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Pompton Lakes School District



German III

June 2012


Pompton Lakes High School
Submitted by Ruth Megnin

Dr. Paul Amoroso, Superintendent

Vincent Przybylinski, Principal

Anthony Mattera, Vice-Principal

Mr. Garry Luciani, Board of Ed President

Mr. Jose Arroyo, Board of Ed Vice-President


Board Members

Mrs. Catherine Brolsma, Mr. Shawn Dougherty, Mr. Raymond Keating III,

Mrs. Nancy Lohse-Schwartz, Mr. Carl Paduala, Mr. Thomas Salus,

Mrs. Stephanie Shaw, Mr. Timothy Troast



Unit 1

Content Area: World Languages

Unit Title: Unit 1 – Vacation

Target Course/Grade Level: German IIIIntermediate/Mid Language Learner

(For an understanding of this proficiency level, see the 2009 World Languages Standard document)



Unit Summary:

After their summer break, students will introduce their vacation and different activities of their vacation. The past tense “Perfekt” is reviewed in this context.

Students will learn to express all the aspects of traveling from booking a hotel/flight to describing their trip and places they have seen. They will also discuss the meaning of different languages, currencies and cultural differences. Environmental and economic aspects of the travel industry will be discussed too.


Primary interdisciplinary connections: Geography, Environmental Science, Economy

21st century themes: Cross cultural understanding, traveling, economy and environment, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Unit Rationale:

Traveling is very popular among people from the USA and Germany and a very important part of ones life. To be able to talk about vacation in depth is an important communication skill.


But traveling is much more than a personal free time activity. The awareness and discussion of pros and cons of traveling and the tourist industry is part of the critical thinking process.


Learning Targets

Standards:

All students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied with their own, and participate in home and global communities.


Content Statements


  1. Interpretive Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

  2. Interpersonal Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

  3. Presentational Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

CPI #

Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)

7.1.IM.A.1

Compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information sources related to targeted themes.

7.1.IM.A.4

Use target language to paraphrase what is heard or read in oral or written descriptions of people, places, objects, and daily activities

7.1.IM.A.5

Comprehend conversations and written information on a variety of familiar and some unfamiliar topics.

7.1.IM.A.7

Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar words in some new contexts.

7.1.IM.B.2

Give and follow a series of oral and written directions, commands, and requests for participating in age- and level-appropriate classroom and cultural activities in familiar and some unfamiliar situations.



7.1.IM.B.5

Engage in short conversations about personal experiences or events, topics studied in other content areas, and some unfamiliar topics and situations.

Unit Essential Questions

  • Where did you go for vacation?

  • How did you go there?

  • What did you do there?

  • Where did you stay?

  • What kind of money did you use?

  • How was the weather?

  • With whom did you go?

  • What did you bring?

  • What did you buy?

  • Which language did you speak there?

  • What kind of cultural differences did you notice? (Daily life, customs, food, activities…)

  • What are Pros and Cons about traveling in the USA and outside of the USA

  • How do you express past events? Which tense is necessary?

Unit Enduring Understandings

  • Talking in German about different countries

  • The different kinds of transportation have different kinds of environmental influences (fuel consumption, traffic, etc.)

  • Activities depend on the countries and landscapes

  • The variety of accommodation (Hotel, Youth hostel, Camping ground, Vacation condo) is part of the travel experience
  • Currencies are different in countries outside the USA and influences not only the cost of the travel but can give an understanding of the native life standard


  • Family and friend are part of the travel experience

  • Different kind of clothes, important traveling papers like passport, airline tickets are necessary and depending on the country

  • Souvenirs can give an impression of the native customs

  • Different language than English is spoken in their vacation destination

  • The realization of cultural differences is part of the experience of traveling into foreign countries

  • Traveling involves environmental and economical influences that can be positive and negative (cross cultural understanding, high consumption of fuel, support of the travel industry)

  • Use the German Past tense “Perfekt”

Unit Learning Targets

Students will be able to


  • Name different countries and landscapes in German

  • Describe different free time activities

  • Explain pros and cons of their accommodation

  • Explain the importance and value of different currencies

  • Describe clothes, important traveling papers

  • Express the possibilities and needs to speak another language than English

  • Discuss the environmental and economical influences of traveling

  • Book a room in a hotel/Youth Hostel

  • Make a cross cultural comparison between German and Us-American travel behavior

  • Use the German Past tense “Perfekt”




Evidence of Learning

Summative Assessment:

Students will write dairy entries/letters or postcards from their vacation destination.



