Course Description

This unit is focused on the role and impact of different forms of media in German culture and language. Topics include TV, advertising, cell phones, social media, the Internet, film, printed materials and radio.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Objective = Develop German Skills in the Context of "Medien" (Media/Communication). Work your way from top to bottom on this page.

    • The Entire "Medien" Topic In One Image... (das Medium, die Medien)

    • Lehrplan: Medien (for teachers)

    • Handout: Medien Poster (Welche Artikel? Was kannst du von diesen Sachen sagen?)

    • Video: Kommunikation Wortschatz (A1)

    • Quizlet = Homework Every Day (Find Assigned Chapters in Vocab Section Below- Start With "Werbung")

    • Video: Medien Umfrage (A2)

    • Video: Wie wirken sich Medien auf die Gesellschaft aus: Was sind Medien? (C1)

    • Video: Medien Thema für das Abitur (C2)

    • Infomier Dich! Videos Set 1

    • Infomier Dich! Videos Set 2

    • Infomier Dich! Videos Set 3

  • 2

    VOCABULARY: Spell and Memorize the Assigned Words

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

    • Video: How to Build the Leitner Study System

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

    • Daily Flashcard Assignment (with Leitner Game Instructions)

    • Blank Leitner Schedule

    • Video: How to Build the Leitner Study System

    • Handout: Assigned Vocabulary For This School Year

    • Quizlet Links To Media Vocabulary - Practice Every Day

  • 3


    • These Are The Media Topics You Should Learn To Write About And Discuss - Take Notes On The German Culture Videos - What Do Germans Think About Media? Do You Agree Or Disagree?

  • 4

    CULTURE: Fernsehen (TV) / der Fernseher (the television set)

    • Video: WATCHING TV: Differences in Germany & USA

    • Writing Assignment: Was sind deine Lieblingssendungen? (Arbeitsblatt)

    • Video: Mindless Media Compilation | News Anchors Reading The Same Script = Kontra

    • Video: News Anchors Across All TV News Are Told To Say Same The Same Thing ("Stick to the script: Sinclair Broadcasting") =Kontra

    • Video: Definition of "Fake News" ("Why Sinclair's 'false news' script sounds so familiar.") = Kontra

    • Video: Deutsches Fernsehen TV im Ausland schauen(B1)

    • Video: Warum noch Fernsehen schauen? (C2)

    • Video: Das Versagen der deutschen Medien (Muttersprachler)

  • 5

    CULTURE: Werbung

    • Print & Complete This Worksheet: Werbung Investigation (First find and print an online German ad- with German text- for a product you might use)

    • Video: If Cell Phone Commercials Were Honest = Kontra

    • Study Sheet: Werbeformen (Translate everything in writing.)

    • "Werbeformen" Test (Complete this paper without using any resources.)

    • Study Sheet: Die Geschichte und Gesetze von Werbung (Translate everything in writing.)

    • "Werbung History Test" (Complete this worksheet without using any resources).

    • Video: Wie Werbung uns manipuliert

    • Examples Of How Print Ads Use Visual Elements and Special Formatting

    • An Ad Must Include A CTA (Call To Action)?

    • Assignment: Create a Print Ad For Your Favorite Novel

    • Here Are Examples Of Format Features You Should Include In Your Ad (Click The Double Arrows To Rotate)

  • 6

    CULTURE: das Handy

    • Video: iPhone 7 PARODIE (A2)

    • Video: 7 Everyday Differences That SURPRISED Me in the US (= WhatsApp)

    • Video: Is Your Phone Listening To You? = Contra

    • Video: Handys und Soziale Netzwerke: Fluch oder Segen? (B2)

    • Video: Wie funktioniert WhatsApp? (B2)

    • Video: Kinder und Smartphones (B2/C1)

  • 7

    CULTURE: Social Media / soziale Netzwerke

    • Video: 25 Good Things About Social Media = Pro

    • Video: Pros and Cons of Social Media

    • Video: Gefahren sozialer Netzwerke einfach erklärt (C1)

    • Writing Assignment: Create A School Flyer About The Dangers Of Using Social Media Sites And How To Use Them Responsibly

    • Sample: 2 Page Flyer

  • 8

    CULTURE: Youtube in DE

    • Video: "YouTube ist das neue Fernsehen!" Jan 2018 (C1)

    • Video: Das Interview mit Angela Merkel (By Popular German Youtuber LeFloid)

    • Video: LeFloid: "Angela Merkel hat mich benutzt"

  • 9

    CULTURE: das Internet

    • Video: Das Netz -eine kurze Geschichte (C2)

    • Video: So geht >>Fake News<< (C1)

  • 10

    CULTURE: Film

    • Video: The 2019 "Berlinale" - One Of The World's Most Significant Film Festivals

  • 11

    CULTURE: Zeitungen, Zeitschriften, Illustrierte, Bücher, Verlage (Publishers)

    • Video: Was ist eine Zeitung?

  • 12

    CULTURE: Radio

    • Video: Nazi Germany Propaganda: The Radio (1923-45)

    • Video: Offizielle Top 100 Single Charts Deutschland 2019 - Juli

  • 13

    Kunst = Kommunikation

    • Hundertwasser. What Was He Trying To Communicate Through His Art?

  • 14

    Culture Project: Written Assignment About All The Culture Videos

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

  • 15

    German Texts To Practice Reading - What Could You Say Or Write About In German With What You See Here?

    • List and Links of German Newspapers

    • Medien Infografiken

    • Zeitungsdaten 2016

  • 16

    Simple Writing Assignment (Intermediate Level)

    • Handout: Bilingual Phrases To Use As Sentence Starters ("Holy Grail" List)

    • Essay Worksheets (Print and complete each line with only a few German words.)

    • Sample "Holy Grail" Sentences

  • 17

    TEXT-HANDLING TEST Develop Reading Strategies & Assess Your German Reading Comprehension Skill

    • NOTE: This Activity Requires You To Have Access To An Old IB Text-Handling Exam

    • Part 1 = Read This Project Instruction Sheet

  • 18

    READING TEST #1: Print & Complete this Practice Text-Handling Test (closed book, no resources)

    • Test Prompt- Original Text mit Zeilen - Do Not Open Until You Have Teacher Supervision

    • Text-Handling Test for "Medien" (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)

  • 19

    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

  • 20

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

    • IB Writing Prompts for "Medien"

    • Alternative (non-IB formatted) Writing Prompts for "das Essen und die Gesundheit"

  • 21

    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

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

  • 22

    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

  • 23

    SPEAKING: Individual Oral

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

    • Create Your Individual Oral Photo Prompt

    • Handout: Phrases of Disagreement (This Can Stimulate Conversation)

    • Audio: Pronunciation Help

  • 24

    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

  • 25

    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 :)

    • Rubric For Evaluating Your Final Essay (IB HL)

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

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

  • 26

    GRAMMAR: Compete the Assigned Grammar Textbook Exercises

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

    • Grammar Help with Frau Doktor Bogard's Grammar Videos

  • 27

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

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

  • 28

    Schedule Your 10 Minute Oral Exam With Your Teacher. Practice with a Partner Using Your Script and the Provided Question Sheets Until Then.

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

    • Medien Fragen u. Antworten (für die mündliche Prüfung)

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