German Level 4, Activity #05: Alltag und Aberglaube / Everyday Life and Superstition (Online)

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Description: In this lab students will talk about their everyday life and discuss the differences between life in Germany and in their own culture.

Semantic Topics: Alltag, Everyday Life, Celebrity, Bervühmtheit, Conjunction,, Konjunktionsgebrauch.

Products: Personal knowledge of everyday life.  Google slide show of individuals.  Persönliches Alltagswissen. Google-Diashow von Einzelpersonen.

Practices: Everyday living for a person in the United States and a person living in a German speaking country.  Alltagsleben für eine Person in den Vereinigten Staaten und eine Person, die in einem deutschsprachigen Land lebt.

Perspectives: Value attached in the cultural differences of daily living in a German speaking land.  Wertschätzung der kulturellen Unterschiede des täglichen Lebens 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 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 ask and answer questions about my everyday life.
  • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
  • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
  • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

  1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students
  2. Discussion Questions:
    • What is “everyday” for you?
      • Was ist für euch “alltäglich”? 
    • What does everyday life look like? How do you plan your day?
      • Wie sieht Alltag aus? Wie plant ihr euren Tag? 
    • During the day, do you walk or drive more often?
      • Seid ihr während des Tages öfters zu Fuß oder mit dem Auto unterwegs?
    • Do you think Americans drive more or less than Germans?
      • Denkt ihr Amerikaner sind  mehr oder weinger mit dem Auto unterwegs, als Deutsche?

    Main Activity

  1. Have students choose a celebrity to be. The slide offers a few choices, but they are welcome to choose whoever they would like to be.
    Ihr wird eine Berühmte / Prominente wählen, um zu sein.
  2. Have students answer the next questions, as the celebrity that they are.
    Ihr wird die folgenden Fragen als diese Berühmte / Prominente beantworten.
  3. Have students give the other “celebrities” advice on where they should go/what they should do in Boise.

    Discussion Questions:

    • What does everyday life as [insert ‘celebrity’] look like? What do you do every day?
      • Wie sieht den Alltag als ‘Promi’ aus? Was macht man tagtäglich?
    • [Insert ‘celebrity’] visits Boise! What are you going to do in Boise / where you are from?
      • ‘Promi’ besucht Boise! Was werdet ihr in Boise / ihre Heimat machen?
    • Recommendations for the other celebs: what should they do in Boise?
      • Empfehlungen für die anderen Promis: Was sollten sie in Boise machen?

    Wrap-Up

    1. Discussion Question:
      • How much time do you spend on your smartphone in your everyday life?
        • Wie viel Zeit verbringt ihr in eurem Alltag am Smartphone?
      • What brings bad luck / luck in everyday life?
        • Was bringt Pech / Glück im Alltag?

    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 ask and answer questions about my everyday life.
  • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
  • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
  • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.

Cultural Notes: Here is a fun video from the Easy Germans, Weird Things Germans Do.

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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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