Sunday, October 25, 2009

Woche 10 - anfangs Montag der 26. Oktober 2009

I'll be out on Monday and Tuesday, but you can read the plans I have given our substitute.

Deutsch 3
Quiz answer key
Schlussübung - Kapitel 1 -Anmerkungsblatt
Erich Kästner
Emil und die Detektive - Übung
Hausaufgabe - Beginnt Kapitel 2 - Gestern und Heute, pages 32-40, exercises 1,2,3,4 - total schreiben!!

AP Deutsch
Indirekte Rede - Projekt

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Woche 9 - der 19. Oktober

Deutsch 1
Was möchtest du am Wochenende machen?
Was gibt's heute im Fernsehen?

Deutsch 3
Kapitel 1 Quiz - Wortschatz

AP Deutsch
Übungen G,H,I, Seiten 388-389
Lesen genau, Seiten 390-398

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Week 5 - den 21. September

Progress reports go out this week. Along with the progress report I am sending a letter describing remediation/tutoring/academic intervention opportunities available to all of my students. If your child is currently failing, then I require that they attend Monday after school tutoring sessions. For other folks, it optional. Please read the letter carefully and email me at if you have any questions.

Deutsch 1

Monday after school is an opportunity to get a higher grade on that test I gave you all last week. Just pop in if you're unhappy, and we'll go from there. If you would like to enlist some peer tutoring from members of the German National Honor Society, send me an email at and then I'll forward your email to a member of the honor society, then you and the member can set up a time at your convenience.
Meine Familie - talking about your family!
Familientreffen - family reunion - conversation
This Thursday your Familienfotoalbums are due!
Tomorrow your 3 math problems are due, using numbers from 21-infinity! Write your numbers fully!
Telling Time in German

Deutsch 2
Wie komme ich am besten dahin? - Verkehrsmittel!
Was hast du gestern gemacht? - Conversation!
Verbs to Know - a modest list
das Perfekt - Essay assignment
Giving Street Directions in German

Deutsch 3
Verben mit Präpositionen - Schreibübung.
Weißt du, ob....? - Conversation Exercise
Conjunctions exercise

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week 4 - Deutsch bei Enloe

Deutsch 1

We'll review a bit for our Test on Unit, which is Tuesday of this week.
Topics include: Greetings, Introductions, numbers 0-20, talking about ages, origins, other people.
Die Familie!! - key words
Conversation about your family
Projekt - ein Familienfotoalbum! Rubrik hier!
City Projekt - Brochure of your City. Requirements here.
numbers in German (and other languages!)

Deutsch 2

Test this Tuesday on the Dative case, chapter 10. Monday we review for it.
Bundesliga!! Spielbericht - der 5. Spieltag - go to the Bundesliga website and get info on your team. - due Wednesday!

Deutsch 3
Monday we review a bit for our Test on Tuesday - Test is on chapter 10 - past perfect, professions, visiting the doctor, da/dahin difference.
Powerpoint - Deutschland ein neuer Anfang
On your vocabulary list you made, answer the questions in complete sentences (German, of course!) and write 5 questions of your own, plus answers.

Deutsch 4

Prepare for our test on Tuesday concerning Kapitel 1 - verbs in the present.

AP Deutsch

Short stories are due today, along with vocabulary list.
Review briefly for exam on Tuesday - subjunctive II

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Week 2 - Deutschunterricht bei Enloe School

Guten Tag! Hier gibt es einige wichtige Links für die zweite Woche des Semesters.

Deutsch 1
Review Greetings, etc. with Conversation
Talking about other people
Partnerwork - Wie heißt er? Und wie heißt sie?
Review Sheet - Greetings, Introductions
German Names - choose a German surname (family name)
Notes - alternative way of asking who someone is: Wer ist das?

Deutsch 2
Review body parts with partnerwork - Was machen sie mit dem Körperteil?
Notes: Case in German, Dative case in particular
Verbs in German that always have dative case objects
Dative Case endings - Assignment
Wem kaufst du das? - Conversation 1

Deutsch 3
pdf File of list of irregular verbs in German - for Deutsch 2, 3, 4 und auch APGerman!
Berufe! - ein kleines Mini-Projekt
Ayse geht zum Zahnarzt! - Fragen zum Verständnis
the past perfect - das Plusquamperfekt

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lessons for Week 1

Deutsch 1
Click this link to view some essential weblinks for your first lessons in German!
Guten Tag and Auf Wiedersehen - Handout/Notesheet for you!
Wie geht es dir? Wie geht es Ihnen? - Asking how are you??

Deutsch 2
Body Parts in German - Quizlet!
German Medical Vocabulary
Der Körper - Image!

