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6th grade Expectations & Procedures Letter  

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES

**Subject: German (6th Grade – Quarter Class/9 weeks)**

 

Teacher: Frau Marshall (Mrs. Marshall)

Email: marshall_steph@hcde.org

Material covered:

 

**Required Materials**

 

-white 3X5 Index Cards - doesn’t matter if lined or not

-folder (doesn’t matter what kind)

-sharpened pencils (always a good idea to carry a pencil pouch with pencils & a sharpener!)

-composition book (standard size - 9 3/4 X 7 1/2)

 

**Grading Policy**

 

Tests, quizzes, homework and projects are graded on points. The grading scale (HCDE) is as follows:

 

A=93-100

B=85-92

C=75-84

D=70-74

F=0-69

 

Grading Formula – 10% Homework, 40% Quizzes/Classwork, and 50% Tests/Projects/Essays

 

Homework – Ja! Homework is invaluable in learning a foreign language. Any homework you may have for German (not much in 6th grade) should not take you longer than 10-20 minutes; if it’s taking you much longer than this, please come talk to me so we can work out a solution together.

 

Late Work (school-wide policy) – Discouraged but accepted with a 10% penalty off total points earned for the first day late, 20% the second day, 30% the third day, and a zero for anytime after that. If you are absent, YOU are responsible for remembering to get your assignments turned in according to the Hamilton County policy stated in the student handbook!

 

**Behavior**

 

I am excited about the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the German language with you. My hope is that you will enter my classroom prepared to broaden your horizons and open your mind. In order for that to happen, I need you to remember my one and only rule. SHOW RESPECT IN MY CLASSROOM AT ALL TIMES. That’s it. That includes respect for other’s right to learn, your stuff, my stuff, your teacher, and yourself.

 

*Consequences (should you forget my one and only rule):

1.    Verbal Warning

2.    Written  Warning (yellow card)

3.    Call home (red card)

4.    Subsequent misbehavior will result in a possible administrative referral.

 

*Restroom/Water Fountain Use: Please do not ask to go to the restroom/water fountain during my class; make sure you allow for time to stop at the restrooms along the way if you need to. I have to plan these breaks between classes, and so must you! You are welcome to bring a water bottle to class.

 

*Tardy Policy: I will be following the OMS tardy policy. Upon the fourth tardy, you will need to sign a form stating that you understand the fifth tardy will result in an administrative detention/further action.

 

**Jetzt Geht’s Los**

 

This translates as “Ready, Set, Go!” Upon entering my classroom each day, you will see a warm-up/bell ringer activity on the board (in column marked with bell icon). I expect you to be in your seat once you have entered my room and working on this activity. This activity allows us all to focus and be prepared to move on with the important work of the day.

 

**Fees/Donations**

 

Although I do not ask for a materials fee, donations are needed and much appreciated! Some of the materials I am currently most in need of are Kleenex, colored paper, and Clorox Wipes.

 


 

**********************************************************

Please sign and return to me by___________________.

 

I have read and understood all of Frau Marshall’s classroom expectations and procedures. I am ready to have a great experience in German class and prepare myself to be a global citizen!

 

Signature ___________________________________                    Class: 6A   6B

 

Parent’s Signature ___________________________________

 

 

 

 

Updated 8/2017


6th grade Welcome Letter  

Willkommen to 6th Grade German!

Dear Student and Parents:

Ich heiße Frau Marshall (My name is Mrs. Marshall.). I am thrilled to be sharing my

enthusiasm for the German language and German speaking countries with you for one

quarter (9 weeks) of the 2017-20178 school year!

What can you expect to learn in German class for only 9 weeks? As this class is

exploratory in nature, we cover mostly the fun stuff! You will learn how to say your

name, the German alphabet, how to count in German, the names of the colors,

geography, greetings and farewells, many cultural tidbits, and certainly some grace

words. Please and thank you are still the magic words - in any language!

