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					Minnetonka Public Schools World Languages
Minnetonka Middle School East

Course Syllabus
Level 1, German Instructor: Gretchen Ortenzio Room: 110 Text: Deutsch Aktuell 1 Email: gretchen.ortenzio@minnetonka.k12.mn.us Phone: 952.401.5200 at MME

Course Description
Students in this new middle level course will study basic practical vocabulary, grammar, culture, and pronunciation. One important component in the classroom is the teacher’s use of the second language in order to enhance the development of good listening skills. Students will learn to express themselves and communicate with others on topics closely related to their own experiences and daily life. Students will do some reading and writing related to the units that are being studied. Students will explore culture through songs, current events, useful phrases and movies. Skits, dialogues, games, partner/group activities, videos, and technology supplement the student textbook and foster increased language use. Upon successful completion of this course, students have the following options for grade 9 at Minnetonka High School (MHS): *B- or above—students should go to 2X *C+ or less—students should go to 2G *F—students should repeat level 1 at MHS or choose a new language

Materials Required Daily in Class
Three-ring binder for German materials only, tabbed dividers for the binder, paper in the binder, writing utensils, dictionary (optional for home use), and Deutsch Aktuell 1 Textbook, Workbook, and Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises. Students will be issued an Interactive Textbook on CD-ROM for home use, which will be returned to the teacher at the end of the year.

Course Content
Quarter 1 A. Culture a. (Chapter 1) Greetings, farewells, introductions and regional variations; familiar and formal forms of address b. (Chapter 2) German families; using the telephone and telephone etiquette; cultural use of 12hour and 24-hour systems of telling time

B. Grammar a. (Chapter 1) sein=to be; ich, du, er, sie, es forms of sein; familiar and formal forms of you=du, ihr, Sie; personal pronouns; present tense verb forms (regular verbs); questions; numbers; addition/subtraction; sentence formation b. (Chapter 2) formation of questions; definite articles in the nominative case; sein; numbers; days of the week; time of day; sentence completion C. Speaking a. (Chapter 1) greet and say farewell to someone; ask to tell someone’s name; introduce someone else; give telephone numbers; ask and tell how things are going; inquire where someone is from b. (Chapter 2) talk about and point out family members; answer a telephone call; talk about time and days of the week; ask for and give information; say what you’re doing D. Thematic Vocabulary a. (Chapter 1) greetings; identifying people; names; numbers 0-20; addition/subtraction; introductions; where a person lives; du and Sie; alphabet b. (Chapter 2) family relations; telephone; age; numbers 10-1000; days of the week E. Writing (Chapter 1) paragraph or dialogue related to key learning concepts/content and skills/processes (Chapter 2) develop a personal family tree Quarter 2 A. Culture a. (Chapter 3) Günther Grass—Nobel Prize winner, 1979—Youth Activities: local sports clubs; favorite pastimes like computer games, listening to music, going to movies, dancing, bike-riding; youth organizations for various interests, hobbies, traveling—German television (Chapter 4) German school system; close look at a specific Gymnasium, a type of school that prepares students for study at a university, the Hohenzollern-Gymnasium in Sigmaringen; grading system in German schools; political geography of Germany B. Grammar a. (Chapter 3) haben, word order, zu Hause/nach Hause, verb forms (present tense), sentence completion, family relations, time of day, reading a letter b. (Chapter 4) definite article in the accusative case; Wer?, Wen?, Was?; sein—present tense, all forms; dialog completion; time of day; school subjects; missing words C. Speaking a. (Chapter 3) ask and tell what someone is doing, talk about what interests you, express likes and dislikes, inquire about times of specific events, report information b. (Chapter 4) talk about school; inquire about details; identify objects; sequence events; agree and disagree D. Thematic Vocabulary a. (Chapter 3) variety of free-time activities and interests to include sports, social activities, individual free-time activities; time of day b. (Chapter 4) classroom objects; Gymnasium; school subjects; grades; class schedule; school day E. Writing a. (Chapter 3) Create a weekly calendar listing day and times of planned activities b. (Chapter 4) Make a weekly class schedule including days, subjects and class periods. Compare a German class schedule with student’s own schedule by making a list—of complete sentences— with the headings “Similarities” and “Differences”

