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102 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:

  • 250 Wörter
  • Please DOUBLE SPACE your essay!
  • Please give a word count for your essay
  • Choose Thema 1 OR Thema 2 [Thema = topic]
  • 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!


Schreiben Sie einen Bewerbungsbrief für einen Job.  Benutzen Sie das Modell [adapted from the 2nd edition of Vorsprung, p. 376]. Be sure to change the job you are applying for to match your own interests etc.  If you are at all interested in working in Germany, you can make this letter a useful first model for your eventual real application.  You may also want to have a little fun by exaggerating your abilities in the letter, as in this silly English model.


Berlin, den 21. April

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

ich [note that this first line begins with a lowercase letter, unless of course the first word is a noun!] habe lhre Anzeige fur einen Chefbuchhalter/eine Chefbuchhalterin bei "" gesehen. Ich habe mein Wirtschaftsstudium an der Universität Trier abgeschlossen. Ich habe drei Sommer als Praktikantin bei der Firma Müller gearbeitet. Ich habe die Buchhaltung in der Verkaufsabteilung [=sales dept.] gemacht.

Ich bin freundlich und kollegial. lch kann selbstständig arbeiten und ich bin sehr zuverlässig und pünktlich. Weil ich Erfahrung als Buchhälterin und viel Interesse an Teamarbeit habe und immer zuverlässig bin, bin ich die richtige Kandidatin für diese Stelle. Ich hoffe, dass Sie sich für ein näheres Gespräch mit mir interessieren, und ich freue mich darauf, bald von Ihnen zu hören.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Lisa Plenske



Das Känguru: Schreiben Sie, was bis jetzt in Die Känguru-Chroniken passiert ist. Schreiben Sie die Geschichte aus der Perspektive des Kängurus.

  • Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie auch eine neue Episode erfinden [=invent], z.B. das Känguru in der Deutschklasse, oder das Känguru in Wien oder Berlin.
  • Benutzen Sie das Präteritum oder das Perfekt!



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