You will be compiling most of your work into a composition book; this book stays in my

classroom until the end of the quarter, at which time, we will have to say, “Auf

Wiedersehen!” as 6th graders rotate to another Related Arts class. I’ll look forward to

seeing you again in 7th grade and hopefully again in 8th grade where German I is

covered (a year long course for high school credit).

I welcome your questions/concerns. Please feel free to contact me by way of school

email (Marshall_steph@hcde.org) or by school phone (423-238-5732, Ext. 242).

Parents, the best times to reach me are during my planning times from 8:55-9:35 and

from 11:20-12:15. If I am not readily available, I will make every effort to promptly reply

to your call/email. You can also find updated information on my teacher page on

omsowls.org.

I look forward to working with you this school year!

Mit freundlichen Grü.en, (With friendly greetings,)

Frau Marshall

Updated 8/2017


7th Grade Expectations & Procedures Letter  

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES

**Subject: German (7th Grade – Quarter Class/9 weeks)**

 

Teacher: Frau Marshall (Mrs. Marshall)

Email: marshall_steph@hcde.org

 

**Required Materials**

 

-folder (standard paper/plastic folder with pockets – prongs don’t matter)

-sharpened pencils (always a good idea to carry a pencil pouch with pencils & a sharpener!)

-standard sized composition book

**Grading Policy**

 

Tests, quizzes, homework and projects are graded on points. The grading scale (HCDE) is as follows:

 

A=93-100                                                                                                                              

B=85-92

C=75-84

D=70-74

F=0-69

 

Grading Formula – 10% Homework, 40% Quizzes/Classwork, and 50% Tests/Projects/Essays

 

Homework – Ja! Homework is invaluable in learning a foreign language. Any homework you may have for German should not take you longer than 10-20 minutes; if it’s taking you much longer than this, please come talk to me so we can work out a solution together.

 

Late Work (school-wide policy) – Discouraged but accepted with a 10% penalty off total points earned for the first day late, 20% the second day, 30% the third day late, and a zero for anytime after that. If you are absent, YOU are responsible for remembering to get your assignments turned in according to the Hamilton County policy stated in the student handbook!

 


 

 

 

**Behavior**

 

I am excited about the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the German language with you. My hope is that you will enter my classroom prepared to broaden your horizons and open your mind. In order for that to happen, I need you to remember my one and only rule. SHOW RESPECT IN MY CLASSROOM AT ALL TIMES. That’s it. That includes respect for other’s right to learn, your stuff, my stuff, your teacher, and yourself.

 

*Consequences (should you forget my one and only rule):

1.    Verbal Warning

2.    Written Warning (yellow card)

3.    Call Home (red card)

4.    Subsequent misbehavior will result in a possible administrative referral.

 

*Restroom/Water Fountain Use: Please do not ask to go to the restroom/water fountain during my class; make sure you allow time to stop at the restrooms on the way if you need to. I have to plan these breaks between classes, and so must you! You are welcome to bring a water bottle to class!

 

*Tardy Policy: I will be following the OMS tardy policy. Upon the fourth tardy, you will need to sign a form stating that you understand the fifth tardy will result in an administrative detention/further action.

**Jetzt Geht’s Los**

 

This translates as “Ready, Set, Go!” Upon entering my classroom each day, you will see a warm-up activity/bellringer on the board (in column marked with a bell icon). I expect you to be in your seat once you have entered my room and working on this activity. This activity allows us all to focus and be prepared to move on with the important work of the day.

**Fees/Donations**

 

Although I do not ask for a materials fee, donations are needed and much appreciated! Some of the materials I am currently in most need of are Kleenex, colored paper, and Clorox Wipes.


 

 

Please sign and return to me by___________________.

 

I have read and understood all of Frau Marshall’s classroom expectations and procedures. I am ready to have a great experience in German class and prepare myself to be a global citizen!

 

Signature ___________________________________                                Class: 7A   7B

 

Parent’s Signature ___________________________________

 

 

 

Updated 8/2017


7th grade Welcome Letter  

Willkommen to 7th Grade German!

Dear Student and Parents:

Ich heiße Frau Marshall (my name is Mrs. Marshall). I am thrilled to be sharing my

enthusiasm for the German language and for German speaking countries with you for

one quarter.

