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SHAKESPEARE CD-ROM:

Much Ado About Shakespeare
including
biographical background
Full texts of Comedies, Tragedies, Romances, Histories
Poetry, Sonnets
Gallery (Music, Art, Narration)

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Note: 
   1.  You can just scroll down and look at all the offers, or you can click on a title (or the heading) in the following table, which will take you directly to the respective worksheets...
   2.  KLAUSUR = German test paper, GK = Grundkurs/Elementary Course, LK = Leistungskurs/Advanced Course

ABI = Zentralabitur NRW


 

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NICHT ZU FASSEN

 

 

26 deutsche
und 10 englische Rezensionen
von nicht existierenden Büchern
mit dem jeweiligen
fiktiven Titelbild in Farbe
 
- 123 Seiten -

erschienen am 1.12.2009

ISBN: 978-3-00-029514-0

Preis: 10 € - versandkostenfrei

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 GENERAL
  1. characterization in a play (I): direct vs indirect (diagram)
  2. characterization (II): the dramatic/indirect method 
    (creative writing & playing  -  pre-reading activity)
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed a certain play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

GENERAL BUNDLE: 1 Euro (just 33 Cents each)

 

A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

  1. Creative writing: before analysing the play students are asked to create a short scene on the basis of the strange title of the play
  2. useful expressions for analysing this play - with solutions
  3. characterization through setting: introductory stage directions regarding the setting and the conclusions the audience is supposed to draw
  4. Unfulfilled competing dreams: a diagram representing the dreams of the main characters - with solutions
    (turned out to be very useful for group work)
  5. Mama's plant: symbolism in the play - a diagram with solutions
  6. How to write a summary: Act I, scene 2 - with detailed instructions & model solution (essay)
  7. How to write a summary: Act II, scene 1 - with model solution (notes)
  8. A turning point: II,1: "She went out and she bought you a house"
    diagram representing Ruth and Walter's reactions - with solution
  9. Black English: deviations from Standard English
    a table supposed to be filled in by the students (on the basis of II,2)
  10. GK KLAUSUR (test): an extract from the play with 4 assignments, plus solutions
  11. GK KLAUSUR (test): 3 assignments and a short quote from the play
  12. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about the plot of this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  13. Watching the 1961 feature film starring Sidney Poitier:
    info about cast & characters and assignments concerning the film as opposed to the play
  14. 14 assignments concerning interesting aspects of the play -
    useful e.g. for homework, tests, etc
  15. Detour/relaxation: racial discrimination in a serious play vs. racial discrimination in a funny action film: a diagram contrasting Raisins with the opening scene of Die Hard III (Bruce Willis in Harlem with a sandwich board saying "I HATE NIGGERS")
  16. Detour II: vocab quiz: words rhyming with sun, nun (and none!) -
    table with solutions
  17. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  18. 14 (fourteen) different covers of Raisin in the Sun  (books, films, posters) -
    these direct links provide interesting material for a discussion, a talk, a Facharbeit, etc
  19. Creative writing: YO, MR. LINDNER
    A hip hop song I wrote which was inspired by a discussion in class about the modern film version starring the rapper P. Diddy. Here's the first verse:
     
       Yo, Mr Lindner
       you the Welcomin' Committee?
       well, I'm telling ya get out
       cos my name is P. Diddy.

PS:   I strongly recommend buying the classic film version of the play starring Sidney Poitier and/or the modern version starring P. Diddy (both available on DVD)

RAISIN BUNDLE: 3,90 Euros (less than 21 Cents each)

 
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
  1. useful expressions for analysing this play - with solutions
  2. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about the plot of this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

STREETCAR BUNDLE: 1 Euro (just 33 Cents each)


 Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy
(Niedersachsen Klasse 12 Pflichtlektüre)

  1. worksheet: plot diagram (with solution)
  2. useful expressions for analysing this play - with solutions
  3. Klausur LK - test (advanced course)
  4. Klausur GK - test (elementary course)
  5. The "blackmail" scene in the film version (worksheet + SOLUTION)
    (Daisy walks, neighbours watch, Hoke drives along, thus forcing her to get into the car)
  6. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  7. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about the film version of this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  8. Detour: Flower Power - a worksheet concerning the names of flowers, e.g. daisy (Gänseblümchen), etc - with solutions

PS:   I do recommend buying the film version of the play starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy (available on DVD)!

