Course Description

What do Germans like to do with their free time?  That's the question we wish to answer in this unit. 

In doing so, you grow your cultural understanding and appreciation of the Germans and their way of thinking. 

Competing the lessons in this unit will also help you improve your German reading, listening, writing, speaking and vocabulary skills.  

Let's get started...

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Objective = Develop German Skills in the Context of "Freizeit" (Leisure Time). Work your way from top to bottom on this page.

    • Course Description

    • CULTURE: Brief Animated History of Germany- Must Watch!

    • Your Assignment Schedule = 9 Week Work Plan

    • Quizlet = Homework Every Day (Find Assigned Chapters in Vocab Section Below)

  • 2

    CULTURE: Freizeit = Fussball

    • A Brief History of German Soccer

    • Video: What is FIFA?

    • Video: The Best and Most Fun German Soccer Game Ever (FIFA 2014 Germany v. Brazil = one hour and 45 minutes)

    • Video: Tactical analysis of Brazil - World Cup 2014 Germany

    • Video: Historical Event: June 27, 2018! Germany Loses the World Cup in the First Round of Games!

    • Germans Still Had Humor In Spite of the Disaster of FIFA 2018

    • Video: You Will Be So Surprised to See What It's Like Going to a Local Soccer Game in Germany (filmed in Stuttgart)

    • Video: Best American Soccer Player In Germany

    • Video: Bio of Next American Soccer Super Star

    • Listening Test: The World's Best Female Tennis Player in 2018 is a German!

  • 3

    CULTURE: Was ist Handball?

    • The Basics Of The Game (auf deutsch)

  • 4

    CULTURE: "Zocken"

    • Text: Was bedeutet "zocken"

    • Video: Take a Tour of the World's Largest Gaming Conference- GAMESCOM 2018 in Köln

    • Infomier Dich! VR

  • 5

    CULTURE: Germans Love Ice Cream!

    • Realia: Look At This Real Ice Cream Menu from a German Eisdiele!

    • Read This Brief Bio of the Man Who Invented Spaghettieis

    • Read This English Article to Understand the Long History of Ice Cream in Germany

    • Video: The History of How Ice Cream Came to Germany (German Listening Comprehension Activity)

    • Quiz: Listening Comprehension Test Based on the Previous Video

    • Foto: Was für ein Eis isst du am liebsten?

    • Just for Fun: Ice Cream Test

  • 6

    CULTURE: Urlaub und Ferien

    • Infoblatt- Urlaub und Ferien- Assignment = write down the translation of these facts and use some in your essay and oral activities

    • Video: Brief Report About the Importance of Vacation in Germany

    • Video: An American Living in Germany Explains Vacations and Holidays in Germany

    • Video: Comparison of Vacations in Germany and the USA

    • Video: Six Things That Germans Tend To Do Often When On Vacation

    • Video: British Commercial for Going on a Vacation in Germany

    • Articles and Statistics to Read: Wohin fahren die Deutschen am liebsten im Urlaub?

  • 7

    CULTURE: Visiting Castles in the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz

    • A Great Free Time Activity in the State of Rheinland-Palitinate is Visiting Castles

    • Article: Germany is the Second Best Travel Destination in the World - Read and list the reasons why!

  • 8

    CULTURE: der Schrebergarten

    • Video: Celebrating Schrebergardens in East Germany (auf deutsch mit englischen Untertitel)

    • Video: Woher kommt der Schrebergarten? (auf deutsch-keine Untertitel und kein Manuskript)

    • Activity: Im Schrebergarten die Seele baumeln lassen (Higher Level Only)

  • 9

    Culture Project: Written Assignment

    • Culture Summary Sheet- Print & Complete (Due at the End of Work Week 1)

  • 10

    VOCABULARY: Spell and Memorize the Assigned Words

    • Daily Flashcard Assignment (with Leitner Game Instructions)

    • Video: How to Build the Leitner Study System

    • Video: How To Run A Leitner Study Session = First 10 Minutes Of Every German Work Period

    • Instruction Sheet: How to Create and Play The Leitner Flashcard Game

    • Blank Leitner Schedule

  • 11

    TEXT-HANDLING: Develop Your Reading Strategies

    • Part 1 = Read This Project Instruction Sheet

    • Part 2 = Work With These Question Sheets First- Print A Copy, Highlight, Guess Answers

    • Part 3 = Print This German Text, Highlight, Circle, Draw Links

    • Part 4 = Correct & Score With This Markscheme (Do NOT Open Until Parts 1-3 Are Completed)

  • 12

    READING: Take this Practice Text-Handling Test (closed book, no resources)

    • Test Prompt

    • Text-Handling Test for "Freizeit" (30 minute timed test- show it to your teacher when finished)

