SYLLABUS FOR DEUTSCH 1-
Willkommen! I am so happy to have you in my class! Here is a little bit of information about how things will go in German class this year. My goal is for you to learn to understand, speak, read, and write in German about the topics that we cover in class. This will take a lot of work, but we'll have a lot of fun along the way!
I will speak a lot of German in class. At first, you won't always know what I'm saying. That's okay- don't worry. Just listen anyway, and pay attention to what I am doing with my hands- my hands will often be explaining without words. Soon you'll be understanding without thinking twice.
GERMAN 1 is a year-long class in which you will learn a whole lot of German! You will learn how to discuss your likes and dislikes and express opinions about things like hobbies, food and clothing. As you get used to the language, the teacher will speak mostly German, and you will be expected to communicate in German as well.
200 points- Homework/Preparation
for class. You will have a short homework assignment each night, to be
checked in class. Once in a while you will have a longer homework assignment
or project that you will have several afternoons to complete. You will also be
graded on having all your supplies and organized
notebook each day.
200 points- Quizzes/Journal
There will be several very short quizzes for each chapter, averaging one quiz
per week. These may occur on any day, but are usually given on Friday. Each
Thursday you will write in your journal, and your journal will be graded,
plus it will be a part of your portfolio at the end of the year.
200 points- Classwork/
You will be graded on your citizenship as well as participation
in speaking activities, partnerwork, games, etc. You will complete several written assignments in class each
400 points- Tests and Projects
TOTAL= 1000 points per
Listens to instructions,
responds appropriately, and completes tasks immediately
Listens to instructions and
completes tasks immediately.
Listens to instructions but
wastes time before acting.
Does not follow
instructions or asks for instructions to be repeated.
Always on task, Participates appropriately in games,
activities, and work.
On-task most of the time,
Sometimes on task, responds
only when called on. Completes some classwork.
Not on task, is sleeping,
talking out of turn, doing distracting things. Does not complete classwork.
Uses mostly German in
class, always in appropriate ways.
Uses some German in class,
always in appropriate ways.
Uses no or very little German in class, or uses it
Takes a leadership position
to stop disrespectful behavior in class. Be helpful to others when appropriate.
Does not say anything
disrespectful, even when attacked.
Insults or makes fun of
others, behaves disrespectfully, disrupts.
4. LATE WORK
1.If you are absent, it is YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY to get the assigment
from a classmate or to put a note in Frau Hudson's box with your name and the
DATES of your absence. To turn in
makeup work, be sure it has the DATE and MAKE UP written at the top. You have 1
week to complete all work and put it in the basket before it is counted
If you have not been absent, late classwork
or homework will be accepted for HALF CREDIT only.
you miss a test or quiz or would like to retake one you didn't do so
YOU are responsible for making an
appointment with Frau Hudson to make it up.
5. FRAU HUDSON'S POSTKASTEN
If you are
having a problem with someone or something in the class that you would like
to discuss with Frau Hudson, if you have a question about anything, or if you have a suggestion for an activity
you would like for the class to do, etc, please write her a note and put it
in the Postamt basket. Frau Hudson will read these notes regularly and
respond as quickly and fairly as she can.
respectfully to everyone. This is the most important rule
. NO fights or mean comments, whether "just playing"
or "for real," will be tolerated. Frau
Hudson expects you to act kindly to each person, even if someone is not your
favorite person in the world. If you say something "kidding" mean, you will have
to punch your card and serve detention. If you fight or insult someone, or use foul language, you will go straight
to the office.
Please have your book,
completed homework, notebook, and sharpened pencils EVERY DAY. Your journal, markers, plastic bags, and
dictionary can stay in your box. For each day you are not prepared, you will
lose one of your 100 preparation points.
objects to yourself
- no touching others or taking their stuff, no
messing with or breaking objects during class, and absolutely no throwing
ANYTHING unless it is in a game that Frau Hudson started. Do not bring toys
or other non-school-related objects to class. ELECTRONIC DEVICES SUCH AS
IPODS OR CELL PHONES WILL BE TAKEN and reported to the office, and kept until
parents pick up.
drinks, or gum,
unless Frau Hudson
has provided it or given special permission for students to bring something.
appropriately for learning.
do anything that Frau Hudson may find inappropriate for class;
but not limited to
: refusing to participate properly, loud talking or
yelling, making noises, breaking things, getting up during class without
asking, running, making faces, feet on desks, drawing on desks or on people,
passing notes, playing with pencils, or distracting comments. If you get three punches in your card
about these kinds of behaviors, you will go to the office.
HERE IS WHAT A TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD WILL BE LIKE.
