Syllabi & Course Outlines

Syllabi & Course Outlines

German 1

German 1 follows the scope and sequence of the textbook series Portfolio Deutsch from Klett.  In level 1, students are expected to talk about themselves and their immediate surroundings on a variety of familiar topics. 

Semester 1 includes topics on: Semester 2 topics include:
  • Introductions
  • School
  • Countries
  • Creating a personal profile
  • Daily Routines
  • School Subjects
  • Free time
  • Identifying possessions
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • Shopping
  • School fests
  • Vacations / Holidays
  • Health & Sickness
  • My room

 

Students will take three unit tests and a final exam each semester.  Exams will include Reading / Writing / Listening / Speaking / Grammar & Vocabulary.  The writing and speaking portions of the exam will alternate between interpersonal and presentational.  Students will be scored using rubrics created from the National Language Standards (ACTFL) at the Novice Mid level.

Vocabulary quizzes will alternate between self-selected vocabulary lists (active vocabulary), and multiple choice vocabulary in context (passive vocabulary).


German 2

German 2 follows the scope and sequence of the textbook Portfolio Deutsch 2 from Klett.  Students are expected to talk about themselves and their immediate surroundings on a variety of familiar topics, including:

Semester 1: Semester 2:
  • After Vacation
  • In School
  • Friends and Freetime
  • Transportation
  • Sport
  • Clothing
  • Friendship
  • Family fests
  • Money & Possessions
  • My house
  • Cities
  • Nature
  • Health & appearance
  • Electronic Media
  • Careers

 

Students will take three unit tests and a final exam each semester.  Exams will include Reading / Writing / Listening / Speaking / Grammar & Vocabulary.  The writing and speaking portions of the exam will alternate between interpersonal and presentational.  Students will be scored using rubrics created from the National Language Standards (ACTFL) at the Novice High level.

Vocabulary quizzes will alternate between self-selected vocabulary lists (active vocabulary), and multiple choice vocabulary in context (passive vocabulary).


German 3 Honors

German 3 follows the textbook Portfolio Deutsch 3 from EMC.  Students are expected to talk about themselves, their immediate surroundings, and their community on a variety of familiar and unfamiliar topics, including:

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Free time activities
  • New friends and neighbors
  • Neighborhood and living arrangements
  • Media and Consumerism
  • Opinions and Important Items
  • Communication
  • Telling a story
  • Interviews & Invitations

 

Students will take 3 chapter tests and a final exam each semester.  Exams will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Students will additionally practice some Pre-AP activities that will be scored using the National Language (ACTFL) Standards at the Intermediate Mid level.


Advanced Placement German Language and Culture

AP German Language is a rigorous course for which students may elect to take a test for college credit.  Students should consult with the college they are interested in attending to find out what credit they might be able to earn.

Units in AP German Language revolves around the six themes:

  • Family & Community
  • Global Issues
  • Daily Life
  • Beauty & Aesthetics
  • Science & Technology
  • Personal & Public Identity

Traditional reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities in isolation will be replaced with communicative activities:

  • Interpretive Communication: reading, listening, viewing
  • Interpersonal Communication: exchanging information with another person through writing and speaking
  • Presentational Communication: presenting information through writing and speaking, thinking about your intended audience.

Students are expected to interpret a variety of authentic sources, interact with their peers on a variety of familiar and unfamiliar topics, hold presentations, write essays, and read and respond to written communication.  Students will be scored according to the AP scoring guidelines which are aligned with the ACTFL standards at the Intermediate High level.  Whenever possible, students will be given the freedom to search out and choose their own sources to read.

Units that we will cover:

1st Semester:

  • What is “typical German”?
  • Migration / Integration / Multiculturalism
  • Future Plans
  • Consumerism

2nd Semester:

  • Family & Relationships
  • Technology
  • Environmental Consciousness

 

During second semester, students have the option to complete additional practice in preparation for the AP German exam, or complete an alternate project.