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Step 1: Introduce the Daily Objective

By the end of this class, students should be able to give some basic information about a series. 

Note: how much they can tell will be based on their incoming proficiency level.

New vocab that all students should pick up in this lesson:

Title, seasons/episodes, genres, etc.

Step 2: Question of the day

 Brainstorm: If you were talking about your favorite new series, what things would you talk about?

They might not have all the vocab at the beginning of the lesson to say exactly what they want, but this will give them a chance to show what they already know. 

Examples: name of the series, actors/actresses, genres, etc.


Step 3: Model how to find info about a series

Open www.TheMovieDB.org (or another movie database website) and change the language to German. 

You can let the class choose a series to investigate together or use one of the shows from the lesson yesterday.

 Show the screen and let them see what info they can figure out. 

You can ask questions along the way to guide them.  


Step 4: Independent investigation

Give learners a handout to collect info about another series. 

You can encourage them to look up a new one from the target culture OR let them choose their favorite series.

The hardest part with be explaining what the show is about. You may have to give them some sentences starters to help. 


The series is about… (who/what)

It takes place… (where/when).


Step 5: “Guess the series” game

Put students in teams (3-4 people) and give one whiteboard/marker to each group.

Have a random student come to the front of the class to give clues about their series – one clue at a time. 

Let teams listen to the information and guess the series by writing the title on a white board.

After the info has been shared, let each team show their guess on their whiteboard. 

If they are right, their team gets a point! 

The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. 

*note: Be ready with a few series descriptions of your own to mix in for the game. Students picks might be too predictable and your descriptions with likely be more challenging. 



For a bigger challenge, try 20 questions!

The class asks the questions, and the person can only give yes/no answers.  

Check for Learning

 Can they give basic info about a series?

Have them show what they know by writing it down (exit slip), coming to you 1-on-1 or recording a quick video. 

You can mark their “Objective Sheets” if they can do it at their proficiency target.

If they are using the “Unit Vocabulary Sheet,” give them time to write down what they learned today.

Extension Ideas

Encourage them to start looking at the options on their “Series” unit experiences.

Which ones look most interesting? What do they want to learn more about?


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