TWO MINUTES (YOU MAY TALK)
After the bell, you have
TWO minutes to get your pencils sharpened, get your journal out of your box,
and get your book, notebook, and last night's homework out and ready to go.
( NO TALKING BY ANYONE) Each
person will have supplies ready, copy down the date in German, write down
tonight's homework assignment in their planners, then work quietly for on the
Wilkommen activity on the board while
Frau H checks roll and checks your supplies.
TWO to TEN MINUTES
(NO TALKING EXCEPT FOR FRAU
H, UNLESS SHE CALLS ON YOU)We will discuss the journal prompt. Frau
Hudson will introduce new German words
or grammar and explain what will be going on in class today. You must listen
to instructions so you know what to do. Frau H will explain the assignment
for the day and the homework for tonight.
FIFTEEN TO TWENTY MINUTES (NO TALKING BY ANYONE,
UNLESS WE ARE DOING PARTNER WORK)
Everyone will work quietly
on their assignments while Frau H walks around checking homework and helping
people. IF you have a question, write it on a piece of scrap paper, skip to
the next part that you can do, raise your hand and wait for Frau H to get to
you. NOTE: The better everyone is able
to focus, the sooner we finish with bookwork and can move on to speaking.
TEN TO FIFTEEN MINUTES
We will play a game, sing a
song, do partner work, do scavenger hunts, watch a video, or do some other
activity in which we talk in German!
WHEN THE BELL RINGS, Everyone must be quiet and in his or her
seat in order for the group to be dismissed.
The best-behaved, most on-task group will be
dismissed first. The others will be dismissed after that.
8. Der Deutschkarte
Each student is assigned a laminated card
(Deutschkarte) on which you and Frau
Hudson will keep track of tardies,
passes out, and misbehavior for the
semester. It is to let you know what Frau H has in her gradebook. YOU MAY NOT TOUCH ANYONE ELSE'S CARD.
Spät! (Late )
No excuses, unless you have
a note from a teacher, you are still tardy no matter what happened to you.
You have two grace tardies for the semester. Your third tardy must be paid
for with a detention, and for each one after the third, Frau Hudson will call
home and discuss with them what other steps need to be taken.
Reisepass (travel pass)
Each student has three
passes out per semester. These can be for bathroom, water, or locker trips as
you choose. Write Frau H a pass request, and she will let you have the
hole-punch so you can punch out and get the pass. . However, when these three
are used up, there are no more passes out. This includes trips to the nurse, unless you are bleeding, vomiting,
or I get a note or call from Ms. Neumann.
Benimm dich bitte!
(behave yourself please) Frau
H will give you a warning if she thinks you are unaware of your distracting
behavior, and if that does not help you get it under control, she will hand
you the hole-punch and you must punch a hole in your card. Each punch results
in a detention and a call home. If a
person has more than three punches
in one semester, they will be written up and must go to the office.
certain times during the year, there will be "reckoning days". Those who have
no punches in their cards will receive a homework pass or other small reward!
1. When can I sharpen
my pencil or blow my nose?
You have two minutes at the beginning of class to do what
you need to do. You may not get up
You are encouraged
to bring a small personal sharpener to class and some tissues in your pocket if
you need them.
2.I'm desperate. When can I go to the bathroom/to my
locker/to get water?
Wait until Frau H is done explaining the lesson, and we are
working quietly. Write her a request on a scrap piece of paper. She will then
give you the hole punch so you can punch out and take the pass. You have three passes out per semester.
3.What can I do if I
make a bad grade on a test?
You can retake any test or quiz. It is your responsibility
to make an appointment with Frau H to retake it after school. There are also extra-credit opportunities
available; put a request in Frau H's box.
4. What do I do if I
was absent or forgot to do my homework?
It is YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY to find out the assignments from a classmate, or write Frau
H a work request, with your name, class, and DATES you missed. You have one
week to get the work in. Otherwise it can only count for half credit. If you
were NOT absent, late work will immediately be worth half credit. DO IT ON TIME!!
What can I
do if I'm having a hard time "getting it"?
Especially if you were absent or had a bad day the day
before, you might have times when you are a little confused in class and need
extra help. Don't get frustrated; Please make an appointment with Frau H to
catch up after school or during lunch; she'll be happy to help you one on one.
YOU are a bright, responsible
person. If you weren't, you wouldn't be taking German!
Therefore, I expect a lot
out of you. I pledge to you that I
will try my hardest to be your COACH of German- to push you and cheer you on,
and do my best to help make our classroom a comfortable, happy place for everybody to work and live.
Now YOU take the pledge:
"I will try my hardest to learn as much
German as I can, and to help make
our classroom a comfortable, happy
place for everybody to work and live!"
I have seen this
document, all six pages of it, and I
have had an opportunity to ask questions and clarify what each section says.