MISS DAISY BUNDLE:  2,80 Euros (just 35 Cents each)


 Priestley, An Inspector Calls

  1. Creative writing: before analysing the play students are asked to create a short scene on the basis of the title of the play
  2. useful expressions for analysing this play - with solutions
  3. Klausur GK (I) - test (elementary course)
  4. Klausur GK (II) - test (elementary course)
  5. fake summary (act I) - supposed to be corrected by the students
    ( + solution)
  6. Dramatic irony: "The Titanic - absolutely unsinkable" (Mr Birling) -
    a useful diagram
  7. Act III: "No suicide" -> reactions from Mr/Mrs Birling vs Sheila/Eric -
    a diagram
  8. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  9. Detour: tricky pronunciation: all words ending in -all - e.g. call - rhyme with all - except one! (shall) - table with solutions
  10. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

INSPECTOR BUNDLE:  3 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

  
Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing
  1. Elizabethan English: A useful worksheet referring to several typical examples taken from act I/scene 1, referring to the choice of words (e.g. hath vs has, I pray you) and "violations" of grammar (Don Pedro is approached vs has approached, pick out mine eyes) - with solutions
  2. A useful table referring to Kenneth Branagh's film version
    The film version is much shorter, plus it differs from the play proper, e.g. regarding the chronology of scenes. 
    This table is an attempt at showing the main differences of the second part of the film. It can for example be helpful if you introduce group work after III/2
  3. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  5. Detour: vocab quiz: What English and German words rhyme with much ? (e.g. touch and Quatsch!) -
    table with solutions

MUCH ADO BUNDLE: 1,50 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

NOTE: In Sept 2011 we watched a fascinating production of this play at the Globe Theatre in London. A DVD of this LIVE performance has now been released. It is available at the  GLOBE .
It is so good that I believe it is preferable to Kenneth Branagh's version, both because of the cast and the authentic Globe setting.

 

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Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
 
(also using the utterly amazing production of the San Francisco American Conservatory Theatre - available on video/DVD - see note below)

  1. Shakespeare on the Internet (worksheet für gezielte Internet-Suche)
  2. Who is Who in The Taming of the Shrew? - a very useful diagram
  3. Towards the end of act I: fill in the blanks - a kind of summary concerning the main characters and the Elizabethan background (with solutions)
  4. II/1  Petruchio meets Kate: enhancing the comic effects of the play (refers to the American Conservatory Theatre video)
  5. Just for fun/interpreting exercise: a German news clipping describing a real situation similar to Gremio's "bad breath scene" (on the video)
  6. IV/5 Writing a summary of a scene - with solution
  7. IV/5 The Sun and the Moon scene: asking students to create (missing) stage directions (refers to the video/DVD)
  8. Elizabethan English - typical examples from the play
  9. Klausur/test: the Sun and the Moon scene (1 assignment refers to the video)
  10. Klausur/test: II/1 She broke the lute to me
  11. creative writing: iambic pentameter - heroic couplet
  12. "I know you have a stomach": an exercise concerning the word field "eating"
  13. Kate's final speech: a critic's view & assignment
  14. creative writing I: rewriting the ending of the play in the form of a news story
  15. creative writing II: originally the term shrew refers to a mouse-like animal (no kidding!)
    -> info plus assignment for writing a (humorous) short story about such a shrew
  16. Detour: 2 rhyming quizzes: a. shrew rhyme words  b. tame rhyme words - with solutions
  17. Opinion Poll

SHREW BUNDLE: 3,90 Euros (less than 23 Cents each)

   A PERSONAL NOTE:    I - being just an English teacher here in Germany  - am in no way affiliated with the American Conservatory Theatre; therefore I can honestly say this:
   If you intend to do SHREW in class, do buy that video or the DVD - you cannot possibly make a mistake. I am sure Shakespeare himself  would have loved it. Simply thinking of certain scenes while typing this makes me chuckle again...

