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        2 White Street.
D 56076 Koblenz
Minutes of the first English lesson on Northern Ireland


Date:                      6th February 1998

Time:                      3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)

Place:                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz , classroom 105

Participants:          Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

Topics:                   1st Rules for the following work presented by Mr Maas
                               2nd Methods the class 9d is already able to use and of methods
                                     the class has to learn


1st: The class and their English teacher decided to work according to
       the teacher's rules which he wrote on the board as follows:

2nd: This is what we need for the project: Koblenz, 6th February 1998
 Klaus F. Maas
(signature of the keeper of minutes)


                                                                                                          2 White Street.
                                                                                                          D 56076 Koblenz

Minutes of the second English lesson on Northern Ireland

Date:                      13th February 1998

Time:                      3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)

Place:                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz , classroom 105

Participants:          Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

Missing:                Daniela

Topics:                  1st Keeping minutes (repetition of the previous lesson), Example
                                    from the first lesson

                              2nd Tasks


1st: The class was made familiar with the structure of minutes and translated the rules
          from the 1st lesson into English. Afterwards they copied the sample minutes and
          the vocabulary that goes with minutes:


2nd: The class got the following tasks:

          For this task a map of the British Isles was delivered by the teacher
  • Keep the minutes of the second lesson
  • Koblenz, 13th February 1998
    Klaus F. Maas
    (signature of the keeper of minutes)


     


    Minutes of the third and fourth English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                    16th February 1998

    Time:                      2nd and 3rd lesson (8.40 - 9.25 and 9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)

    Place:                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz , classroom 105

    Participants:          Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

    Missing:                Daniela, Petra , Ben

    Topics:                  1st : Minutes of the 2nd lesson
                                  2nd: Looking at the maps and completing them: countries, counties
                                         with their pronunciation, capitals


    1st: In the first lesson the class was again made familiar with the structure of minutes
             and copied the minutes of the second lesson. Afterwards they advised to collect
             the vocabulary that goes with minutes so that we can discuss them in class the
             vocabulary that goes with minutes:

    2nd: In the 2nd topic of the first lesson the class checked the borders of the 4 lands:
           England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, repeated the different names:

    Next the students filled in the names & pronunciations of the 6 counties of the province of Ulster:
    Antrim ['æntrim],
    Armagh [a:'ma:],
    Derry ['deri],
    Down [daun],
    Fermenagh [f(:)'mæn],
    Tyrone [ti'roun]

    1st: After Stefan's question (What's the difference between country and county?) the two words were explained and a new scheme for explaining words introduced:

    2nd: In this scheme the point function was particularly stressed:

    The function of a word means how a word works grammatically in a sentence: as a noun/pronoun for a person or an animal or a thing or an abstract; as a verb for an activity or a state; as an adjective or an adverb in order to describe a noun or a verb, a preposition to describe the position and a conjunction to combine or subordinate 2 sentences.
     
     
    Word Function Similar Word Opposites Special Context/ Usage Explanation/
    Definition:
    country n. land desert, chaos mother country  I was born in this country.

    The country in which I was born is my mother country.

    3rd : Tasks: Keep the minutes of the second lesson
                           Explain the words of the first lesson (see the minutes) with the
                      above scheme.

    Koblenz, 16th February 1998
    Klaus F. Maas

    (signature of the keeper of minutes)



    Minutes of the fifth English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                     20th February 1998

    Time:                      3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)

    Place:                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz , classroom 105

    Participants:          Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

    Missing:                 Daniela, Sabrina H., Sabrina E., Sezer, Maria, Helene, Katja

    Topics:                   1st : Minutes of the 3rd and 4 th lesson

    2nd: Words   3 rd: Crossword puzzle   4th : Tasks: Keep the minutes          Describe Northern Ireland

    1st: When the minutes were read in the class special mistakes in reading the heading
           were corrected.

    2nd: After we had discussed various aspects of the words "schedule", "to improve" and
           "co-operation" the class could check their solutions with the help of the teacher's
           transparency.

