German Level 4, Activity #03: Partnerschaft – Liebe – Beziehungen / Partnership – Love – Relationships (Online)

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Description: Students will discuss their understanding of the term ‘Partnership’ and how its meaning has changed over time. They will further examine a relationship and discuss their opinions on if the relationship is healthy or not.

Semantic Topics: Relationships, Beziehung, Partnerships, Partnerschaft, Conjunctions, Konjunktionen.

Products: Music video about a relationship.  Musikvideo über eine Beziehung.

Practices:  How to interact in a relationship.  Determining what is important in relationships.  Wie man in einer Beziehung interagiert. Bestimmen, was in Beziehungen wichtig ist.

Perspectives: Cultural norms in relationships both with an English speaking individual and German speaking individual.  Kulturelle Normen in Beziehungen sowohl zu einer englischsprachigen als auch zu einer deutschsprachigen Person

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 spoken and written language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1- Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMP 1.1- Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • 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 exchange opinions about relationships and love, and provide reasons for these opinions.
  • I can react to opinions of others regarding love, relationships, and the meanings of these terms.
  • I can use visual and lyrical cues to interpret and characterize a relationship.

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students

Discussion Question:

  • How do you understand the term ‘Partnership’?
  • Was versteht ihr unter dem Begriff/ Verhältnis Partnerschaft?

Main Activity

  1. Discussion Questions:
    • Do you think the meaning of the term “partnership” has changed over time?
      • Denkt ihr, dass sich die Bedeutung des Begriffs “Partnerschaft” im Laufe der Zeit geändert hat?
    • Does partnership / love only ever refer to a sexual relationship or can it also be platonic / friendly?
      • Bezieht sich Partnerschaft/ Liebe immer nur auf eine sexuelle Beziehung oder kann sie auch platonisch/ freundschaftlich sein?
    • For you, what are the biggest obstacles in a partnership?
      • Was sind für euch die größten Hindernisse in einer Partnerschaft? 
    • What do you associate with the term partnership?
      • Was assoziiert ihr mit dem Begriff Partnerschaft?

Wrap-Up

  1. Have students watch part of this music video and discuss the following questions. If time permits, have the students consider the questions before showing the video, so they know what to look for.
  2. Discussion Questions:
    • How would you describe the relationship in the video?
      • Wie würdet ihr die Beziehung in dem Video beschrieben?
    • Do you think the two people love each other? Why or why not?
      • Denkt ihr dass die zwei Leute einander lieben? Warum oder warum nicht?
    • Do you find this relationship to be healthy? Why or why not?
      • Findet ihr diese Beziehung gesund? Warum oder warum nicht?

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 exchange opinions about relationships and love, and provide reasons for these opinions.
  • I can react to opinions of others regarding love, relationships, and the meanings of these terms.
  • I can use visual and lyrical cues to interpret and characterize a relationship.

Cultural Notes:  The linked video, mostly in English with German subtitles,  is all about typical relationship characteristics in Germany, Die Deutschen und die Liebe.

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