Equipment needed: LCD player, Power Point Presentation, Internet

Teacher Resources:




Formative Assessments

  • Dialogs/skits

  • Quizzes and tests to vocabulary and grammar

  • Homework

  • Games

  • Power Point Presentation

  • Composition




Lesson Plans

Lesson

Timeframe

Lesson 1

Past Perfekt


2 days


Lesson 2

Describing landscapes, activities and accommodation



3 days

Lesson 3

Student’s introduction of their vacation


5 days


Lesson 4

Book a flight/ room in a hotel


3 days


Lesson 5

Discussion of travel related themes like currency, languages, pros and cons of traveling



3 days


Lesson 6

Compare travel behavior of US-Americans and Germans



2 days


Teacher Notes:




Unit 2

Content Area: German III

Unit Title: German speaking countries

Target Course/Grade Level: German III

Unit Summary:

In this unit, students will learn about traveling in German speaking countries. Different kinds of accommodations that are typical for theses countries will be introduced. The procedure of booking and checking in a hotel/youth hostel will be reviewed and practiced. Typical sights, customs, ways of traveling, the reading of a train/flight schedule of the different countries will be learned.


Primary interdisciplinary connections: Geography

21st century themes: Tourism, Finances, Economy, Business, Global awareness

Unit Rationale:

After discussing personal travel experiences in unit 1, students have to choose one of the 5 German speaking countries to prepare a fictional travel through this country. They will introduce important cities and sights, customs and ways of traveling in these countries. We will discuss the differences of traveling in the USA and in German speaking countries in Europe.



Learning Targets

Standards

All students will be able to use a world language in addition to English to engage in meaningful conversation, to understand and interpret spoken and written language, and to present information, concepts, and ideas, while also gaining an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures. Through language study, they will make connections with other content areas, compare the language and culture studied with their own, and participate in home and global communities.



Content Statements

  1. Interpretive Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

  2. Interpersonal Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

  3. Presentational Mode: Linguistic, Cultural

CPI #


Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)

7.1.IM.A.1

Compare and contrast information contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information sources related to targeted themes.


7.1.IM.A.3

Analyze the use of verbal and non-verbal etiquette (i.e., gestures, intonation, and cultural practices) in the target culture(s) to determine the meaning of a message.


7.1.IM.A.4

Use target language to paraphrase what is heard or read in oral or written descriptions of people, places, objects, and daily activities.


7.1.IM.A.5

Comprehend conversations and written information on a variety of familiar and some unfamiliar topics.


7.1.IM.B.2


Give and follow a series of oral and written directions, commands, and requests for participating in age- and level-appropriate classroom and cultural activities in familiar and some unfamiliar situations

7.1.IM.C.5


Compare the cultural perspectives of the target culture(s) with those of one’s own culture, as evidenced through the cultural products and cultural practices associated with each.


Unit Essential Questions

  • What are the differences in traveling in German speaking countries in Europe and traveling in the USA?

  • What are specific characteristics of the different German speaking countries?

  • What is typical for traveling in German speaking countries?

  • Is the traveling behavior of American and German people different?

  • Is traveling in Europe cheaper or more expensive than in the USA?

Unit Enduring Understandings

  • Different kind of accommodation

  • Traveling in Europe is especially targeted to young people

  • Young people in Europe are traveling often without accompaniment of adults

  • German speaking countries are small compare to the USA.

  • It is possible to travel to different countries in relatively short time

  • Traveling is relatively cheap




Unit Learning Targets

Students will


  • describe different German countries (landscape and cities)

  • describe a fictional trip through one German speaking country

  • read a train/flight schedule

  • book a room in a hotel/youth hostel
  • understand the value of the Euro


  • define typical ways of traveling through German speaking countries




Evidence of Learning

Summative Assessment:

Students have to prepare a presentation of a fictional trip through one of the German speaking countries in form of a dairy, Power Point presentation or a summary of letters/postcards. They have to research typical sights of a city, possibilities of free time activities, ways of transportation and accommodation. Pictures of the country have to be presented too.



Equipment needed: Internet, Power Point presentation, LCD-Player, pictures,

Teacher Resources: Internet




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