    3 rd: The teacher delivered a crossword puzzle containing all of the new words of the
            1st minutes. The students had to find the words in a crossword and to correct the
            scrambled words below.

    4th : The above mentioned tasks should be done for homework.

    Koblenz, 20th February 1998
    Klaus F. Maas

    (signature of the keeper of minutes)


    Minutes of the 6th English lesson on Northern Ireland
     

    Date:             26th February 1998

    Time:                 2nd lesson (8.40 to 9.25 a.m.)

    Place:                Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz, classroom 105

    Participants:     Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

    Missing:            Daniela, Michael, (André overslept, Sezer came late from the doctor's)

    Topics:            1st : Minutes of the 5 th lesson
                            2nd: Words that go with minutes
                            3 rd: Describing a country: Northern Ireland, Facts and functions
                            4th : Tasks: Keep the minutes
                                    Improve your description of Northern Ireland


    1st: When the minutes were read in class several times special mistakes in reading
           the heading were corrected.

    2nd: After that the students ask for the meaning of the following words which we
           translated during the lessons:

          Words you want to know when keeping minutes:

         In addition to that the words of the crossword puzzle were read and explained again.

     3 rd: The teacher presented the text: "Welcome to Ulster in order to show in a list
             the different steps leading to a well organized description of a country. First he
             reminded the students of the list of functions "How to describe a country delivered
             to the class some time ago.
     
    Describing a country
    functions headwords (generic terms) examples (subordinate terms
      sights blue mountains
      Ulster forest parks
      landscape beautiful lakes
      nature lonely moors
      country rocky coastlines
      land green countryside
      ??? historic cities
        fishing villages
        small towns
        white Atlantic sands
      travelling traffic 
        roads
        cattle changing fields
    4th : The above mentioned tasks should be done for homework. The students were
              reminded of rule no 2g: "Be ready to revise what you've done."
     

    Koblenz, 26th February 1998

    Klaus F. Maas

    (signature of the keeper of minutes)



    Minutes of the 7th English lesson on Northern Ireland








    Date:                       27th February 1998

    Time:                       3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)

    Place:                      Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz, classroom 105

    Participants:           Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas

    Missing:                  Daniela, Michael, Stefan D., Daniel, Katja

    Topics:                   1st : Minutes of the 6 th lesson

     2nd: Functions    3 rd: Brochure/Leaflet: Northern Ireland

             counties, landscape, holiday activities

     4th : Tasks: Keep the minutes

                         Brochure/Leaflet: Northern Ireland

                         File


    1st: The minutes were read in class several times. Marius had written the words
            "Ulster" (another Protestant oriented name f for Northern Ireland) and
            "functions" (formulas in certain situations) on the Words you want to know -
              part of the board.
            The singular use of "information" - plural: "pieces of information" was added.

    2nd: After the word "functions" had been explained the list of words that may help
           you to describe a country was completed by some expressions from the text
          "Welcome to Ulster". The class will have to add those to their former list, i.e.

    3 rd: The different steps leading from a well organized description of a country to a
            brochure/leaflet for holiday makers were explained and the original scheme
            completed with the aspects "Place" and "Activities" so that the following grid
            would help composing the brochure/leaflet:

    Brochure/ Leaflet of a tourist board
     
     
    functions holiday activities head-words (generic terms) examples (subordinate terms Places
    Lots of our visitors like  travelling through the land of blue mountains in the CO.
    Armagh
      mountaineering   forest parks on Mt Slieve Donard
    Others prefer wandering   around the lonely moors  in the Mourne Mountains
    Do you like sailing

    boating

      on our beautiful lakes like Lough Neagh, Britain's biggest freshwater lake
      fishing sailing   rocky coastlines  
    You can enjoy marching   in the white Atlantic sands in the North
      biking   green countryside in the CO.
    Fermanagh
      visiting sight like historic cities like Belfast...
          fishing villages along the Atlantic
          small towns in CO Down
            The students got another handout with some more facts about Northern Ireland
            in order to get some help.