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Willy Russell, Educating Rita

  1. Klausur LK - test (advanced course)
  2. Klausur GK - test (elementary course)
  3. useful expressions for analysing this play - with solutions
  4. II/1: tasks for group work
  5. II/3: The letter to the rector
  6. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  7. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

PS:   I do recommend buying the film version of the play starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters (available on DVD)

RITA BUNDLE:   2,50 Euros (just 36 Cents each)

 
Sam Shepard, True West

  1. assignments for reading the first act (plus introductory stage directions)
  2. introductory stage directions: diagram: main characters' outward appearance 
    -> contrast/conflict   (with solutions)
  3. worksheet: watching the exposition (scene 1) in the John Malkovich/Gary Sinise video of the play (highly recommended!)
  4. worksheet: how to write a summary of scene 3 ( & solution)
  5. characterization through language level: analysing Lee's highly colloquial/slangy/vulgar language (scene 4) - group work
  6. Before the ordeal/test: revision
  7. GK Klausur (test): extract from scene 5
  8. three highly unusual/interesting assignments for the student ("Comment on...") which could easily be used in a test/Klausur
  9. Detour: rhyming quiz: what rhymes with true ? - table with solutions
  10. Opinion poll: having analysed the play, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  11. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this play by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
     
TRUE WEST BUNDLE: 3 Euros  (just 28 Cents each)

 
Alan Ayckbourn, Countdown

  1. Klausur & detaillierter Erwartungshorizont (test & expected answers) (1 Euro)

 
David Campton, Table Talk

  1. Klausur & detaillierter Erwartungshorizont (1 Euro)
 

NOVEL

 
 
GENERAL
  1. POINTS OF VIEW: a very useful diagram distinguishing between the most important povs used in novels
  2. Analysing the blurb/back cover of a novel
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed a certain novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  4. POINT OF VIEW II: Ich war Jimis Lieblingsplektrum
    A playful (possibly silly) attempt at getting students acquainted with the first-person point of view
    This is in fact an extract from my book  Nicht zu fassen: 36 Rezensionen von Büchern die nie geschrieben wurden. It is the review of a fictitious autobiography allegedly written by Jimi Hendrix' favourite flatpick.
    It could also be used to make students realize that getting creative might actually be fun ...

GENERAL NOVEL BUNDLE: 1,40 Euro (just 35 Cents each)

 

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About a Boy (Nick Hornby) - (also useful for the film version)
  1. Describing the layout of the back cover - with solutions
  2. BUY ME! Analysing techniques of persuasion employed on the back cover and in the blurb - with solutions
  3. the basic plot - a useful diagram
  4. funny fake summary of the plot - supposed to be corrected by the students (with solutions)
  5. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  6. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  7. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel and/or the film, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  8. Partner work for the film version: "Imagine you are Roger Ebert, the most famous film critic on the internet. You had been invited to be one of the few who could watch this movie before it was officially released. ..."
    detailed assignments for a talk between Ebert and a friend of his - useful for a "realistic" dialogue concerning various aspects of this film  

BOY BUNDLE:  2,40 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain - aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

  1. (extract from chapter 1:) The Widow Douglas trying to "civilize" Huck -
    Klausur + detaillierter Erwartungshorizont (aspects of "civilizing" Huck - language level - opinion) (test & expected answers)
    (1 Euro)
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  4. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text concerning major themes of this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  5. Detour: rhyming quiz: what rhymes with Finn ? - table with solutions

HUCK BUNDLE: 2,30 Euros

Note: The complete text of this famous novel can now be downloaded at project gutenberg !

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A Time to Kill (John Grisham)
based on the Longman Penguin Reader Level 5 (upper intermediate), 89 pages - ISBN: 0582364108
NOTE: There is a new edition whose ISBN is 978-1-4058-8255-2 . It comprises more pages, but the pages with the text itself are IDENTICAL.