If you had German in 6th grade, you would have been with me for 9 weeks and learned

things like saying your name, the German alphabet, the numbers, birthday greetings,

colors, geography, greetings and farewells, and grace words.

In the 7th grade, we expand on this exploratory program and delve further into the

culture and geography of German speaking countries. 7th Grade German is still not a

grammatically driven course; the focus continues to be of an exploratory nature. You

can expect to learn many fun and useful things and be able to tell a little bit about

yourself by the end of the quarter as well as gain some useful information about culture

and geography of these countries. The textbook we will be using in class is Exploring

German, but you will not be taking this home. You will periodically have homework, but

it will not require the use of the book. Homework should not be taking more than about

10-20 min. If you find that you are struggling, please contact me immediately so we can

work together on finding a solution. Again, although you will indeed be learning some

key words and phrases, you will not be speaking conversational German by the end of

this quarter. My main goal is to expose you to the culture of German speaking countries

and build your confidence level so that you can develop your foreign language skills

later on.

I welcome your questions/concerns. Please feel free to contact me by way of school

email (Marshall_steph@hcde.org) or by school phone (423-238-5732, Ext. 242).

Parents, the best times to reach me are during my planning times from 8:55-9:35 and

from 11:20-12:15. If I am not readily available, I will make every effort to promptly reply

to your call/email. You can also find updated class information on my teacher page on

omsowls.org.

I am looking forward to working with you this school year!

Mit freundlichen Grü.en, (With friendly greetings,)

Frau Marshall

Updated 8/2017


8th grade Expectations & Procedures Letter (HS Prep/Non-HS Credit)  

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND PROCEDURES

**Subject: HS Prep German (8th Grade – 1 semester)**

Teacher: Frau Marshall (Mrs. Marshall)

Email: marshall_steph@hcde.org

**Required Materials**

-folder (doesn’t matter what kind)

-sharpened pencils (always a good idea to carry a pencil pouch with pencils & a sharpener!)

-notebook (doesn’t matter what kind)

-3x5 white index cards (doesn’t matter if lined or not) *These will be used used at home and at

school.

-earbuds

**Grading Policy**

Tests, quizzes, homework and projects are graded on points. The grading scale(HCDE) is as

follows:

A=93-100

B=85-92

C=75-84

D=70-74

F=0-69

Grading Formula – 10% Homework, 40% Quizzes/Classwork, 50% Tests/Projects/Essays

Homework – Ja! Homework is invaluable in learning a foreign language. I use homework as an

instructional tool; it is a method of practice to be used as a self-check. It is never a form of

punishment or meant to take longer than 10-20 min. If you find you are struggling and it is

taking you much longer than this, please come talk to me so we can work out a solution

together.

Late Work (school-wide policy) – Discouraged but accepted with a 10% penalty off total points

earned for the first day late, 20% the second day, 30% the third day, and a zero for anytime

after that. If you are absent, YOU are responsible for remembering to get your assignments

turned in according to the Hamilton County policy stated in the student handbook!

**Behavior**

I am excited about the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the German language with you.

My hope is that you will enter my classroom prepared to broaden your horizons and open your

mind. In order for that to happen, I need you to remember my one and only rule. SHOW

RESPECT IN MY CLASSROOM AT ALL TIMES. That’s it. That includes respect for other’s right to

learn, your stuff, my stuff, your teacher, and yourself.

*Consequences (should you forget my one and only rule):

1. Verbal warning

2. Written Warning (yellow card)

3. Call Home (red card)

4. Subsequent misbehavior/serious infractions will result in a possible administrative

(disciplinary) referral.

*Restroom/Water Fountain Use: Please do not ask to go to the restroom/water fountain

during my class. I have to plan these breaks between classes, and so must you! You are

welcome to bring a water bottle to class (filled with water only)!

*Tardy Policy: I will be following the OMS tardy policy. Upon the fourth tardy, you will need to

sign a form stating that you understand the fifth tardy will result in an administrative

detention/further action.

**Jetzt Geht’s Los**

This translates as “Ready, Set, Go!” Upon entering my classroom each day, you will see a warmup

activity/bell-ringer on the board (in column marked with bell icon). I expect you to be in

your seat once you have entered my room and working on this activity. This activity allows us

all to focus and be prepared to move on with additional important work of the day.

**Fees/Donations**

Although I do not ask for a materials fee, donations are needed and much appreciated! Some of

the materials I am currently in most need of are Kleenex, colored paper, and Clorox Wipes.

**********************************************************

Please sign and return to me by___________________.

I have read and understood all of Frau Marshall’s classroom expectations and procedures, and I

am ready to have a great experience in German class and begin preparing myself to be a

productive global citizen.

Signature ___________________________________ Class: 8A 8B

Parent’s Signature ___________________________________

Updated 8/2017


8th Grade Expectations & Procedures Letter: German I (HS Credit)  

Willkommen to 8th Grade German I (HS Credit)!

Dear Student and Parents:

Congratulations on choosing to take advantage of this unique opportunity to both broaden your

horizons as well as earn valuable high school credit! While we definitely have fun in this class, I it is

rigorous and moves at a fast pace; you should know that I have high expectations for you. Your

academic success, maturity level, and work ethic up to now along with the encouragement of your

parents and former teachers show you are ready though, so I am confident in your successful

completion of Level I German.

There will be ample opportunities for checks of your learning along the way before you are

responsible to show what you know for a test grade. At each three-week progress report mark, I will

be giving your child a self-improvement plan. Please ask your child about this and discuss how they

can use this to achieve the grade they desire; this plan is just one step in helping them learn to be

held accountable. Extra forms are always available in the 8th grade file just inside my door. On

evenings when no official homework is brought home, vocabulary can ALWAYS be practiced - even if

just for 10 minutes. I will not be collecting homework; however, I will be checking it for completion,

and we absolutely will be going over it so it is a key component of your success in learning German

that you have completed it on your own. We will talk about this (a lot) . . . you WILL make mistakes.

You are supposed to. It’s how you learn. Just do the homework anyway. How will you know if you

know how to do something if you don’t try? I encourage you to make flashcards, use post-it notes,

hang lists up on the mirror - whatever it takes to memorize that vocabulary in small chunks before it’s

too late and it becomes overwhelming. Much of Level I German involves vocabulary building!

Learning a foreign language is a lot like building blocks; in order to go up to the next step, a strong

foundation must be built. Your child’s strong foundation involves vocabulary - and lots of it!

Many students will undoubtedly go on to take four more years at the high school level and even

beyond. Taking a foreign language opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities in our ever changing

global world! Did you know that by 2020, the new definition of illiteracy will include a person, who can

only speak/read/write in one language? Our world is really changing, and your child is definitely

headed in the right direction! Students who have studied a foreign language have been consistently

placed out of their comfort zone, making them all the more comfortable with solving problems.

Flexibility equals more marketability in today’s global economy - good stuff!

I welcome your questions/concerns. Please feel free to contact me by way of school email

(Marshall_steph@hcde.org) or by school phone (423-238-5732 Ext. 242). The best times to reach me

are during my planning times from 8:55-9:35 and from 11:20-12:15. If I am not readily available, I will

make every effort to promptly reply to your call/email. You can also find updated information with

regard to my classes on my teacher page on omsowls.org.

Mit freundlichen Grü.en, (With friendly greetings,)

Frau Marshall

updated 8/2017


8th grade Welcome Letter (HS Prep/Non-HS Credit)  

Willkommen to 8th Grade German (HS Prep)!

Dear Student and Parents:

This is a new course being offered here at OMS this year. Rather than a yearlong course, it is a

semester long and is primarily designed to help prep students for learning a Level I foreign language

next year in high school. While we will be covering some of the same skills as the high school credit

German I course, it will be at a slower pace than the German I course and not as rigorous. Another

way this course is different is that we will be using the computer lab several days a week and logging

into an online German course (through Edgenuity). Students will be able to work at their own pace,

and I will be able to provide individualized support as needed. On the non-computer lab days,

students will be in my classroom and will have the opportunity to be engaged in communicative

activities where they will be able to put to use the skills with each other they have worked on

individually in the computer lab.

Two years of the same foreign language are required for graduation from high school here in TN.

While many students will choose to fulfill this minimum requirement, there will also be students who

choose to go on to take four more years at the high school level and even beyond. Taking a foreign

language opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities in our ever changing global world! Did you know

that by 2020, the new definition of illiteracy would include a person, who can only speak/read/write in

one language? Our world is really changing, and your child is definitely headed in the right direction!

Students who have studied a foreign language have been consistently placed out of their comfort

zone, making them all the more comfortable with solving problems. Flexibility equals more

marketability in today’s global economy - good stuff!

I welcome your questions/concerns. Please feel free to contact me by way of school email

(Marshall_steph@hcde.org) or by school phone (423-238-5732 Ext. 242). The best times to reach me

are during my planning times from 8:55-9:35 and from 11:20-12:15. If I am not readily available, I will

make every effort to promptly reply to your call/email. You can also find updated information with

regard to my classes on my teacher page on omsowls.org.

Mit freundlichen Grü.en, (With friendly greetings,)

Frau Marshall

updated 8/2017


8th Grade Welcome Letter: German I (HS Credit)  

Willkommen to 8th Grade German I (HS Credit)!

Dear Student and Parents:

Congratulations on choosing to take advantage of this unique opportunity to both broaden your

horizons as well as earn valuable high school credit! While we definitely have fun in this class, I it is

rigorous and moves at a fast pace; you should know that I have high expectations for you. Your

academic success, maturity level, and work ethic up to now along with the encouragement of your

parents and former teachers show you are ready though, so I am confident in your successful

completion of Level I German.

There will be ample opportunities for checks of your learning along the way before you are

responsible to show what you know for a test grade. At each three-week progress report mark, I will

be giving your child a self-improvement plan. Please ask your child about this and discuss how they

can use this to achieve the grade they desire; this plan is just one step in helping them learn to be

held accountable. Extra forms are always available in the 8th grade file just inside my door. On

evenings when no official homework is brought home, vocabulary can ALWAYS be practiced - even if

just for 10 minutes. I will not be collecting homework; however, I will be checking it for completion,

and we absolutely will be going over it so it is a key component of your success in learning German

that you have completed it on your own. We will talk about this (a lot) . . . you WILL make mistakes.

You are supposed to. It’s how you learn. Just do the homework anyway. How will you know if you

know how to do something if you don’t try? I encourage you to make flashcards, use post-it notes,

hang lists up on the mirror - whatever it takes to memorize that vocabulary in small chunks before it’s

too late and it becomes overwhelming. Much of Level I German involves vocabulary building!

Learning a foreign language is a lot like building blocks; in order to go up to the next step, a strong

foundation must be built. Your child’s strong foundation involves vocabulary - and lots of it!

Many students will undoubtedly go on to take four more years at the high school level and even

beyond. Taking a foreign language opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities in our ever changing

global world! Did you know that by 2020, the new definition of illiteracy will include a person, who can

only speak/read/write in one language? Our world is really changing, and your child is definitely

headed in the right direction! Students who have studied a foreign language have been consistently

placed out of their comfort zone, making them all the more comfortable with solving problems.

Flexibility equals more marketability in today’s global economy - good stuff!

I welcome your questions/concerns. Please feel free to contact me by way of school email

(Marshall_steph@hcde.org) or by school phone (423-238-5732 Ext. 242). The best times to reach me

are during my planning times from 8:55-9:35 and from 11:20-12:15. If I am not readily available, I will

make every effort to promptly reply to your call/email. You can also find updated information with

regard to my classes on my teacher page on omsowls.org.

Mit freundlichen Grü.en, (With friendly greetings,)

Frau Marshall

updated 8/2017


PG/PG-13 Movie Release  

VIEWING OF PG/ PG-13 MOVIE RELEASE

 

Often appropriate PG or PG-13 movies or sections of movies can be utilized effectively to enrich classroom instruction and accomplish identified objectives. If you give permission for your child to view such materials, you do not have to do anything. If you do NOT wish to grant permission for your child to view any PG or PG-13 movies or sections of PG or PG-13 movies identified by the teacher as effective in teaching the curriculum, please contact me via e-mail at Marshall_steph@hcde.org, or send a note in with your student. 

 

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 

 

 

Frau Marshall

 

 

 

Examples of movies/movie clips used:

 

·      Bridge of Spies (Berlin Wall Unit *7th grade - English)

 

·      National Treasure (Authentic Language Use *8th grade – German w/English Subtitles)

 

 


Curriculum Map  

 

Ooltewah Middle School

Content:    German                                          Teachers: Marshall

 

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

 

 

 

 

Essential Questions

 

 

 

 

How does German sound? What does it look like? Where is it spoken? How does the German language and culture compare to that of our own?

How do you communicate in German? What is the art/music/literature/geography of German speaking countries like?

How do you communicate in German? How does the grammatical structure of German differ from the English language? What is the culture of German speaking countries like?

 

 

 

CCSS

 

 

 

*Citing textual evidence

*Objective summaries

*Using contextual clues

*Nuances of words

*Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions

*Interpreting information presented in diverse media and formats

*Research & presentation

skills

*Adapting speech to a variety of contexts & tasks

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing

*Integrating visual information

*Clear and coherent writing

 

*Citing textual evidence

*Objective summaries

*Using contextual clues

*Nuances of words

*Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions

*Interpreting information presented in diverse media and formats

*Research & presentation

skills

*Adapting speech to a variety of contexts & tasks

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing

*Integrating visual information

*Clear and coherent writing

 

*Citing textual evidence

*Objective summaries

*Using contextual clues

*Nuances of words

*Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions

*Interpreting information presented in diverse media and formats

*Research & presentation

skills

*Adapting speech to a variety of contexts & tasks

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking

*Demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing

*Integrating visual information

*Clear and coherent writing

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

TN Standards

 

 

 

(Modern Languages)

1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2,5.1-5.2

*Communication

*Culture

*Connections

*Comparisons *Communities

(Modern Languages)

1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2,5.1-5.2

*Communication

*Culture

*Connections

*Comparisons

*Communities

(Modern Languages)

1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2,5.1-5.2

*Communication

*Culture

*Connections

*Comparisons *Communities

 

 

 

Units

 

 

 

Cognates, Greetings, Introductions, Grace Words, Alphabet, Numbers 0-20, Colors, Cultures, Currency, Geography and Flags of German Speaking Countries

Cognates, Greetings, Introductions, Expressions of Courtesy, Classroom Objects and Commands, Numbers 0-100, Geography and Culture of German Speaking Countries, Home and Family, Food, Art, Animals and Occupations

Introductions and Greetings, Grammar and Structure of the German Language, Home and Family, School, Numbers 0-1000, Geography and Culture of German Speaking Countries, Weather, Food, Interests, Clothing, Travel, Sequencing,

 

 

 

Assessments

(formative & summative)

 

 

 

Journals, Rubrics, Quizzes, Exit Tickets, Written/Oral Tests, Class Discussions, Choral & Individual Pronunciation, Games, Booklets/Fold-its, Written Reflections

Rubrics, Quizzes, Exit Tickets, Written/Oral Tests, Class Discussions, Choral & Individual Pronunciation, Games, Booklets/Fold-its, Written Reflections

Rubrics, Quizzes,

Exit Tickets, Written/Oral/Listening Tests, Class Discussions, Choral & Individual Pronunciation, On-the-spot Questioning in Target Language, Reading Comprehension Exercises, Games, Writing Activities

 

 

 

Anchor Task

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

Students will be using a narrative and a table to explain some of the cultural differences between American business owners and their German counterparts. Students will also be translating text they have not seen beforehand.

Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

OLWEUS (Anti-Bullying) Content

OLWEUS (Anti-Bullying) Content

N/A