Deutsch 3
Berufe! Was willst du mal in der Zukunft werden?
Massive List of oldtime German professions
More professions in German
Hausaufgabe - lesen Seiten 305-307, mit Anmerkungsblatt

Deutsch 4
Beginnen wir Thema 1 - Freizeit - mit Partner/Klassendiskussion über unsre Lieblingsfreizeitbeschäftigungen
Besprechen wir die Graphik - Freizeitstudie - Seite 6 - Gedanken und Meinungen zum Inhalt.
Hausaufaufgabe - Projekt - Meine Woche - Gruppenarbeit #1, Seite 8 - Sieh Rubrik davon!
Lesen Seiten 9 - 11 - 50 000 Skater voll auf der Rolle!
Kapitel 1 - Seiten 242-247 - Schreiben A, B und C

AP German

Auf ein Blatt Papier stellt eine grosse Liste von neuen Vokabeln, Ausdrücken, usw von der Erzählung Frau Hitt. benutzt die Website, als Hilfsmittel. Mindestens 2o Einträge auf der Liste.

Hausaufgabe: Übung D, Seite 352. Im Konjunktiv II, natürlich!!

Pacing Guides and Guidelines Information

Guten Abend. Today was a fast-moving day at Enloe. We mostly went over guidelines and expectations of our respective German courses. We'll finish and continue reviewing these tomorrow in class. It is very important you all understand that learning a modern foreign language requires that teenagers speak and interact efficiently and effectively. But to do this requires both a higher level of self-control and also social risk-taking, which sometimes contradict each other in group settings. I could teach in a traditional manner, with loads of notes, lectures, etc. but it wouldn't be authentic second language learning. Review the guidelines closely.

Here are copies various pacing guides that I will use to guide instruction this year.

German 1 Pacing Guide
German 2 Pacing Guide
German 3 Pacing Guide

Enloe High School Rules will be strictly enforced, especially the tardy policy. If you are not in your seat when the tardy bell rings, you'll be assigned detention on the next possible ASD (after-school detention) day, which will be announced/written on the side announcement board in our classroom. Here is a copy of tardy slips I'll use to assign these dreaded detentions:

Tardy Slips for Excessive/Unproductive talking and tardiness

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Course Guidelines and Expectations

Here is a copy of the course guidelines, which applies equally to each of my German classes at Enloe High School. Actual topics covered in each level of our German class will be distributed later in the week or posted at this website. I'll include a copy of last year's syllabus for German 4; the topics will be the same this year.

Course Guidelines and Expectations for German at Enloe - 2009-2010
Course Guidelines for German Level 4, 2008-2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ich heiße Euch . . . . Willkommen!

Another year at Enloe, and I hope you all had a terrific summer. Ours was good, the highlight being the German GAPP Exchange trip from June 18th to July 12th. That was awesome. Fourteen Enloe High students accompanied me and a parent-chaperone to Schwetzingen, Germany and Munich for a three-week sojourn. In two years we'll do it again, so you freshmen and sophomores with me this year (and also graduating seniors, if you're so inclined!) start saving some money and thinking about the GAPP exchange in 2011.

Last year I had 5 different websites for my German classes, this year I am going to use a single weblog (blog) to communicate with students and parents. So keep checking in to see what's new at Enloe's German program. I look forward to working with all of you this year!

Auf Wiedersehen! -- Herr Kandah

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thoughts on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Normally when I read rabidly pro-Israel letters to the editor in local newspapers, I ascribe them to a large and vocal group of misguided people overdosing on mainstream media a la Fox News and/or rigid religious sentiment. These people are earnest, and in my view somewhat harmless and predictable. In our great country, the right to spout off without encouraging violence and besmirching someone's character is absolute, but the latest spate of one-sided apologistic letters coincident with Israel's latest firebombing of Gaza, part and parcel of the low level of discourse on the Israel/Palestine conflict in America, contained some of the most overly simplistic, trite, offensive and rightfully dishonest statements that I have ever seen in support of Israeli aggression. It was as if the Israeli Government Press Office wrote the letters. I honestly couldn't believe the editor would allow the use of the word “barbarians” in reference to Hamas and the Islamic world on the editorial page. Since when do we as a society use the term barbarians to describe people fighting for their political rights in their own lands? Are we still living in Roman times, when anyone not like you are considered barbaric and undeserving of humane treatment? In any case, it was quite a low blow. Would you allow a comparison of Israel's treatment of Gaza to the Nazi treatment of the Warsaw Jewish ghettos, where resistance to racist oppression was met with cruelty and death. People of far great intellectual strength have made the comparison, but I am sure the Keystone Cops of Middle East Diplomacy seen on these pages would have cried foul and probably call me an anti-Semitic misanthrope or some such nonsense.