  1. Klassenarbeit 10 (class test)
  2. "Buy Me!" - analysing the front cover of the Penguin Reader - with solutions
  3. The back cover/blurb: too much information given away??
  4. crime & punishment: useful words (blanks + solutions)
  5. Jake Brigance: introducing the main character (pp.4-5) - with solutions
  6. Foreshadowing revenge (chapter 2, pp.6-8): clues in the text - with solutions
  7. chapter 3: a very difficult case ( + solutions)
  8. up to chapter 9: questions concerning characters & development
  9. chapter 12: Enter Ellen Roark, a deus (dea!) ex machina ( + solutions)
  10. "authentic" dialogue: identifying colloquial English ( + solutions)
  11. 2 assignments & answers: a terrible pun and a surprising statement from the deputy
  12. Before the ordeal/test: Revision worksheet
  13. alternative class test
  14. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  15. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)

TIME-KILL BUNDLE: 3,90 Euros (just 26 Cents each)

NOTE: I do recommend watching the film version after analysing the novel (starring Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel Jackson & Kevin Spacey)
 

 

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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

  1. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  2. exposition (first line of the novel): "A squat grey building ..." - 
    a somewhat unusual approach concerning this line and the fact that setting creates a certain atmosphere, also featuring a shoe box (!) and the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco
  3. chapter 1: contents questions
  4. group work: detailed instructions concerning chapters 4-13
  5. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  6. Detour: rhyming quiz: what rhymes with new ? - table with solutions
    (there are actually more than 30 monosyllabic rhyme words!)

BRAVE NEW BUNDLE: 2 Euros (just 33 Cents each)
 

 

 
Cal  (Bernard MacLaverty)

  1. UNIQUE WORKSHEET: MacLaverty's "alternative" happy ending -
    In 1991 at a Fachtagung, after a discussion between teachers of the rather sad ending of the novel, the author himself, who was present, spontaneously wrote down a cliche ending to ironically satisfy our longing for a positive outcome of the novel  
    (scan of what MacLaverty wrote - could easily be used in a discussion) (1 Euro)
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

CAL BUNDLE:  1,50 Euros

 

 

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Catcher in the Rye, The  (J.D. Salinger)

Absolutely free of charge, of course: all the material on my somewhat comprehensive  CATCHER Site
  1. plot diagram ( + solution)
  2. fake summary (very funny + useful) + solutions
  3. symbolism ( & solutions)
  4. "I have a lousy vocabulary": Holden's language level (group work)
  5. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about Phoebe, Stradlater, and Ackley,  by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  6. creative writing: students are asked to create a news story based on the "fuck you" incident at Phoebe's school - with instructions
  7. creative drawing/painting/photographing  #1: 3 pieces of art (well, sort of) I created, referring to D.B., Ossenburger, and the ducks
    can be used as a basis for a discussion and/or to induce students to create something themselves
  8. creative drawing/painting/photographing  #2: 2 pieces of art (well, kind of) I created, referring to the kings in the back row and the cab driver
    can be used as a basis for a discussion and/or to induce students to create something themselves
  9. Detour: How many words rhyme with RYE ? - table with solutions (there are at least 28!)
  10. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
CATCHER BUNDLE: 3 Euros (just 30 Cents each)
 

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Dear Nobody  (Berlie Doherty)

  1. Klausur (test)
  2. January: fake summary ( + solutions)
  3. summary: Chris's and Tom's bike tour
  4. Novel into film: review (to be written by the student)
  5. detour: dear (adj.), tear (n.) vs. tear (v.): tricky pronunciation  -  words ending in -ear either rhyme with clear or with wear (or both!)  - table with solutions
  6. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  7. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  8. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel

DEAR NOBODY BUNDLE:   2,80 Euros (35 Cents each)

 

 

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Fahrenheit 451   (Zentralabitur NRW)

  1. "Montag meets a curious girl" - homework assignment & possible solutions based on the double meaning of "curious"
  2. Typical aspects of this dystopia/future society: a list with solutions & page references (in part I of the novel)
  3. The sieve and the sand: symbolism in part II - diagram with solutions
  4. Points of view - a diagram with special reference to this novel
  5. extract from an interview with Bradbury about Fahrenheit451 and the McCarthy era - with assignments
  6. Ray Bradbury talks about his novel (interview on the DVD): 
    questions concerning interesting bits and pieces related by the author , plus solutions (listening comprehension)
    NOTE:   I do not exactly recommend Truffaut's film version, but I do recommend the interview!
  7. Watching Truffaut's film version after reading the novel: infos and assignments
  8. 12 assignments concerning interesting aspects of the film version -
    useful e.g. for homework, etc
  9. KLAUSUR I  Grundkurs (test - elementary course)
  10. KLAUSUR II  Grundkurs (test - elementary course)
  11. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  12. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

FAHRENHEIT BUNDLE:  3,60 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 

 

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FALLING MAN (Don DeLillo)

NOTE: I recommend showing extracts from the documentary DVD  9/11  by the French brothers Naudet who happened to be making a film about NYC firefighters when the towers were struck.
I also strongly recommend the 9/11 documentary
FALLING MAN on youtube.

