The students in 8th grade will bridge past grammar of adjectives, verb conjugation and syntax with new grammar such as modal verbs and vocabulary of world countries, languages and people to help them look further out into the world, form objective opinions through comparative speech and begin to discover what language they will choose for high school and hopefully, their exchange through the future tense. We will read stories of prominent German-speaking men and women well-known and not, who all made a significant mark in the history of the world, musically, scientifically and politically. We look at the dative case-Dativ again in connection with indirect objects--an aspect they learn in 7th and 8th grade English grammar lessons. We continue improving our conversational skills, as well as writing through summaries and brief descriptions. Other adoloscent/8th grade relevant and interesting topics of language we will learn are how to tell a joke, appropriate slang and how to write a birthday card to a friend.
The 8th graders begin the year in their first German block which lasts until mid-October. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour.
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