Creative writing and sharing: Ein Vergleich (a comparison)
Write a paragraph comparing yourself to
someone or something else: a friend, a
famous person, an animal, even an
inanimate object. Describe specific
ways in which you and this person/thing are
similar and ways in which you are different.
Ich bin einem Stinktier nicht sehr ähnlich.
Es ist kleiner als ich und riecht schlechter.
On the day you turn in this paragraph, be ready to share 3 of the main or most interesting
points of your comparison out loud with the class. Use note cards and, if possible, a visual aid.
anders (als) different (than)
ähnlich (wie) similar (to)
In Vergleich zu/mit.... (+dative) In comparison to....
Das ist so ______ wie ich. That is as ___ as I am. (The Germans don’t say “me” here.)
Das ist ____er als ich. That is ___er than I am.
CATEGORY Gut / Sehr gut (8 pts) Ausreichend (7 pts) Mangelhaft (6 pts)
Completion / length 14-20 sentences long. 10-13 sentences long. Less than 10 sentences
Includes at least: Includes at least:
Includes 2 or fewer
4 + comparisons with als. 3 + comparisons with als comparisons using als or
2 + comparisons with so/wie. 1 + comparisons with so/wie so/wie
Comparison of adjectives ALS and SO…WIE always 1-3 mistakes in 4 or more mistakes in
used correctly. Adjectives and adjective/adverb adjective/adverb
adverbs compared and spelled comparisons. comparisons.
Overall writing quality Few or no careless grammar and Some careless grammar and Many careless errors in
spelling errors. spelling errors, but not grammar and spelling
enough to disrupt a reader make the piece laborious to
A variety of word orders and especially. read.
Little variety in word order Little variety in word order
Coherent (ideas flow smoothly). and sentence length. and sentence length.
Interesting, creative and/or Coherent, but may not Not coherent (ideas don’t
funny to read. especially creative or flow smoothly) or not
Sharing with class You speak freely without You refer to note cards, but You are glued to note
referring to notes. maintain eye contact with the cards or your paragraph
class at most times. and don’t make eye
Your presentation includes a contact.
visual of the person/thing you Your presentation may or
are comparing yourself to. may not include a visual aid. No visual aids.