  1. BUY ME! Analysing techniques of persuasion used on the back cover and in the blurb of the Scribner edition
    Can also be contrasted with the CVK or other editions
  2. The main characters in the novel - a useful diagram
  3. point of view - a useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  4. In Nokomis: Hammad's 2 problems & Amir's cynical "solutions" - a diagram with solutions (useful for partner/group work)
  5. 5 subplots - worksheet with instructions (group work) concerning interesting subplots/developments, e.g. "The Affair", "Playing Poker"
  6. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about this novel by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (sometimes funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text
    You can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms; or you can ask students to rewrite that awful translation)
  7. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  8. Detour: "Falling Man" - a poem I wrote based on phrases used in the 9/11 Falling Man documentary - with assignments
  9. A map of the 5 boroughs of New York. Students are supposed to find out the names - and they should be able to find out why the pronunciation of Staten Island is very tricky
    with solutions

FALLING MAN BUNDLE: 2,70 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 

  
Forrest Gump  (Winston Groom)

  1. introductory paragraph: assignments, annotations - plus detaillierter Erwartungshorizont (content - language level - opinion) (1 Euro)
    also interesting when compared with the film version
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this novel
  3. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about the plot of the film Forrest Gump by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel (or the film), students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

GUMP BUNDLE: 1,80 Euros

 

 

 

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Graduate, The   (Charles Webb)   (see also film)

  1. worksheet: examples of American English (from the novel)
  2. Klausur GK (test)
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  4. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a short text about Charles Webb and his attitutude towards the film version by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)

GRADUATE NOVEL BUNDLE: 1,40 Euros (just 35 Cents each)

GRADUATE NOVEL & FILM BUNDLE:  2,40 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 

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Green Mile, The   (Stephen King)  (see also film version)

  1. Multiple Choice Test (parts 1-3)
  2. Content: page by page (for the teacher, key words on 11(!)  pages)
  3. diagram: constellation of characters
  4. first-person point of view (blackboard diagram)
  5. language level: colloquial/slangy/vulgar A.E. -> authentic, sounds "true" (blackboard diagram)
  6. language level: group work  
  7. the mouse: analysis of pp.58ff. ( & SOLUTIONS) ( + white rabbit drawing from Alice in Wonderland)
  8. King's use of similes: pp.264/65
  9. Things aren't quite what they seem on the Mile ( & SOLUTIONS)
  10. John Coffey - a Christ figure (table with solutions)
  11. Klausur GK (test)
  12. fourteen interesting assignments concerning the novel and/or the film version -
    could be used in a test, Facharbeit, lecture, etc
  13. Opinion poll: having analysed the novel, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
GREEN MILE NOVEL BUNDLE: 3,20 Euros (just 25 Cents each)
 

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SHORT STORY

 
 
GENERAL
  1. POINTS OF VIEW: a very useful diagram distinguishing between the most important povs used in short stories
  2. Opinion poll: having analysed a certain short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

GENERAL SHORT STORY MINI BUNDLE: 70 Cents

 


Nightmare in Gray (Fredric Brown)

  1. assignments & detaillierter Erwartungshorizont for this famous short short story (1 Euro)
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story
  3. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

NIGHTMARE BUNDLE: 1,50 Euros

 

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Roald Dahl: Lamb to the Slaughter

  1. creative writing: news story assignment: "Police eat up murder weapon"
  2. 3 different homework assignments
  3. crime story vs. detective story: a comparison between the structure of the short story and the film version - plus detailed solution
  4. detour: tricky words ending -mb (drop the b!) (e.g. lamb, dumb) - (table + solutions)
  5. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  6. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of this short story by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  7. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story

LAMB  BUNDLE:   2,45 Euros (just 35 Cents each)

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Shirley Jackson: The Lottery

