Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wie heißt du? Wer ist das? Was ist dein Name?

Hallo, meine Deutschschüler!

Students have said they couldn't find things I said were at Remember to scroll down for previous posts. I am going to try to update the blog every day. Read the date, read the entries pertaining to your course, and find the information you need!

Deutsch 1
German names for boys! Choose one you like; there are hundreds and hundreds!
German names for girls! Choose one you like; there are hundreds and hundreds of them!   

Deutsch 2
Wohin geht's? - Kapitel 1 - introductions

Deutsch 4
Kreisdiagramm - Wie verbringt ihr die Zeit?? - Projekt
Klassenrunde - Thema 1

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day, not bad....Good Job!

Smooth opening to school, I must say. Let's create some momentum now with learning German! Remember, is a blog; scroll down for previous posts. Make sure you read and understand the syllabus. Also fill out the online information forms. Tomorrow we'll get some new seats, review the rules and expectations, and move straight into the curriculum.

Deutsch 1
Basic Greetings and goodbyes in German
Greetings review plus goodbyes!
Asking what someone's name is - Wie heißt du? -- Ich heiße Johann. Und du?
Asking about other people, who they are.....Wer ist das?? Das ist der Gerhard.
Choice phrases for facilitating conversations
Asking how someone is - Wie geht es dir? -- Es geht mir gut!
Asking how old someone is: Wie alt bist du?
The Numbers 0-20 in German

Deutsch 2
German 1 Essentials - things you should know for German 2
You'll get into small groups and prepare a short skit - written in your notebooks! - that highlights key points of the unit your are reviewing. Your skit should make sense, include common greetings, and everyone should have a roughly equal number of lines.

Deutsch 3
German 3 in Period 2 Assignment - updated daily  German 3 in 3rd period will roughly follow these assignments, with some modifications.

Deutsch 4
Review class guidelines and expectations. Complete distribution of texts, and begin study of Thema 1 - Freizeit. Steigen wir ein! Hausaufgabe: 
  • Seiten 4-8 genau lesen.
  • Seite 7, Übungen A/B - andenken/überlegen - Seid bereit, das Thema tief im Unterricht zu besprechen.
  •  Kapitel 1, Seiten 236-242, read study carefully. Write exercises A, B, D on separate sheet of paper.
Note on separate homework assignments: prepare them neatly with name, date, title. The title should include Kapitel and page number, plus subheadings for each exercises completed. - explore, we'll examine this website later.

AP Deutsch
Portfolios from Handbuch zur deutsche Grammatik
Lesenbericht requirements
Tagesereignis - requirements.
Timeline creation using a google doc spreadsheet template.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


It was great seeing many parents and students at the open house Thursday evening. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to a fantastic year with everyone working towards common goals and showing growth not only in German but also in life in general. Stay in touch per email: And students remember: use your Wake County Email Accounts when communicating with your teachers. More information will be forthcoming and students from last year can get their passwords reset in the media center or student services. When you get it reset: DON'T FORGET THE USERNAME AND PASSWORD! There is a link at kandah,org, on the righthand side, towards the bottom, to your Wake County Email account login screen. Learn how to use this account.

Get used to how this blog is organized; this is where you'll get your homework assignments, links to valuable resources needed for your homework, and general and specific announcements. Often one entry will include all my classes throughout the week, with multiple days, updated. I'll mention when the website is updated with new material.

Read the syllabi at the previous entry: When you fully understand the syllabus, please fill out the form corresponding to your German class:

German 1 Information form - click the link and fill out it!
German 2 Information form  click and fill!
German 3 Information form
German 4 Information form
AP German information form

You should all get and use a google account. Their online products, like the blogging function, youtube, Google Drive, email Google Voice are pretty useful, and I will utilize them in our class this year.

One important google-based activity I will utilize is the online timeline creator at Visit the site and explore how timelines are created using this tool. It's mildly complex, but it creates awesome online timelines. We'll study how this is done in class.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Welcome Back to School.

Well, the summer is over. For me, it was one long weekend. No complaints from this corner. I hope
your summers were also relaxing and fun. A lot has occurred over the summer: Germany's World Cup Championship, Ukraine's rebels, ISIS in Iraq, Hamas and Israel bombing one another, Ferguson, MO, did I miss anything? Probably.

But the time has come to return to school with visions of friends, teachers, learning, homework, projects, rules, bells, books, dress codes, and GERMAN!

Speaking of German here are some important links to help you get started with a new year. Remember to keep checking back at for updates on all things German!

German 1 Syllabus for 2014-2015
German 1 Curriculum Arcs for 2014-2015
German 2 Syllabus for 2014-2015
German 3 Syllabus for 2014-2015
German 3 Curriculum Arcs for 2014-2015
German 4 Syllabus for 2014-2015
German 4 Curriculum Arcs for 2014-2015 
AP German Syllabus - under revision - the latest version will be posted shortly
College Board document on the AP German Course - lengthy, but worth a look.