Quarter 3 A. Culture a. (Chapter 5) Berlin, die Hauptstadt; countries and languages; shopping in Germany; Celsius conversion; European weather map; weather in German regions; German school sessions and vacations; German calendar; euros b. (Chapter 6) Eating at a German Restaurant, Imbissstube, Konditorei, and Eiscafe; typical German meals and mealtimes; German foods and beverages, German ice cream flavors and stands, German eating customs B. Grammar a. (Chapter 5) Indefinite article, (nominative and accusative), plural nouns, questions using Wie viel and Wie viele, categorizing words, compound nouns, dialog completion b. (Chapter 6) Modal auxiliaries: mögen (möchten), müssen, wollen, dürfen, können, sollen. Future tense (werden), negation, missing words, dialog completion, question words, verb forms, plural nouns C. Speaking a. (Chapter 5) Talk about the weather, discuss a purchase, identify countries and languages spoken there, ask where someone is from, give information b. (Chapter 6) Choose from a menu and order at a café, offer something to eat and drink, express likes and dislikes, make requests, give advice, talk about what to do today D. Thematic Vocabulary a. (Chapter 5) Months, weather, Berlin, countries and their languages, store b. (Chapter 6) Foods, eating establishments, beverages, ice cream flavors, cafe E. Writing a. (Chapter 5) Paragraph or dialog related to key learning concepts and content, dialog/paragraph about buying a bicycle, short letter to relative asking them to visit another time and explain why b. (Chapter 6) Make a daily menu for an Imbiss. Quarter 4 A. Culture a. (Chapter 7) Das Kaufhaus, metric weight measurement for foods, der Euro, store hours in Germany, clothing sizes in Germany, shopping at a clothing store, typical sales in Germany b. (Chapter 8) Special occasions in Germany, German houses, customs of visiting German homes, Österreich (Austria) B. Grammar a. (Chapter 7) Verbs with stem vowel change, wissen words used for emphasis, dialog completion, missing words, reading a letter, developing dialog b. (Chapter 8) Possessive adjectives, personal pronouns, accusative prepositions, dialog completion, missing words, categorizing words, developing dialog, location of furniture in house C. Speaking a. (Chapter 7) Make suggestions, ask about prices, describe and choose clothing items, talk about a department store b. (Chapter 8) Talk about birthday presents, congratulate someone, identify rooms and furniture, describe daily activities D. Thematic Vocabulary a. (Chapter 7) Clothing items, department store, colors, clothing store b. (Chapter 8) Gift ideas, special occasions, rooms of the house, birthday E. Writing a. (Chapter 7) Paragraph or dialog related to key learning concepts and content, short narrative of what you should take along when visiting a friend or relative during the summer.

b. (Chapter 8) Paragraph or dialog related to key learning concepts and content, description of your apartment or house

Grading Policies
COMPONENTS OF MARKING PERIOD GRADES 1) Assessments 75% 2) Daily Work/Homework 15% 3) Oral assessments 10% Component 1—Assessments 75% In order to show mastery of content in the 8th grade Minnetonka World Languages courses, students will—  complete written exams over specific topics;  write in German in a variety of formats;  complete oral exams in a variety of formats;  complete listening activities;  give oral presentations in a variety of formats. Students should expect at least one form of an assessment per week. Component 2—Daily Work/Homework 15% In order to continue the development of language skills on a daily basis, students are assigned homework on a regular basis—2-5 times a week. The purpose of homework is—  to reinforce concepts presented in class;  to increase the retention of concepts presented in class;  to develop study skills for further language study. Homework may include, but is not limited to, practice sheets, exercises in the Deutsch Aktuell Workbook and Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook, interactive CD-ROM activities and memorizing information. Homework must be totally completed in order to receive credit for completion of the assignment. No partial credit will be given. Late work is not accepted. However, students will have opportunities to make up points for a maximum of one missed assignment every four and a half weeks. These opportunities will be presented at mid-term and at the end of the marking period and will apply only to the preceding four and a half weeks. Component 3—Oral Assessments 10% The purpose of an oral assessment grade is to encourage students to use their language skills and improve those skills by conversing with the teacher and peers in the target language. This may include volunteering to answer questions, leading and/or participating in discussions in small and large groups, and using the target language with their peers and teacher. COMPONENTS OF FINAL GRADE AT END OF YEAR The student’s final grade for German Level 1 will be determined by the average of the grades at the end of each of the four marking periods.

General Expectations
Students are expected to:  report to class each day with all required materials  follow directions the first time they are given  be on task as directed by the teacher  work hard and have fun learning German!


				
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