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102 Aufsatz 1

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 1 Logistics:

  • 200 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 we've learned in Kapitel 7 & 8!
    • If these topics don't appeal to you, please discuss alternatives with your instructor, such as writing about a German book you've been reading, or about an interesting German website etc.
  • 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 auf eine Party gegangen.  Schreiben Sie, was Sie getan haben und was passiert ist. Ideen:

  • Wo war die Party? In München? Ann Arbor? Panama? Graceland? In Marthas Restaurant?
  • Was haben Sie vor der Party gemacht? (sich rasiert, sich geduscht, sich angezogen, sich die Zähne geputzt.....). 
  • Was haben Sie auf der Party gemacht? (getanzt, gesprochen, getrunken, geraucht...) 
  • Wer war auf der Party? Mit wem haben Sie gesprochen? Worüber [=about what] haben Sie gesprochen? [==> Wir haben über _______ gesprochen] 
  • Ist eine Katastrophe passiert?
  • War es eine gute Party?  Warum (nicht)? 
  • Was haben Sie nach der Party gemacht?


Was hat Anna bis jetzt [=until now] in Deutschland gemacht? Ideen:

  • Was hat Anna in Tübingen gemacht? War sie in Restaurants, Cafés? War sie in der Apotheke, auf der Post, auf der Bank? Was hat sie da gemacht? Ist sie oft auf den Markt gegangen, in die Bäckerei, zum Supermarkt, in ein Reformhaus? Was hat sie da gekauft? War sie in der Disco, im Theater, in der Oper? Was hat sie da gemacht/gesehen? Wann/Mit wem?
  • War sie krank? Hatte sie oft Durchfall? Hat sie sich erkältet? Hat sie sich das Bein oder den Arm gebrochen? Wann/Wie oft?
  • Wohin ist sie gereist?
    • War sie in Stuttgart oder München [Siehe Kapitel 7 Brennpunkt Kultur!]?
    • War Sie in Berlin [Siehe 365 Dinge...!]?
    • Ist sie mit dem Flugzeug, mit der Bahn, mit dem Bus usw. gefahren?
    • Wann, und wie lange?
    • Was hat sie da gemacht? Wann und wie lange?
  • Hat sie ein Fußballspiel (Basketballspiel/Eishockeyspiel/Tennisturnier...) gesehen? Wann? Ist sie mit dem Bus/mit der U-Bahn/mit dem Fahrrad/mit dem Motorrard [mit/ohne Helm??] zum Stadion gefahren, oder zu Fuß gegangen? Ist sie allein oder mit Freunden gegangen?
  • Ist ihr Nachbar in Tübingen ein Känguru, oder hat sie in Berlin ein Känguru kennengelernt? Hat das Känguru Annas Badezimmer benutzt? Ist Anna mit dem Känguru in die Stadt gefahren?
  • Wen hat sie in Deutschland kennengelernt? Hat sie sich verliebt? In wen?




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