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101 Aufsatz 3

Academic Integrity, Essays and Homework

This course is governed by the prevailing Codes of Student Conduct and of Academic Integrity of the University of Michigan and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA). All work submitted must be original student work produced for this course, with proper quotation and citation of the contributions of others. Violations of Academic Integrity will be taken seriously and can in serious cases result in a failing grade for the course and/or referral to the LSA Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education. Click here to see the official LSA pages on Academic Integrity, including a quiz on Academic Integrity.

The four essays you submit for this course are where this policy crucially applies. This means:

  • You may NOT get someone who is proficient in German to proofread your essay. We recognize that you can actually learn a lot from having someone look over your essay with you, but we have to enforce this rule in order to make the grading fair for everyone. It IS OK for you to ask your instructor, an instructor in the German Lab, or some other proficient speaker 3 or 4 specific questions on how to say something. If you do so, please put the relevant text in bold print in your essay and include a note at the end with the name of the instructor or peer who helped you. If the person who helped you is a UofM German instructor and s/he chooses to help you with more than 3 or 4 things, you may cite the additional items in the same way.
  • You may ONLY use an online dictionary or translator for single words and short phrases. When you do, please underline the relevant word or phrase and note the source you used at the end of your essay. Do this also when you use a paper dictionary. If you used multiple dictionary/translation resources, find a way to cite clearly which ones you used for what word/phrase. Note that online translators often produce noticeably absurd translations. The less you use them, the better your grade is likely to be!
    • It is normal (and good practice!) to look up the genders and plurals of nouns, and the conjugation patterns of verbs you use in your essay. You do NOT need to cite your use of online or paper dictionaries for this purpose!
    • We strongly encourage you to use a German spellchecker for your essays (and for your homework, and also for any spells you cast in German). You do NOT need to cite your use of this resource.
  • There is normally no need to consult any additional outside sources for the essays assigned in this course. If you do consult any additional resources not assigned in the course (e.g. wikipedia or other online sources), please cite them at the end of your essay, even if you did not quote from them directly. Put any direct quotes in quotation marks and cite the source with a footnote. Any format for the citation is acceptable if it allows your instructor to find the specific source.
  • ***If you have no sources to cite (you didn't look anything up in a dictionary, no one helped you, and you consulted no other sources), please write "I did not consult any outside sources for this essay :) " at the end!***
  • If in doubt, ASK your instructor before submitting your essay!!
  • ADVICE: The essay topics for this course are designed to let you practice using the language we have learned. Leaf through the course materials to find ideas. You can be very creative in this way, and you will learn much more from writing the essays. Applying something you have learned will "make it stick," much more than new words and phrases you look up. Looking up lots of new words and phrases for your essay means you will do more work, learn less, and (usually) get a lower grade!

Grading Rubrics

Click here to see the rubrics your instructor will use to grade your essay. This will give you a clearer idea of what to strive for in terms of content and language.


Aufsatz 3 Logistics:

  • 150 Wörter
  • Please DOUBLE SPACE your essay!
  • Please give a word count for your essay
  • Choose Thema 1 OR Thema 2 [Thema = topic]
    • NOTE: Both topics are intended to give you an opportunity to apply what you've learned about the past tense, and what you've learned generally in Kapitel 1-5!
  • Leaf through the book to look for ideas: you can be very creative with the language we've learned so far! [Do this when you prepare your test essays, too!] Try to avoid saying things you haven't learned the German for yet.
  • Do NOT write your essay in English and then translate it into German: this is very hard work, and produces very poor results!


Sie sind der kleine Tiger, der kleine Bär, Lola, Manni oder einer Person aus dem Film Lola rennt. Was haben Sie letzten Sommer gemacht?

Beginnen Sie Ihren Aufsatz so: "Ich bin der kleine Tiger / der kleine Bär / Lola / Manni / X aus dem Film Lola rennt. Letzten Sommer..."


  • Was haben Sie gemacht, gesehen, gegessen, getrunken, gespielt, gelernt, gekauft?
  • Wen haben Sie gesehen, kennen gelernt, geküsst?
  • Was haben Sie mit Freunden gemacht?
  • Waren Sie verliebt? Hatten Sie Liebeskummer?
  • Wo sind Sie gewesen? Wohin sind Sie gegangen? Haben Sie eine Reise gemacht?
  • Wie war das Wetter?
  • usw.


Stellen Sie sich vor [=imagine], Sie haben einen (romantischen??) Tag mit Lola und Manni / dem kleinen Bär und dem kleinen Tiger verbracht. Schreiben Sie einen Aufsatz über diesen Tag. Benutzen Sie Ihre Phantasie!


  • Wo waren Sie?
  • Was haben Sie mitgenommen? Warum?
  • Was haben Lola und Manni / der kleine Bär und der kleine Tiger mitgenommen?
  • Was haben Sie zusammen gemacht? Wie war es?
  • War es romantisch? Warum?
  • Waren Lola und Manni / der kleine Bär und der kleine Tiger sympathisch / sportlich / faul / fleißig / intelligent / dumm / kreativ / ...?
  • Möchten Sie Lola und Manni / den kleinen Bär und den kleinen Tiger
    wiedersehen? Wenn ja, was möchten Sie mit ihnen nächstes Mal machen?

Additional Advice For Aufsatz 3

1. See the advice for the second essay on how to avoid translating from English to German. You can now do more for the step where you "see if you can add anything else you've learned": in particular, you can now use the past tense, and you can connect sentences using the subordinating conjunctions "dass," "weil," and "ob." 

2. Click here for some additional advice regarding common errors in Aufsatz 3.


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