Quirky comics: German – Arme Gabi 2

This intermediate text is about a girl who encounters a sequence of bad events while trying to get to school.

The Quirky comics video texts support the teaching of 'Understanding texts' outcomes in the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. This can be done in many ways, including:

  • Students can use the provided transcripts to read the stories aloud and record themselves perform the stories as plays.
  • They can summarise, sequence, extend and change the beginning or ending of the stories.
  • They can write profiles of the characters and then put them in different situations.

The texts can also lead to communicative 'Interacting' or 'Creating texts' tasks, such as, telling a nurse why you don’t feel well or writing an invitation to a birthday party.

Watch 'Arme Gabi – Level 2' (1:31)

Arme Gabi – Level 2

(Duration: 1 minutes 31 seconds)

Frame 1-1

Girl with two hair buns: Es ist sechs Uhr. Ich muss fruh in die Schule. Ich habe eine Mathearbeit.

Frame 1-2

Girl with two hair buns: Meine Schultasche. Wo ist sie?

Frame 1-3

Girl with two hair buns: Sie ist verschwunden!

Frame 1-4

Girl with two hair buns: Im Schrank ist sie auch nicht.

Frame 2-1

Girl with two hair buns: Aha! Hier iunter dem Bett ist sie.

Frame 2-2

Girl pouring cereal: Mist! Die Conrflakes sind alle…

Frame 2-3

Girl pouring milk: …und es gib fast keine Milch mehr!

Frame 2-4

Girl with two hair buns and pink cat: Der Toast schmeckt eklig!

Frame 3-1

Fly in the orange juice: In meinem Orangensaft ist eine Fliegge! Wie Fies!

Frame 4-1

Girl with two hair buns: Tschuss, Mutti! Tschuss, Vati! Ich gehe jetzt! Hmm, alle schlafen noch. Wie seltsam.

Frame 4-2

Girl with two hair buns steps on dog poop: Oh nein! Auch das noch! Das stinkt ja!

Frame 5-1

Red bus driving off: Mist! Mein Bus!

Frame 5-2

Girl with 2 hair buns: Stop! Bitte anhlten!

Frame 5-3

Girl with 2 hair buns walking: Wie blod! Jetzt muss ich laufen.

Frame 6-1

Girl with 2 hair buns: Ich bin spat dran. Es ist so ruhig.

Frame 6-2

Girl with 2 hair buns: Vielleicht sind alle schon im Klassenzimmer.

Frame 6-3

Painter: Heute ist Sonntag!

Frame 6-4

Girl with 2 hair buns: Sonntag? Idas kann nicht wahr sein!

[End of transcript]


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Languages K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2019

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