German 3a Final Study-Guide

German 3a ~ Here’s what you need to do & know:

  • Find each missing assignment in your binder and if you can’t find it, get a new copy from Mr. Megowan; I am not saying you have to do all of them right now, but at least find them all so you know you have them.
  • Do your missing work right now. If not now, when? Why wait?
  • Do your Dritte Hand review worksheet. You needed to sum up each chapter with a couple basic sentences.
  • Retakes are happening now! Retake your missing tests or tests with very low scores.
  • Recite the poem a few more times, just to be sure you know it. It will be on the Final. Your poem was Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • Review the written past tense of verbs that we learned during the first couple weeks. If you don’t know all the irregular ones, you will struggle on the Final. Do you know “nehmen” and “brauchen” and all the irregulars? I hope so. If not, study them now
  • Study the past tense of modals because they are easy but important.
  • What is up with those w-words we learned this trimester? How annoying are they? I agree. Still, we have to know the difference between each of the following: wurde, würde, war, wäre, will, werde, etc.
  • Practice your self-introduction more than just two or three times. Use the items from the checklist on the back of this page (see other side).

German 2a Final Study-Guide

German 2a ~ Here’s what you need to do & know to prepare for your final exam.

  • Find each missing assignement in your binder and if you can’t find it, get a new copy from Mr. Megowan; I am not saying you have to do all of them right now, but at least find them all so you know you have them.
  • Study the past tense of the 32 verbs (nehmen > habe genommen, etc.)
  • Retakes are happening now! Retake your missing tests or tests with very low scores
  • Work on your missing work including the “Everything Slideshow”
  • Review the Der-Die-Das materials; do you know who is doing the verb (nominative) and who is “getting verbed” (accusative) vs. the thing that is neither (dative)?
  • Review the Prepositions because these are important to the der-die-das; some are two-way prepositions (the nine) and some are set-in-stone regarding accusative and dative.
  • Review the Past Tense Verbs because if you don’t you are doomed on this Final.
  • Review the Fairytale Vocabulary because these words are basically the theme of this trimester’s Final.

German 1a Final Study-Guide

German 1a ~ Here’s what you need to do & know to get ready for your final exam.

  • Find each missing assignment in your binder and if you can’t find it, get a new copy from Mr. Megowan; I am not saying you have to do all of them right this second, but at least find them all so you know you have them.
  • Do your missing work today. If not now, when? Why wait?
  • Retakes are happening now! Retake your missing tests or tests with very low scores.
  • Recite the poem a few more times, just to be sure you know it. It will be on the Final. Your poem was Erntefest by Julius Sturm.
  • Study the verbs that we learned during the last couple weeks. If you don’t know all 32 of them, you will struggle on the Final. Do you know “nehmen” and “brauchen” and all the b-verbs? I hope so. If not, study them now
  • Study the verb rules because if you don’t know the following rules, you are going to get the whole written section wrong:
    • Drop the –en and add the correct ending
    • Never try to use “am –ing” or “are you –ing” in German
    • Form questions Shakespeare style by flipping the subject and verb
      • Are you going?= Goest thou? = Gehst du?
      • Do you play golf? = Playest thou golf? = Spielst du Golf?
    • Review the Foods and the Family words as well as the Possessive words such as mein, dein, sein, ihr, unser, euer, etc.
    • Do you remember the origin of the English language? That is going to be on the test for sure.
    • Practice your self-introduction more than just two or three times. Use the items from the checklist on the back of this page (see other side).

GERMAN EXCHANGE 2018

We had a lot of interest in the upcoming German Exchange. Sadly, not everyone who has applied can go with us this year. I want to thank everyone who applied (29 people!) and also wanted you to all know that this year’s selection will be the toughest yet! With bookings, chaperone ratios, housing, and most importantly, German host families, we simply can’t take everyone. But every kid who applied would have been a good participant, I’m sure!

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Class of 2017

I just wanted to let my seniors know how much I appreciated you guys! You were an amazing and special class! Good luck after graduation and send an email so I know how everyone is doing! — Megowan


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English 4 – What’s Up?

Are you wondering what you have to work on? Well, this would be a good start:

Step 1 – Retake the “English Mistakes” quizzes if you need to.

Step 2 – Other late work? See me for help. Don’t “wait until later” to do it.

Step 3 – Dystopia Stories. Seriously, this is a major project. You have to do it.

Step 4 – Read Fahrenheit 451 (Fun fact! This is going to be your midterm, so yeah, better read it.)

Step 5 – Read the excerpt from Collapse (it was a 7 page handout) because it is going to be your next writing work sample (see step 6).

Step 6 – Work on your persuasive essay about the following question — Do you think that it is worthwhile to spend money, time, resources, and energy studying past societies. Explain how and why we should or should not do this.

Step 7 – Check StudentVue to see if you are missing anything.

 

German 3A Final (Trimester 1)

Here are the most important things that are going to be on the 3A Final:

  1. You must recite the poem with a perfect accent. Do you know it by heart?
  2. Can you understand the written past tense forms of German verbs? Examples include: ging, lief, kaufte, fand, aß, besuchte, wohnte, verstand, bezahlte, liebte, sprach, nahm, brachte, brauchte, kam, bekam, fiel, sang, tanzte, trank, etc.
  3. Do you know the past tense of modals? Do you remember the following words: konnte, musste, wollte, wollte, durfte, and hätte verben sollen? Sollen is the only hard one. Just use these forms with any verb to make a modal past tense sentence.
  4. The German philosophers are important. After the Greeks, no other culture has contributed so much as the Germans in this are. Do you know about Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Mach, Freud, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and worst of all, Gödel?
  5. Do you know when to use war and when to use wurde in German? It isn’t as hard as you think. Just remember that wurde sentences can usually replace the “was” with “got” and still make sense. War sentences can’t do that. Here is an example: Ich wurde angehalten. = I was pulled over. = I got pulled over.
  6. Do you remember the der-die-das? It won’t be a very big section but you should try your best to work through it. It helps if you actually think about what is on the posters while you are doing it.
  7. Do you know the past tense of theoretical sentences such as I would have run and I would have bought a Mercedes? It isn’t as hard as you might think. Just replace the “bin” or “habe” helping verb with “wäre” and “hätte,” respectively.

English 1A Checklist

Are you working on your missing assignments and reading The Odyssey? If so, great! Here is a to-do list that you should keep in mind as you get started:

1) Check your grades online to see what you are missing.

2) Do all your missing work (or study for any retakes).

3) Read the Odyssey by Homer from page 756 to 824.

4) Fill out the Odyssey packet (four pages).

5) Fill in the map showing the route that Odysseus took on his journey.

Midterm Topics

Hey, are you studying for the midterm? If so, here are the topics you might want to look over.

German 1a – The origin of the English language; basic introductions and farewells; the verb “sein” & adjectives; and foods and modal verbs (used to request foods).

German 2a – The past tense; fairy tale vocabulary; past tense of modals; and the impact of subordinating conjunctions on word order.

German 3a – Written past tense; past tense of modals; Beowulf; separable prefixes (not much on this topic); and commands.

English 1a – You will read a story in class and then answer reading comprehension questions about it. You will also have a spelling test over the latest set of words (see below).

  • Rank (adj)
  • Mahogany (adj)
  • Careen (v)
  • Moon around (v)
  • Resurrection (n)
  • Waltz (v)
  • Iridescent (adj)
  • Infallibility (n)
  • Feverish (adj)
  • Precariously (adj)
  • Gilded (adj)
  • Heresy (n)