German Level 2, Activity #10: Eigenschaften und Werte /Characteristics and Values (Online)

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Sontung
Description: In this activity, students learn and practice characteristics and play their roles by using related vocabulary.
Semantic Topic: Characteristics, Eigenschaften, Roll, Rolle, Values, Werte, Comparisons, Vergleiche.

Products: German  culture video.  Deutsches Kulturvideo.

Practices: Students discuss the cultural similarities and differences between German and American cultures.  Die Studierenden diskutieren die kulturellen Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen deutscher und amerikanischer Kultur.

Perspectives:  Appreciation of the unique cultural and social characteristics of the German-speaking countries.  Wertschätzung der einzigartigen kulturellen und sozialen Besonderheiten der deutschsprachigen Länder.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standards: 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standards: 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics.
  • Standards: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.

Idaho Standards for World Languages:

  • Objectives: COMM 1.1 Interact and negotiate to mean (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objectives: COMM. 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objectives: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare objects, animals, or people.
  • I can discuss similarities and differences between my own culture and German culture.
  • I can discuss my own culture’s characteristics and values.
  • I can discuss another culture’s characteristics and values.

Warm-Up

Compare Repetition

Vergleichen Wiederholung

Who am I game

Wer bin ich Spiel:

Students will be given clues using comparisons to help reinforce comparison vocabulary.

Die Schüler erhalten Hinweise anhand von Vergleichen, um das Vergleichsvokabular zu stärken.

  • I’m browner than any other animal. I’m the biggest. I am the giraffe!
    • Ich bin brauner als ein anderes Tier. Ich bin am größten. Ich bin die Giraffe!
  • My fur is more golden than the other animals. I am the fluffiest. I am the lion.
    • Mein Fell ist goldener als die andere Tiere. Ich bin am flauschigsten. Ich bin der Löwe.
  • My ears are sharper than any other animal. My fur is the reddest. I am the fox.
    • Meine Ohren sind spitziger als ein anderes Tier. Mein Fell ist am rotesten. Ich bin der Fuchs.
  • My tail is fluffier than any other animal. My ears are the longest. I’m the rabbit.
    • Mein Schwanz ist flauschiger als ein anderes Tier. Meine Ohren sind am längsten. Ich bin das Kaninchen.

Main Activity

What is American/German?

Was ist Deutsch/Amerikanisch?

1. First, the class will watch a short video about German Culture.

Zunächst wird sich die Klasse ein kurzes Video über die deutsche Kultur ansehen.

2. Then students will go into breakout rooms.

Dann gehen die Schüler in Breakout-Räume.

3. Next they will discuss characteristics of American culture and how they would describe it.

Als nächstes werden sie Merkmale der amerikanischen Kultur diskutieren und wie sie sie beschreiben würden.

  • How would you describe American culture?
    • Wie würdet ihr die amerikanische Kultur beschreiben?
  • How would you describe American life?
    • Wie würdet ihr das amerikanische Leben beschreiben?

4. Students will go back to the main room once they are finished and discussed what ideas they came up with.

Die Schüler werden in den Hauptraum zurückkehren, sobald sie fertig sind und diskutieren, welche Ideen sie entwickelt haben.

5. They will be sent back to their breakout rooms to discuss characteristics of the German culture and how they would describe it.

Sie werden in ihre Breakout-Räume zurückgeschickt, um über die Merkmale der deutschen Kultur zu diskutieren und wie sie sie beschreiben würden.

  • How would you describe German culture?
    • Wie würdet ihr die deutsche Kultur beschreiben?
  • How would you describe German life?
    • Wie würden Sie das deutsche Leben beschreiben?

6. Students will return to the main room and discuss the ideas they came up with.

Die Schüler kehren in den Hauptraum zurück und diskutieren die Ideen, die sie sich ausgedacht haben.

7. Together the group will watch a video on how Germans describe their favorite and least favorite things about Germany.

Gemeinsam wird sich die Gruppe ein Video ansehen, wie Deutsche ihre Lieblings- und am wenigsten Lieblingsdinge an Deutschland beschreiben.

Wrap-Up

What characteristics and values were mentioned in the video?

Welche Eigenschaften und Werte wurden in dem Video erwähnt?

How would you compare these characteristics and values to those of Americans?

Wie würdet ihr die Eigenschaften und Werte zwischen Amerikanern und Deutschen vergleichen?

End of Activity

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare objects, animals, or people.
  • I can discuss similarities and differences between my own culture and German culture.
  • I can discuss my own culture’s characteristics and values.
  • I can discuss another culture’s characteristics and values.

Culture Notes:  Here is a great video about the Beauty of the German Language.

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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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