I would like to now attempt to blow holes in the common arguments many Israel supporters made during the last Israeli onslaught. First off, I'll say I count myself among supporters of Israel – I have travelled there numerous times, in both Palestine and Israel, and I find the peoples there welcoming and gracious, despite the tense and violent political climate under which they're forced to live. The first argument: What if Mexico or Manitoba, Canada or some such adjacent province, launched missiles at American towns? Shouldn't we respond too like the Israelis? The argument is based on the faulty assumption that the peoples of Manitoba or Mexico are living under the same set of circumstances as Gazans. Why would Canadians or Mexicans attack us? America hasn't kept them under siege for 5 years. We haven't killed their elected leaders with bombs that result too often in civilian death and massive property damage. America hasn't gone around the world pressuring leaders to boycott the elected municipal leaders of Manitoba or Mexico, and we haven't played patty-cake with vital fuel, food and medicines that need to flow into the area for the needs of the people. My point is, if we had treated our neighbors like this for a long time, and these neighbors got fed up and fight back, we have mostly ourselves to blame for Mexican or Canadian missiles. And Israeli harassment of the Palestinians during its brutal multigenerational occupation breeds nothing but contempt and animus.

It wouldn't mean we shouldn't or couldn't respond to Canadian and Mexican attack. The right to self-defense among nations is generally accepted but is no way absolute, especially if another way to a ceasefire is present. And in the case of Israel/Palestine, there are numerous UN Security Council Resolutions in play, frameworks of agreement left over from the waning days of the Clinton Adminstration, the Oslo Accords, the Geneva Memorandum written by leading Israeli and Palestinian academics and diplomats, and the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, endorsed by the Arab League, that crystalized the essence of the Arab view of Israel: they are ready for normalized relations with the Jewish State, across the Arab world, in exchange for just peace made with the Palestinians involving a two-state solution roughly along the 1967 Green Line borders. All these frameworks and understandings could coalesce into a durable peace. The Arab World including the Palestinians are ready to recognize Israel culturally and economically, but not while Israel keeps terrorizing Palestinians in their own homes and villages. Seems reasonable enough.

This conflict between Israel and the Palestinians cannot be solved by military means. If military might could solve it, then the Israelis would have won a long time ago, decisively. The IDF is a killer machine, albeit sometimes undisciplined, that can “fold, spindle and mutilate / those unbelievers from a neighboring state” with the best of them. It's a political conflict that needs to be solved by political agreements mediated by devoted, competent peacemakers who understand both sides equally and sympathetically. Wildly waving the flag of one side in a conflict that honestly has no first tier security significance for Americans (remember, Israel's security needs and American security needs are distinct), aside from the evidence that American complicity in Israeli aggression does create anti-US sentiment throughout the world, is juvenile and simplistic. Hamas doesn't plot and conspire to kill Americans, as far as I know, they plot and conspire to kill and maim Israelis, soldiers and civilians also, in their retrograde war against Israeli occupation.

So the Mexican-USA / Gaza – Israel analogy is ridiculous, and anyone making it is hereby christened an ignorant partisan. Another empty argument: Israel left Gaza completely in 2005, and the Gazans responded with rockets. This is a common strain from Israeli-apologists, and it's bogus. The era of Hamas rockets came after Ariel Sharon's last gasp as the Israeli leader – known for his violent, deadly outbursts on the battlefield against innocent Arab civilians - enacted his unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. The world was supposed see this stroke of Sharon's gesture in a positive light, as if the Israelis made great sacrifices in leaving Gaza. They shouldn't have been there in the first place, first of all, and when they finally adhered to handpicked portions of UN Security Resolutions relevant to the Israel/Palestine conflict and left Gaza, they forgot to leave behind the keys to the great wall that imprisons this coastal strip. It's not a withdrawal when you remain in control of all border crossings, airspace, sea lanes, and when you exploit unhindered access to Gaza neighborhoods by air, land and sea with high-tech weaponry. Israel never withdraw from Gaza, they created the largest open air prison in the world, and bombed and strafed the region endlessly ever since their unilateral folly of withdrawal. Ariel Sharon's actions underscore the abject futility of unilateralism in this conflict and only lend support of face-to-face negotiations between parties, including Hamas, in this age-old war over land.

President Bush's only righteous action he accomplished in the region is the encouragement and assistance given to the Palestinians in holding parliamentary elections in 2006. By all accounts, it was the freest and fairest election the Middle East had ever seen. Pity he didn't respect the results of the election when Hamas won a majority in parliament. Most likely through pressure by highly vocal minority groups in this country, our former President once again squandered an opportunity by ignoring the will of the Palestinians and refusing to give Hamas a chance to govern. Boycotts began, international aid was withdrawn, and the Palestinians were left to wonder about America's fealty to democratic values. The loser party, Fatah, couldn't tolerate the results either and with assistance from Israel and America attempted to wrest power from Hamas in Gaza. Another failure of American/Israel policy ensued – this American/Israel sponsored civil war between Palestinians - and Hamas was left in total control of the Gaza Strip with a solid undercurrent of support in the West Bank where Fatah, the remnants of the PLO, assumed power.

It's not suprising why Hamas won. They have had a long history of providing vital services for the largest number of Palestinians. Hamas created and maintained schools, medical clinics, religious services in the communities they held sway, and they had a reputation for honesty in the courts and municipalities. People I have spoken with on the streets of Ramallah put more faith in Hamas-sponsored judicial appointments in the court systems than they did in Fatah-loyalists manning offices in the government buildings.

More later . . . . .