  1. The atmosphere at the beginning of the story: misleading clues
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story
  3. KLAUSUR (test)
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

LOTTERY BUNDLE: 1,40 Euro (just 35 Cents each)

 

 


SAKI (HECTOR HUGH MUNRO): THE OPEN WINDOW
  1. A three-peak plot: useful diagram
  2. second reading: discovering new/humorous/double meanings when reading the short story a second time
  3. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of this famous short story by a translation programme.
    Very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn. - You can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  5. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story

SAKI BUNDLE: 1,75 Euros (just 35 Cents each)

 

 
James Thurber: Fables

  1. The Very Proper Gander: Klausur (test) + detaillierter Erwartungshorizont   (1 Euro)
  2. The Very Proper Gander: How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of this fable by a translation programme.
    Very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn. - You can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms
    Of course, you can also ask your students to come up with a decidedly better translation ...
     
  3. The Bears and the Monkeys: Klausur (test)
  4. The Bears and the Monkeys: develoment from natural freedom to unnatural oppression etc - a useful diagram
  5. The Bears and the Monkeys: detour: bear (noun, verb), tear (n.) vs. tear (v.): tricky pronunciation  -  words ending in -ear either rhyme with clear or with wear (or both!)  - table with solutions
     
  6. The Rabbits Who Caused All the Trouble: Klausur (test)
  7. The Rabbits: vocabulary worksheet
  8. The Rabbits: an interesting assignment concerning the ending of the fable -
    with notes
  9. The Rabbits: another interesting assignment concerning the wolves' earthquake "theory" - 
    with diagram
  10. The Rabbits: How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of this fable by a translation programme.
    Very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn. - You can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms
     
  11. An unusual & interesting assignment concerning the question whether Thurber fables are suitable for small children (refers to any Thurber fable)
  12. Opinion poll: having analysed (one of) the fables, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
     
  13. The Bears and the Moles: my own feeble attempt at writing a fable in the style of Thurber, also paying homage to the great humorist
    Here is the beginning:
       One night two bears arrived at the Pear Tree Pub, which is a cute little pub in a tiny village in Cornwall. All day they had been stealing honey and buns from nearby cottages, and so they decided to have a few beers.
       Two moles named McCarthy and MacCormac saw the honey jars and the buns on the cart which the bears had parked behind the pub. Being very interested in these items but unable to steal them because the bears had secured them with chains, the moles decided on a different approach. ...

FABLE BUNDLE: 3,50 Euros

 

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James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  1. Linking elements between the daydreams + reality (a diagram)
  2. a. functions of the linking elements 
    b. links between the daydreams
  3. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  5. Detour #1: life -> lives, shelf -> shelves: words with irregular plural:  f -> ves
    table with solutions
  6. Detour #2: "You miserable cur!" rhyming quiz for advanced learners: words rhyming with cur, sir, myrrh (!), etc
    table with solutions
  7. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of the film version of this short story by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)

WALTER MITTY BUNDLE: 2,10 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart

  1. "True!" - Clues in the text showing that TTH seems to be a spoken text, i.e. the reader becomes a partner in a "dialogue"
  2. structure of the short story - a diagram
  3. How does the narrator unwillingly/unconsciously reveal his madness?  
    Clues in the text
  4. Surprise ending?? Clues foreshadowing the ending
  5. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  6. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" of a summary of this short story by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  7. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story
  8. Detour: vocab quiz - words rhyming with tell -
    table with solutions

TELL TALE BUNDLE:   2,80 Euros (just 35 Cents each)

 

 

