🗞️German Level 3, Activity 10: Nachrichten / The News (Online)

Newspaper from Germany
Pixels – Markus Spiske
Description: Students will practice creating their own news stories using pictures and headlines provided.

Semantic Topics: News, Nachrichten, Stories, Geschichten, Accidents, Unfälle, Headlines, Schlagzeilen, Conjunctions,  Konjunktionen.

Products: News Photos, Nachrichten Fotos.

Practices: News in German speaking countries.  Nachrichten im deutschsprachigen Raum.

Perspectives: Value of the freedom of the press in German speaking countries.  Wert der Pressefreiheit im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1 Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can create a fictional story.
  • I can relate a story to a specific topic.
  • I can present the topic to my peers.


1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the students.

2. Discussion questions:

  • Schaust du die Nachrichten im Fernsehen? (Do you watch the news?)
  • Was für Nachrichten gibt es diese Woche? (What news stories are there this week?)

Main Activity

1. Students will pick out a news title and picture from the  News Headlines slide show.

  • Die Schüler wählen einen Nachrichtentitel und ein Bild aus der Präsentation aus.


2. They will use 5-10 minutes to come up with a quick news story to match the title and picture they picked.

  • Sie werden 5-10 Minuten entwenden, um eine kurze Nachrichtengeschichte zu erhalten, dem Titel und dem Bild entspricht, das sie ausgewählt haben.


3. They can be as creative as they’d like.

  • Sie können so kreativ sein, wie sie möchten.


Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Was ist dein Lieblingsart Nachrichten zukonsumieren? (What is your favorite way to consume news?)
  • War es schwer eine Nachricht so schnell zu machen? (Was it difficult to create a news story so quickly?)

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 create a fictional story.
  • I can relate a story to a specific topic.
  • I can present the topic to my peers.

Cultural Resources

Here is a link to Deutsche Welle, a German news organization. Students can begin to read News Stories in German.  Below is the video from Easy German How Germans Get Their News.

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