Part II:

Linking Tasks to Standards


The Cognitive and Linguistic Links between

Reading Tasks and the Standards

Goals: Units 4-8

     Part 1 of this presentation has looked at what makes texts readable in terms of the Standards.  Part 2 discusses and demonstrates how learning strategies and reading scenarios are implemented according to the Standards.  Texts can be read so that students engage in activities appropriate for their age, years of learning German, and school curriculum.  The five sets of standards --

-communication (self expression in German)
-connections (seeing what the German text says)
-culture (seeing how the German text makes things happen)
-comparisons (comparing the German text with contrasting German or American experience)
-communities (transposing the self into the German setting)

-- provide a set of cognitive and linguistic guidelines that direct how a German curriculum K-16 can develop, spiraling reading activities throughout.  By implementing texts in age-appropriate ways, then, the tasks illustrated in the Units of Part 2 will implement criteria that teachers can apply as a checklist that guides how exercises link to direct progress between grades.

     The Standards can be used as guides to link the levels in a curriculum, when they are implemented in tasks that are age-appropriate, that is, manageable by that group both linguistically and cognitively. Click on each grade level for an explanation of what "age-appropriate" tasks may be.

Grade 4: Tasks and Learner Outcomes
Grade 8: Tasks and Learner Outcomes
Grade 12: Tasks and Learner Outcomes
From Standards to Curriculum
A Note on Text Example Choice