    • Antworten (use a red pencil to correct your answers- do not erase or change your original responses)

    • Text-handling Wrap-up Project (can also be done as a warm-up activity, if new to German language studies)

  • 13

    WRITING: Part 1 = Study Your Text Type Features BEFORE the Timed Writing Day

    • Overview of the TTLG German Essay Writing Process

    • The Most Popular Exam Text Types

    • 23 Text Types: Study The Features and Put At Least 5 In Your Writing Assignment and Exam Paper

  • 14

    WRITING: Part 2 = Timed Writing (you may use a paper dictionary to help with the prompt)

    • IB Writing Prompts for "Freizeit"

    • Alternative (non-IB formatted) Writing Prompts for "die Freizeit"

  • 15

    WRITING: Part 3 = Improve your First Draft- DOUBLE SPACE IT! Using an Online Dictionary is Fine, but Do Not Use Any Translation Sites Yet.

    • How to Fix Your First Draft- Checklist

    • Add 6 Cohesive Words- Usually Need Inverted Word Order After Each

    • Add a Few Satzanfänge und Konnektoren

    • Add Some Authentic German Phrases

    • You Must Add at Least One German Idiom

    • Video: Photo Gallery Of Some of The Most Popular German Idioms

    • Handout: Use This TRACTOR to Help You Improve Your Writing

    • Move Up the Skill Ladder - Add some of these higher level structures

  • 16

    WRITING: Part 4 = Color Code and Label Each Word In Your Improved Draft. Staple New Work On Top of Old. Submit Packet to Teacher For General Feedback

    • Photo: What a Color-Coded Sentence Might Look Like

    • How to Color Code and Label the Parts of Speech

    • Color Coding Grammar Tips

  • 17

    SPEAKING: Individual Oral

    • Create Your Individual Oral Photo Prompt

    • Oral Exam Instructions and Script = Your Template For The Best Oral Exam Ever

    • Handout: Phrases of Disagreement (To Use In Your IO Script)

    • Audio: Pronunciation Help

  • 18

    WRITING: Part 5 = Using Teacher Feedback from Color-Coded Copy Write A New Improved Draft- DOUBLE-SPACED. Do Not Use an Online Translation Site Yet.

    • Checklist of Most Common Errors- Use This To Improve Your Writing

  • 19

    GRAMMAR: Compete the Assigned Grammar Textbook Exercises

    • Grammar Textbook Pacing and Topics- Go Do the Work That You Are Assigned

    • Grammar Help with Frau Doktor Bogard's Video Lessons

  • 20

    WRITING: Part 6 = 1. Do the Inventory of Errors 2. Write Your Errors Report 3. Create the Final Best Version of Your Essay (Now You Can Use an Online Translation Tool) 4. Complete a Cover Sheet. Staple Everything & Submit to Your Teacher

    • Teacher Error Coding Sheets. Shows You Every Possible Grammar Mistake That Can Be Made in German.

    • Print this Inventory of Errors Document- Add a Tally Mark for Each Teacher Error Code

    • How to Create Your Errors Report

    • Excellent Example of an Errors Report- Yours Can Even Be Better :)

    • Label Your Final Paper With Format Features & Grammar Codes Using This Grammar Structure Checklist

    • Rubric For Evaluating Your Final Essay (IB HL)

    • Print and Complete This Writing Project Cover Sheet- Staple to the Top of Your Writing Packet

  • 21

    Listening A: Develop Your Test-Taking Strategy For The Listening Exam

    • The Practice Test

    • The German Audio For The Practice Test

    • Answer Key- Do Not Open Until You Have Completed The Warm-up Activity And The Test

    • Video Version Of The Audio- Do Not Open Until You Have Completed The Practice Test

    • Audio Transcript: For Additional Practice After The Test & Video (Track The Words With Your Eyes While You Listen)

  • 22

    LISTENING B: Complete the Assigned "Schlager" Listening Project (= Separate Course on Your Dashboard)

    • List of Listening Projects- Only Do the 1 Assigned Project

  • 23

    Schedule Your 12 Minute Oral Exam With Your Teacher. Practice with a Partner Using Your Script and Question Sheets Below Until Then.

    • Learn About the IB Oral Exam Happening in March of Your Senior Year

    • Handout: PALM Weather (A Mnemonic Device For The Opening of Your IA Oral Exam)

    • Sentence Builder For The Topic Of "Ferien" Using The Future Tense

    • Conversation Questions for "Freizeit" (Leisure)

    • Conversation Questions about "Ferien und Urlaub" (Vacation)

    • Conversation Questions about "Tourismus" (Tourism)

    • Handout: Listening Words (use these instead of saying "Ja" to everything)

    • Handout: Discussion Extenders

    • Handout: Grammar Checklist -How many of these show up in your oral?

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