German Level 4, Activity #10: Krimi / Crime (Online)

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Description: Students will discuss the genre of crime in movies and books and create their own crime stories.

Semantic Topics: Crime, Krimi, True Crime, Novels, Romane, Adjektiven,  Adverbien, Conjunctives, Konjunktive.

Products: Crime novels. Tatort, Krimis.

Practices: Reading and watching crime stories is popular in the United States and in German speaking countries.  Das Lesen und Anschauen von Krimis ist in den USA und im deutschsprachigen Raum beliebt.

Perspectives: People in German speaking countries enjoy some of the same reading material and shows that people in the United States enjoy.  Menschen in deutschsprachigen Ländern genießen einige der gleichen Lesematerialien und Shows, die Menschen in den Vereinigten Staaten genießen.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • 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.

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: COMM 3.1 Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target languages.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can contact emergency providers.
  • I can compare crime and mystery in German speaking countries and my own.
  • I can confidently create and present a story based on given materials.

Materials Needed:


Discuss Can-Do Statements with the Students

Discussion Statements and Questions:

  1. Say 4 cities that start with the letter A.
    Sag 4 Städte die mit A anfangen.
  2. Say 5 countries that start with the letter S.
    Sag 5 Länder die mit S anfangen.
  3. Say 5 Verbs that start with the letter V..
    Sag 5 Verben die mit V anfangen.
  4. Discussion Question:
    • What do you associate with Crime movies?
      • Was assoziiert ihr mit dem Begriff “Krimi”?
    • Do you like watching crime movies? Which ones? Why or why not?
      • Schaut ihr gerne Krimis? Welche? Warum oder warum nicht?
    • What do you like about crime movies?
      • Was gefällt euch an Krimis?
    • Do you think true crime movies or fiction crime movies are more interesting?
      • Findet ihr “wahre” Krimis oder “fiktive” Krimis interessanter?

Main Activity

  1. Look at the pictures, think about what the story could be, and come up with your own crime story!
    Schaut die Bilder an. Was könnte die Geschichte sein? Denkt euch zusammen oder selbst einen Krimi aus. 

Useful Vocabulary:

  • Murderous deed
  • to crack a case
    einen Fall lösen. 
  • Detective
  • Hijacking/Kidnapping
  • Robber
  • Burglar
  • Täter
  • Victim

2 Have the students share an overview of their crime stories.

  • Teilen Sie Ihre Kriminalgeschichte.


  1. Discussion Question:
    • Which crime novels do you know? Does a novel have the same effect as a film or a broadcasting?
      • Welche Krimis (Romane) kennt ihr? Hat ein Roman dieselbe Wirkung (effect) wie ein Film oder eine Sendung (broadcasting)?
  2. Watch the trailer for Tatort and then discuss.
    Schaut den Trailer zu Tatort an. 

    • What do you notice? Is “Tatort” different from crime movies from the US?
      • Was fällt euch auf? Ist Tatort anders als amerikanische Krimis?
  3. Share emergency numbers with students:
    110 Polizei, 112 Rettungsdienst.

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 contact emergency providers.
  • I can compare crime and mystery in German speaking countries and my own.
  • I can confidently create and present a story based on given materials.

Cultural Notes:  Here is a youtube link for a full episode of TatortDark is a very interesting, German mystery show on Netflix.

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