Author:
Shawn Moak, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Alltag
  • Bervühmtheit
  • Celebrity
  • Everyday Life
  • German
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English, German

    German Level 4, Activity 05: Alltag und Aberglaube / Everyday Life and Superstition (Online)

    German Level 4, Activity 05: Alltag und Aberglaube / Everyday Life and Superstition (Online)

    Overview

    In this activity, students will talk about their everyday life and discuss the differences between life in Germany and in their own culture.

    Activity Information

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    Everyday Life and Superstition / Alltag und Aberglaube

    Description  

    In this activity, students will talk about their everyday life and discuss the differences between life in Germany and in their own culture.

    Semantic Topics 

    Alltag, Everyday Life, Celebrity, Bervühmtheit, Conjunction use for more complete answers, Konjunktionsgebrauch für vollständigere Antworten,

    Products 

    Personal knowledge of everyday life.  Google slide show of individuals.  Persönliches Alltagswissen. Google-Diashow von Einzelpersonen.

    Practices 

    Everyday living for a person in the United States and a person living in a German speaking country.  Alltagsleben für eine Person in den Vereinigten Staaten und eine Person, die in einem deutschsprachigen Land lebt.

    Perspectives

    Value attached in the cultural differences of daily living in a German speaking land.  Wertschätzung der kulturellen Unterschiede des täglichen Lebens im deutschsprachigen Raum.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

    • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
    • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
    • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

    Idaho State Content Standards

    • Objective: COMM 1.1- Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
    • Objective: COMP 1.1- Observe formal and informal forms of language.
    • Objective: COMM 2.1- Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can ask and answer questions about my everyday life.
    • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
    • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
    • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.

    Materials Needed

    Warm-Up

    1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students.

    2. Discussion Questions:

    • Was ist für euch “alltäglich”? (What is "everyday" for you?)
    • Wie sieht Alltag aus? Wie plant ihr euren Tag? (What does everyday life look like? How do you plan your day?)
    • Gehen oder fahren Sie jeden Tag öfter? (During the day, do you walk or drive more often?)
    • Denkt ihr Amerikaner sind  mehr oder weinger mit dem Auto unterwegs, als Deutsche? (Do you think Americans drive more or less than Germans?)

    Main Activity

    1. Have students choose a celebrity to be. The slide offers a few choices, but they are welcome to choose whoever they would like to be.
    Ihr wird eine Berühmte / Prominente wählen, um zu sein.

    2. Have students answer the next questions, as the celebrity that they are.
    Ihr wird die folgenden Fragen als diese Berühmte / Prominente beantworten.

    3. Have students give the other “celebrities” advice on where they should go/what they should do in Boise.

    4. Discussion Questions:

    • Wie sieht den Alltag als 'Promi' aus? Was macht man tagtäglich? (What does everyday life as [insert 'celebrity'] look like?  What do you do every day?)
    • 'Promi' besucht Boise! Was werdet ihr in Boise / ihre Heimat machen? ([Insert 'celebrity'] visits Boise!  What are you going to do in Boise / where you are from?)
    • Empfehlungen für die anderen Promis: Was sollten sie in Boise machen? (Recommendations for the other celebs: what should they do in Boise?)

    Wrap-Up

    Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

    • Wie viel Zeit verbringt ihr in eurem Alltag am Smartphone? (How much time do you spend on your smartphone in your everyday life?)
    • Was bringt Pech / Glück im Alltag? (What brings bad luck / luck in everyday life?)

    Cultural Resources

    Here is a fun video from the Easy Germans, Weird Things Germans Do.

    End of Activity

    • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate
      their confidence.
      (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
    • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can ask and answer questions about my everyday life.
    • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
    • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
    • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.