Beschreibe die Currywurst.

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This is a new lesson and the videos/articles have not been reviewed by a native speaker yet. Let us know if we need to replace one.

Targeted Phrases: it is, it has, best, currywurst, sausage, sauce, curry powder

Prep:

  • Download and print a vocabulary sheet.

Daily Objective

Introduce the daily objective. See if they can figure it out. Help them by using cognates, actions, or props (ketchup, spices, sausage, fries, etc).

Question/Intro

Introduce Currywurst and the main ingredients using the image. Take a look at the Wikipedia page. What else can they figure out about Currywurst. Get the conversation going! Have they eaten it? Would they eat it? What is it similar to?

Give them a vocabulary sheet to start categorizing new words. 

Opinions from social media

Currywurst is one of the most popular street foods in Germany. When something is really great – people like to talk about it. Let’s look at social media to see what people are saying about Currywurst.

Give students a minute or so to read over some of the tweets. According to these tweets, do you think these people like Currywurst or love it? What words support that opinion? Remind them to add new/important words to vocabulary sheet.

Practice/Jig Saw

First you will model what they will be doing. Show the video for Top 10 beste Currsywurst, specifically the part about Konnopeke’s Imbiß. Pick out what makes that Currywurst good – taste, sauce, price, etc. Note that on the board. Then go to the wikipedia site. Do the same. Now put together a description of Konnopke’s Imbiß and their Currywurst.

Put them to small groups. Assign a different place that sells Currywurst to each group. They will research it (YouTube, Websites, Wikipedia, etc) and take notes on what makes their Currywurst the best.

List of places to assign: https://www.top10berlin.de/en/cat/eating-257/currywurst-stalls-1259

Now assign them to a new group where they will explain why their place is the best.

Check for Learning

Mark/stamp their objective sheets if they can accomplish the lesson objective at their proficiency level.

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

Remind them to be working on their “Experiences,” especially if one relates to this objective.

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

Extension Ideas

Reference any relevant options on the “Experiences/Homework Sheet.”

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13 Comments

  1. Kara Parker

    Or maybe Reibekuchen?

  2. Maria Kehr-Raggay

    A few comments on this unit…

    As a native German speaker a couple of things stand out:

    On the ingredients list, it should be “das Currypulver” (the definite article should be neuter, not masculine – see German Duden dictionary https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Pulver).

    Also, “Straßenessen” is not really a term used in Germany. When you do a hashtag search with that on Instagram, you get hardly any results. “Imbiss” which stands for a light snack you can buy at a street food stall and eat on the go is more common, but still mainly used by older generations. German GenZ and Millenials use the term “Street Food” – see the official tourism website for Berlin talking about the street food offered in the city: https://www.visitberlin.de/de/street-food, they use the term “Street Food” in both the German and the English version of the article. “das Streetfood” also has its own entry in the German Duden Dictionary – https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Streetfood. (The Duden dictionary is in Germany what Merriam-Webster is in the US, and the Oxford English Dictionary in GB.)

    So, I think those terms should be amended to be as authentic as possible in teaching this unit.

    • Kara Parker

      Hello Maria and thank you for your insight! We ran this by 5 different German editors from different German-speaking areas, and everyone had a different answer. Let me do a bit more digging to see how I should update this.

  3. Amy C

    The video under “Beschreibe das Currywurst” does not work.
    How long is the presumed class period that this takes place in? We work on a block schedule (90 minutes every other day, rotating weeks).

    • Kara Parker

      Hello Amy! Is this the missing video for you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz1WqZ8lBYk I can see it on my page, so if that’s the missing one, then I’ll see if I can figure out why it’s not showing up for you.

      Each lesson is created to last 45-60 minutes depending on how in-depth you choose to complete each activity. If a lesson is longer or shorter, we’ll note that at the top of the teacher directions. Since you are on a block schedule, you can either do a lesson and a half or extend a lesson using the extension ideas or adding your own activities. The “Toolbox” has lots of ideas that are easy to add to any lesson.

      We’ve had teachers tell us the lessons take longer than that, and some say they are shorter. What are you finding?

      • Amy C

        Thanks for your response. I’m just seeing this today! The video you shared is also accessible on my page. It is under the “Besuche diese Webseite”. It is the next section, ” Beschreibe das Currywurst”. I’m not sure what the video should be, since I cannot access it at all. I am going to begin sampling this unit this week, so I will let you know how long it takes me for a lesson!

        • Kara Parker

          Oh! Sorry I read that too quickly. So that is a music video just for fun. 🙂 Herbert Grönemeyer “Currywurst” https://youtu.be/Jlb_5QSBNBQ There are different versions if you search that.Odd that it’s blocked for you… maybe a school filter? Anyways, I’ll start looking for another version!

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