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German IV

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The prerequisites for this class are German III or equivalent proficiency. 

German IV students will use the skills they acquired in German I, II and III to work with a variety of authentic German texts: a novel, songs, skits, newspaper articles, short stories and a radio play. By the end of this course, you will be able to discuss complex dynamics in German society, understand a variety of authentic German texts, and accurately utilize elements of German grammar.
Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, the objectives for our German IV course are:
  • Communication: Students engage in conversations about topics such as stereotypes. They present and exchange information about school; express their feelings and reactions to themes expressed in some of the texts and exchange opinions about prejudices. Students study global reading skills in order to understand a variety of authentic texts. They work with spoken language by listening to the episodes of a radio play. Students present information after researching selected websites, texts and other sources of information.
  • Cultures: Students gain an understanding of different German cultural practices, products and perspectives by studying German fairy tales and German humor.
  • Connections: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines by practicing map reading skills and by exploring logical connections and conclusions.
  • Comparisons: Students learn about language in general and about the concept of culture by studying examples of German humor, contextual clues, grammatical concepts, and problems of communication.
  • Communities: Students use German both within and beyond the school setting by exploring selected German websites. Students use German for personal enrichment and enjoyment by writing their own fairy tale, learning how to read German novels and studying examples of German humor.




Unit 1 - Stereotypen: Students will study a German pop song and will discuss the concepts presented in this song. They will explore and discuss the concept of stereotypes. 

Unit 2 - Der Fall Schlachter: Students will use global reading strategies to read a mystery novel in Geman. Students will also keep a diary in German. 

Unit 3 - German Fairy Tales: This is a unit on stereotypes and different elements of fairy tales. Students will read samples of German fairy tales and will write their own fairy tale in German. 

Unit 4 - Identity: Students will study authentic German texts as they examine the concept of identity as it relates to language, history, folk songs and immigration. 

Unit 5 - Romea & Julian: Students practice their listening skills with 10 short episodes of a radio play about two German teenagers. 

Unit 6 - German Humor: Students will study different examples of German humor - poems, a short story, a video clip, jokes and cartoons. 

Unit 7 - Die Schweiz: Students will read a comic strip about Switzerland.  They will use visual clues to understand fairly advanced text.  They will do some research on different topics connected with Switzerland.

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