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Advanced Placement German is designed for college bound students to reflect a third-year college course in German. The course is considered ?upper level? and should challenge the students. An emphasis is placed on improving conversational, reading comprehension, listening, and writing skills. Students must be prepared to speak exclusively in German – as the teacher will do the same. All directions, instructions, and activities are written in German and should be completed in German. Shall a question arise, please be prepared to work around the word you do not understand using the technique of circumlocution. AP German will be organized around the following six themes: Global Challenges, Science & Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal & Public Identities, Families & Communities, and Beauty & Aesthetics. This newly renovated course will provide students with a fresh way to learn to use the German language and culture.

PREREQUISITE: German III or equivalent level.

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    Unit 1: Freizeit - Weeks 1-3

    Major Theme: Contemporary Life

    Kaleidoskop Thema 1

    Introduction

    Group brainstorming and timed writing - Was machen Sie in der Freizeit?

    Reading

    “Vergnügungen”, Bertolt Brecht; “Mittagspause”, Wolf Wondratschek

    Technology

    Poster.4teachers.org

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 1: Present tense; Imperatives; Modal auxiliaries and lassen; Future tense

    Literature*

    1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur - Kapitel 1 - Das Germanentum

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Freizeit in Germany - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each students presents on a different topic using a current new article or broadcast

     

    Unit 2: Kommunikation - Weeks 4-6

    Major Theme: Science & Technology

    Kaleidoskop Thema 2

    Introduction

    SMS activity - students use a list of common German abbreviations for text messages, and practice having a conversation using text messages (utilizing GoogleVoice)

    Reading

    „Der Mann mit dem Gedächtnis“, Peter Bichsel; „Eine Postkarte für Herrn Altenkirch“, Barbara Honigmann

    Technology

    Google Voice, school email system, iPod touches

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 2: Simple past tense; Present perfect tense; Past perfect tense; Infinitives without zu; Double infinitive constructions with modals; hören, sehen, lassen

    Literature*

    1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur - Kapitel 2 - Frühes Mittelalter; Kapitel 3 - Hohes Mittelalter oder das christliche-ritterliche Mittelalter

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Kommunikation in Germany - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast

     

    Unit 3: Deutschland im 21. Jahrhundert - Weeks 7-9

    Major Theme: Personal & Public Identities

    Kaleidoskop Thema 3

    Introduction

    Associogram Activity - students generate as a group/class a Venn diagram to compare what they know so far of a modern 21st century Germany to a modern 21st century United States

    Reading

    „Verfahren“, Helga Novak; „Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee“, Thomas Brussig; „Berliner Liedchen“, Wolf Biermann

    Technology

    Poster.4teachers.org, online classroom, GoogleVoice

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 3: Verb position in statements, questions, and clauses; Word order: time, manner, place, nicht; Independent and dependent clauses and conjunctions; Infinitives with zu

    Literature*

    1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur - Kapitel 4 - Spätes Mittelalter

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Deutschland im 21. Jahrhundert - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast

     

    Unit 4: Familie - Weeks 10-13

    Major Theme: Family & Communities

    Kaleidoskop Thema 4

    Introduction

    Students use iPod touches to create a video intro of their family (using classmates as family members) - brief introductions (i.e. Hier ist mein Vater. Er heißt Jürgen.)

    Reading

    “Dich”, Eric Fried

    Technology

    iPod touches, video and audio software (both Mac and PC)

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 4: Nominative case; Accusative case; The expression “es gibt”

    Literature*

    1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur - Kapitel 5 - Das Zeitalter der Reformation

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Familie - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast

     

    Unit 5: Musik - Weeks 14-17

    Major Theme: Beauty & Aesthetics

    Kaleidoskop Thema 5

    Introduction

    Students will listen to a variety of music, from Der Erlkönig, Shubert, to Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, to more modern music by Peter Fox,

    Reading

    „Grün ist schöner“, Gabriele Wohmann; „Das Nibelungenlied“ (Excerpts); „Der Erlkönig“, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Technology

    Presentation software/video production software, digital story telling

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 5: Dative case

    Literature*

    1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur - Kapitel 6 - Das Zeitalter des Dreißigjährigen Kriegs und das Barock; Kapitel 7 - Die Aufklärung

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Musik - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast or music video

     

    Unit 6: Die Welt der Arbeit - Weeks 18-21

    Major Theme: Contemporary Life

    Kaleidoskop Thema 6

    Introduction

    Students will research classified ads from Germany to search for a job in which they might be interested, research said job using online resources

