- I can match a word or character in a headline or story to a supporting visual.
- I can recognize a few individual written words in the title of a story.
- I can recognize common opening and closing words of a fairytale.
Remix by Cyndi Cook
Mountain Home High School
Students will work with a partner to review basic Fairytale characters and descriptions and reactivate familiar vocabulary. This could be used as a small part of a larger unit on Märchen.
Fairytales/Märchen, Simple Character Description, Charakterbeschreibung.
Fairytale Characters, Märchenfiguren.
Reading authentic material in the form of an Infographic to further understanding of how Germans see the Fairytales written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Fairytales have deep roots in Germany. Märchen haben in Deutschland tiefe Wurzeln. The Brothers Grimm are known world-wide. Die Brüder Grimm sind weltweit bekannt. How do German and American cultures differ in their views of Fairytales? Welche Unterschiede gibt es zwischen Deutschen und Amerikanischen Märchenkultur?
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.
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 1.2 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements
- I can recognize the names of the most common Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales.
- I can recognize and give some basic descriptions of Fairy Tales and main characters.
- I can recognize what format Fairy Tales are “consumed” in, aka print, film, audio sources.
- I can identify which Grimm Fairy Tales are most popular in German culture when compared to those in my own culture.
- Interpretive Activity:
- Sticky notes for students to write out their favorite Grimm Fairytales as a pre-activity
- Pre-Activity Slide Deck
- Copy of Infographic Pre-Test (Can be used as Post-Test if desired)
- Copy of Infographic Reading Sections
- Copy of Keyword Phrase During Activty
- Copy of Original Infographic
Märchen Umfrage by unknown author located at mytoys.com included under fair use as described in the CBPFUOR.
Ask students to jot down their top 3 favorite Grimm Brothers Fairytales on a sticky note and display it on the board. (They should have a good working list of Grimm tales or need a reminder. It is understood that students will have a working definition of what a Märchen is, and isn’t.) This will be used at the end to compare to the Infographic list of the Grimm top 10 but students don’t know that yet. I call this “blind prime” as students don’t know why I’ve asked them for the information, but we’ll get to it at the end and close the loop.)
Warm up/activate Vocabulary
For a more advanced class and with ample time, the Märchen Warm-Up Slide Deck could be worked through to activate the topic and also simple vocabulary of fairy tale characters if part of a larger unit.
How To: Students pair up and one student faces the screen and the other has their back to the screen. The student who can see the screen will describe the fairy tale character on each slide, or the phrase on a few slides, and the student who cannot see the screen will try to guess the name of the fairy tale character or the typical phrase from a fairy tale. If they are correct, they can turn around and see the slide to verify that they were right. Half way through the slides, the students switch roles.
pre-activity for authentic material
The Märchen Pre-Quiz relates directly to the upcoming Infographic Authentic Resource and helps to prime the pump for the vocabulary which will be encountered there. Note: This could also be used as a post-quiz if desired.
Main activity for authentic material
The main activity asks students to interpret an authentic material in the form of an infographic about fairy tales.
Students are asked to work through the Keyword/Phrase Interpretive Activity where they attempt to identify the listed keywords/phrases within each smaller section of the Infographic. It would be best for students to do this in pairs or small groups.
Wrap up/post activities (closing the loop)
Post Activities/Closing the Loop:
Students will retrieve their sticky note from the board and compare it to the list of the Grimm Brothers Top 10 in the last section of the Infographic. How did they compare to the German rankings?
Students will then proceed to our Märchen Padlet and answer the questions in each column. The Padlet is linked below and can serve as an example for teachers to use if they choose to create their own.
The short video below offers some additional information about the Brothers Grimm.
Interpersonal speaking activity Warm-up
- Divide the students into pairs.
Teilen Sie die Schüler in Paare auf.
- Have the Google slide with the German ~ English Fairytale words and phrases displayed.
Lassen Sie die Google Folie mit den deutsch ~ englischen Märchenwörter und Redewendungen angezeigt werden.
- Have each pair match the German word to its English counterpart. Have one student think of a sentence to describe that character or term. Then switch rolls. Do this for about 4 to 6 times.
Lassen Sie jedes Paar das deutsche Wort mit seinem englischen Gegenstück vergleichen. Lassen Sie einen Schüler sich einen Ausdruck ausdenken, um dieses Wort oder diesem Charakter zu beschreiben. Dann Rollen wechseln. Tun Sie dies etwa 4 bis 6 Mal.
Interpersonal Speaking activity – Main activity
- Have the Canva Fairytale Character Page preprinted. In this activity the students should be divided into groups of four. Give each group a copy of the Fairytale Character page. The group will then create a commercial for a new fairytale movie based on the groups of characters on the page. Give the groups about 15 minutes to create their fairytale.
Lassen Sie sich die Canva Fairytale Character Page vordrucken. Für diese Aktivität sollten die Schüler in Vierergruppen eingeteilt werden. Geben Sie jeder Gruppe eine Kopie der Märchenfigurenseite. Die Gruppe erstellt dann einen Werbespot für einen neuen Märchenfilm rund um die Figurengruppen auf der Seite. Geben Sie den Gruppen etwa 15 Minuten Zeit, um ihr Märchen zu erfinden.
- After 15 minutes bring the class back together and have each group act out their fairytale commercial .
Bringen Sie die Klasse nach 15 Minuten wieder zusammen und lassen Sie jede Gruppe ihr Märchen Werbespot aufführen.
Interpersonal speaking activity Wrap-up
Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:
- Was sind deine Lieblingsmärchen oder Märchenfiguren aus deiner Kindheit? (What are your favorite fairytales or fairytale characters from your childhood?)
- Hast du irgendwelche Lieblingsmärchenautoren? (Do you have any favorite fairytale authors?)
- Kennen Sie irgendwelche Unterschiede zwischen den Grimm-Märchen und den Disney-Geschichten? (Do you know of any differences between the Grimm Fairytales and the Disney stories?)Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:
End of Activity
- Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
- Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
- Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!
Here is a video Feli from German, “5 Disney fairytales and their CRUEL GERMAN ORIGINALS“. Feli gives some history about the Brothers Grimm and their importance to German culture. Linked is the article, “German Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Fables”. This is an interesting article chronicling German Fairytale History, Authors, and Stories.
NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: