Welcome to German IV AP! In general, the course is organized by thematic units; some units focus on a book-length piece of literature while others center around a particular topic in German history or culture. All language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are addressed as students read about, discuss, and write about the current theme. In addition, we read short stories and do grammar and usage exercises from the book German in Review. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination. We practice AP-style speaking and writing tasks all year long and do an extensive review just before the exam is given in May.
Generally, there are two sets of themes: Curriculum “A” (2018-2019, 2020-2021, etc.) includes units on German reunification, the Berlin Wall, the classic youth novel Emil und die Detektive, classical music and composers, and a play (Die Physiker - The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt). Curriculum “B” (2019-2020, 2021-2022, etc.) includes units on the youth novel Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel (about a family and its pet pig), migration to Germany and its effects on the migrants and German society at large, the play Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the development of Berlin from the post-War period to the present, and the youth novel Pünktchen und Anton.
Students are required to complete an “Additional Project” from a list of suggestions each grading period. Approximately every three weeks, they also watch two videos from the Deutsche Welle website and complete a task related to each one.
Assessment is based on written tests, oral performance assessments, major writing assignments, and oral presentations (major grades) and on homework, quizzes, short writing assignments, the Deutsche Welle video tasks, and the Additional Projects (daily grades).