    Reading

    „Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral“, Heinrich Böll; „Arbeits-Los“, Johann Sziklai

    Technology

    Lebenslauf and Bewerbungsbrief, Microsoft Word

    http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ and http://portal.berufe-universum.de/

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 6: Two-way prepositions; Time expressions with the dative case; Da- and wo-compounds; Genitive case

    Literature*

    Deutsche Literatur im Kontext - Kapitel 1 - Emfindsamkeit und Sturm und Drang; Kapitel 2 - Die klassisch-romantische Epoche

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Die Welt der Arbeit - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast; students must also prepare a Lebenslauf and Bewerbungsbrief and prepare for a mock-interview (utilizing exchange students and German speaking parents)

     

    Unit 7: Multikulti Gesellschaft - Weeks 22-25

    Themes: Families & Communities

    Kaleidoskop Thema 7

    Introduction

    Foreign language class switch activity - students are put in another foreign language class to get the feeling of being out of place - in collaboration with other language teachers

    Reading

    „Ich habe zwei Heimatländer“, Sabri Cakir

    Technology

    GoogleVoice, iPod touch, video production software

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 7: Preceded and unpreceded adjectives; Adjectives used as nouns; Participles as adjectives; Comparison of adjectives and adverbs

    Literature*

    Deutsche Literatur im Kontext - Kapitel 3 - Realismus als Epoche; Kapitel 4 - Jahrhundertwende 1900: Naturalismus und Symbolismus

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Multikulti Gesellschaft - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast

     

    Unit 8: Jung und Alt - Weeks 26-29

    Major Theme: Family & Communities

    Kaleidoskop Thema 8

    Introduction

    Students interview grandparents/great-grandparents (or visit the nursing home) on topics of “life back in the day” - prepare short presentation (in German) on their findings

    Reading

    „Die alte Frau“, Anne Heitmann; „Briefe aus Amerika“, Johannes Bobrowski

    Technology

    iPod touches, video production software/presentation software

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop  Kapitel 8: Subjunctive II; Würde-construction; Conditional sentences; Als ob and als wenn constructions

    Literature*

    Deutsche Literatur im Kontext - Kapitel 5 - Moderne: Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs und der Weimarer Republik; Kapitel 6 - NS-Zeit und Exil

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Jung und Alt - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast or interviews

     

    Unit 9: Stereotypen - Weeks 30-32

    Major Theme: Contemporary Life

    Kaleidoskop Thema 9

    Introduction

    Students generate a “postcard” of stereotypes of Germany (and create notes on US Stereotypes) to keep as a reminder at the end of the unit

    Reading

    „Anders II“, Rose Ausländer; „Die grüne Krawatte“, Arthur Schnitzler

    Technology

    email, online classroom, Facebook (as they create friendships with partner school)

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 9: Reflexive pronouns and verbs; Relative pronouns and clauses; Extended modifiers; Objective and subjective use of modals

    Literature*

    Deutsche Literatur im Kontext - Kapitel 7 - Nachkriegszeit, Teilung Deutschlands und Wirtschaftswunder bis 1965; Kapitel 8 - DDR

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Stereotypen - including comparisons between German and US culture.  Each student presents on a different topic using a current news article or broadcast; Stereotype exchange with one of our partner schools (Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg)

     

    Unit 10: Umwelt - Weeks 33-36

    Major Theme: Global Challenges

    Kaleidoskop Thema 10

    Introduction

    Students devise a plan (in groups) of how to turn some ordinary item of trash into something (cans into jewelry, paper into art, etc.) - students will be expected to make a plan for the project and implement the plan as an activity (actually creating their product)

    Reading

    „Ruß“, Sarah Kirsch; „Der Bergarbeiter“, Heinrich Böll

    Technology

    online classroom, web searching on iPod touches

    Grammar

    Kaleidoskop Kapitel 10: Passive voice; Alternatives to passive voice; Indirect discourse; Subjunctive I

    Literature*

    Deutsche Literatur im Kontext - Kapitel 9 - BRD, Österreich und die Schweiz bis 1989; Kapitel 10 - Jahrtausendwende

    Major Assessment

    Presentation on Umwelt - students can chose to design and implement a community service project based on cleaning our environment, recycling, or educating others on environmental issues, then present to the class, or students can present on a topic of their choice related to the environment from current news articles or broadcasts/publications

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