by the poem – http://vimeo.com/778215
    6. Students made single stick figure depictions of what was happening in each quatrain on the Erlkönig poem.
    7. We watched/listened to a modern interpretation of the poem by the heavy metal group, Rammstein called Dalai Llama. We completed a Venn diagram of the Rammstein song, the Goethe Poem and the Schubert composition
      1. Read the text and listen to the song “Dalai Lama” by Rammstein and compare/contrast the song, the poem by Goethe, and the composition by Schubert in the Venn diagram in your packet.
  1. Students created a poem of their own, on any topic of their choosing in German. There were four types – descriptions are outlined in your packet on how to complete them – cinquain, word picture, and haiku, acrostic. This was completed in class and decorated on “fancy” paper.
  2. The final unit assignment/project was to choose one of the following interpretative assignment options
    1. Perform a reading of the poem, auf Deutsch, set to music of your choice that is appropriate to the mood and theme of the poem.
    2. Create a collage or other piece of visual art (must be at least 11” x 14” in size) including the text of the poem and images/decorations that interpret the poem.
    3. Create a Powerpoint or video, animated or live action, in which you include the words of the poem and images to accompany it. If you want to have music accompaniment you may.
    4. Rewrite the poem (auf denglisch – that is using what you CAN say in German and what you can’t in English! There needs to be a good mix!) telling the same story but in a different means. See the example

Conjunctions in German – Konjunktionen auf Deutsch! – coordinating and subordinating

Conjunctions - Konjunktionen - Bindewörter - "binding" words

This topic deals with conjunctions, words that combine two words, phrases, clauses and sentences. There are two types coordinating – or ones that can stand alone and subordinating – a phrase using one of these needs the first clause for it to make sense.

Coordinating Conjunctions

I am only going to give the basic four conjunctions that are most often used by beginning German speakers. When you combine two sentences or clauses using them there is no change in word order once you have combined the two.

They are:

und – and

oder – or

aber – but

denn – because

Here is a little rhyme for you: Und, oder, aber, denn – verb does not come at the end!

Here are some examples:

Ich spiele Basketball und ich bin ein guter Basketballspieler!

Ich kann heute segeln oder Schach spielen.

Ich gehe nicht ins Kino denn ich habe Hausaufgaben.

Try seeing if you can find which coordinating conjunction goes in the blank!

Usage of "aber": "Today we have Mr. Mertens as our guest, who for the past 17 years has had to sneeze, but cannot. Mr. Mertens when did this all start? Mr. Mertens? Mr. Mertens?

Here is a video to explain both:

Subordinating Conjunctions

Here is a “rap” video on how they work in English!

Subordinating conjunctions rely on the first clause for the second clause to make any sense! In German the word order CHANGES! The verb in the second clause will now come at the end! Four of the most popular subordinating conjunctions for beginning German learners are:

dass – that/so that

weil – because

ob – if

wenn – if/when

Here is a rhyme for these four: Dass, weil, ob, wenn – verb is at the end!

Example sentences:

Ich weiss dass, ich braune Haare habe!

Ich komme nicht ins Kino weil ich Hausaufgaben machen muss!

Online Practice:

Word order with WEIL: #1
Word order with WEIL: #2
Word order with WEIL: #3
Fill in the correct verb weil practice

Several practice exercises where you have to put the Sentence in the correct order

Weil/denn: Easy pop up practice

Example comics:

Usage of wenn: "I don't like it when you bring your work home"

Usage of dass: "Of course I know that this isn't a costume party" "But, not I know what I wanted to explain: On my way here I was attacked by a snake"

Here is a video about subordinating conjunctions!

Usage of "wenn" and "und": "If you need to sneeze and cannot, look directly into the light at the end of the tunnel"

Usage of weil: "Did you call the lock smith because your door wasn't closing right?" "No?"

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