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HANIF KUREISHI: My Son the Fanatic
  1. A very short summary of this short story - with blanks supposed to be filled in by the students (with solutions)
  2. point of view - a very useful diagram showing which of those povs that can basically be used in narrative texts is employed in this short story
  3. MY SON THE FANATIC vs EAST IS EAST (EAST IS EAST worksheets): comparing the short story with the film in regard to the clash of cultures
    MY SON THE FANATIC: father: adapted to Western culture - son: strict Muslim
    EAST IS EAST: father: strict Muslim - sons/daughter: adapted to Western culture
    a diagram (with solutions)
    NOTE: If you don't have the time to watch the whole film you can just focus on 2 or 3 scenes, e.g. the arranged wedding, the circumcision scene, the violent clash between George and Tariq, etc
  4. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  5. How dumb can you get? - an almost incomprehensible German "translation" concerning biographical information about Kureishi by a translation programme.
    Students are supposed to guess what the text means (very funny, also revealing that translation programmes still have a lot to learn) - with original text (you can, if you wish, also discuss reasons why these programmes fail in so many cases - e.g. because they cannot differentiate between homonyms)
  6. Detour #1: Which words rhyme with son ?! (There are at least 16!) - table with solutions
  7. Detour #2: Which words rhyme with fan ?! (There are about 14 - but some don't, e.g. swan!) - table with solutions
  8. Detour #3: Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, is a famous singer-songwriter plus a prominent convert to Islam, which provides an interesting real background to the short story.  
    This worksheet is supposed to be handed to a student who wants to give a talk about the man. It provides instructions what to focus on, e.g. Cat Stevens' comments on the controversy regarding Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.

FANATIC BUNDLE: 2,40 Euros (just 30 Cents each)

 

 

 

 

 

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Fredric Brown: Earthmen Bearing Gifts

  1. assignments + detaillierter Erwartungshorizont (sehr gut bei dieser science fiction short story: surprise ending bzw. punch line) (1 Euro)
  2. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
  3. detour: bear (v.), tear (n.) vs. tear (v.): tricky pronunciation  -  words ending in -ear either rhyme with clear or with wear (or both!)  - table with solutions

EARTHMEN BUNDLE:  1,50 Euros

 

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Bill Brown: The Star Ducks

  1. writing a summary of a (science fiction) short story:
    - write a summary in 60-70 words (plus solution)
    - write a summary in 20 (!) words (plus solution)
  2. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion
 

 

 
Bernd Wahlbrinck: Failure

  1. This is no worksheet, but a science fiction short short story written by myself. In my humble opinion, it is worth 40 cents ;-)
    It has only got 106 words - what can you do with it?
    a. you can read it just for fun
    b. you can analyse it as an example of a punch line / surprise ending
    c. you can analyse it as an example of the importance of point of view
    d. you can use it in a test or a Klausur because it is a complete short story and because there is a lot in it, in spite of its shortness
    Here is the beginning:
       The spaceship had orbited the planet for two days. Dozing lazily in his seat, the captain was suddenly awakened by the exo-biologist.   "Well, what have you found out?", he said with a look of expectancy. 
       The exo-biologist hesitated slightly. ...
  2. Creative writing: An incredibly inadequate translation of this short short story into German by a translation programme is supposed to induce students to chuckle and write a better one. Here is the amazing first sentence:
       Das Raumschiff hatte den Planeten für zwei Tage in Umlauf gebracht.

FAILURE BUNDLE: 1 Euro

 

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Anonymous: The Shortest Science Fiction Story Ever Told

  1. A very (very!) short short story which is supposed to induce creative students to invent events leading up to it (not an open ending for a change, but an amazingly open beginning) - with assignments
 

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Wayland Young: The Choice

  1. A very short science fiction story with a remarkable open ending - with assignments
  2. Opinion poll: having analysed the short story, students are asked (on the basis of a rating system) to tick off their opinion

CHOICE BUNDLE: 70 Cents

 
 

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  5. Sobald das Geld auf meinem Konto ist, erhalten Sie UMGEHEND per Email die Arbeitsblätter in der Anlage als Word-Dokument.
How does this work?
  1. You select worksheets referring to one or more themes which you would like to order.
  2. You send me an email in which you name them (e.g. Catcher 1,2, / Daisy 3,4,5 / Beckham Bundle)
  3. I send you an email on the same day, telling you the total sum to be transferred (which you can, of course, figure out for yourself beforehand), and my bank account.
  4. You transfer the money - if you wish by using (with PAYPAL the money is transferred within MINUTES, thus you will get the worksheets on the same day, too!)
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  • Word-Dokument kann jederzeit verändert, formatiert werden, etc
  • das Angebot wird ständig erweitert
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For you:

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  • ordering specific worksheets instead of whole books
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  • word document can directly be saved, printed, and copied
  • word document can always be changed, formatted, etc
  • range of worksheets continually growing
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