    4th : The above mentioned tasks should be done for homework.
            The first part of the file is to be presented on Monday, 2nd March 1998.
            (It should include all delivered papers and done tasks - see Table of Contents)

    Koblenz, 28th February 1998

    Klaus F. Maas

    (signature of the keeper of minutes)


    Minutes of the 8th & 9th  English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                         2nd March 1998
    Time:                         2nd lesson (8.40 to 9.25 a.m.), 3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)
    Place:                        Clemens Brentano Realschule Koblenz
    Participants:             Class 9d and their English teacher Mr. Maas
    Missing:                Daniela, Claudia, Thomas
    Topics:                         1st:     minutes
                                         2nd:     List with words who help you to describe a country
                                         3rd:     Brochure / leaflet
                                         4th:     Organisation your file
                                         5th:     Problems so far
                                         6th:     lesson on our own

    1st: First most of us read their minutes, but some hadn't got it.
    2nd: Then Mr. Mass gave us a list with words which helped us to describe a country
    3rd:  I read my brochure, but I had forgotten my functions, so I had to revise my text
          for the next lesson.
    4th: Mr. Maas wanted to know how we could organize our files and some of us made some
           suggestions
    5th: He asked us, if we had problems so far. We answered, that we had had problems with the
          minutes.
    6th: The teacher told us, that he would be absent on 6th and 12th March and he wanted to
           know, if wer could work alone without any teacher. We agreed on working alone.

    2nd March 1998
     

             ___Stefan Blechschmitt____________
            Signature of the keeper of minutes
     



      Stefan Blechschmitt:  Extra Leaflet for tourists about Northern Ireland

    Hello tourists,
    when you come to Northern Ireland, you can choose between 6 counties: Antrim, Armanagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. When you like swimming, sailing or fishing  you can go to the 6 fresh water lakes, Lough Erne, Lough Strangford, Lough Belfast, Lough Swilly, Lough Foyle and Lough Neagh, which is the biggest fresh water lake of the British isles with 368 square km. When you want to go climbing or biking you can drive to the 2 mountains over 700 meters, Mount Errigal (752m) and Mourne Mountains (852m). There are 5 big rivers, the River Bann, which starts at Mount Slive Donard in the Mourne Mountain not very far from the sea, crosses the whole country, runs through Lough Neagh before it flows into the Atlantic in the north, the River Main which starts near Belfast, goes straight trough Lough Neagh and end in Bann. The Ballinder which starts at Lough Neagh and end near Creggan, the Canoween which starts near Pomeroy and end in Ormagh and the Ulster Channel which starts at Lough Neagh goes over Monaghan to Lough Erne and the Foyle which starts at the western border to Lough Foyle. There are 6 groups, the Protestants, the Catholics, the British, the Irish, the peace movement and the Ulster freedom fighters. When you want to drive to Northern Ireland from Germany, you can drive through the Euro-Channel to Dover over the M20 to London and along the M1 from there to Birmingham from there and the M6 to Carlisle and on the R75 with the ferry to Belfast, or you can fly plane from Frankfurt to Belfast. So you can come very easily to Northern Ireland.


                                                                                                    Clemens-Brentano-Realschule
                                                                                                    D - 56063 Weißerstrasse

            Minutes of the 10th English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                               5th March 1998
    Time:                               2nd lesson (8:40 to 9:25 a.m.)
    Place:                              Clemens Brentano, Koblenz     Classroom 105
    Participants:                   Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas and the observer
                                            M. Burgaud (France)
    Missing:                         Thomas, Sabrina H., André, Christiane, Cemile



    Topics:                             1st     Minutes
                                             2nd     Files
                                             3rd     Brochure
                                             4th     Maze Prison
                                             5th     Organizing tomorrow's work
                                                       tasks: Keeping Minutes
                                                                 Summary
    1st: We corrected and compared the minutes of the last lesson.
    2nd: Mr Maas controlled the files; those who hadn’t got them got a bad mark.
    3rd: Stefan B. read his Brochure/Leaflet. His work was good .
    4th: The text " Maze Prison" was our task for the free lesson the next day.
    5th: We organized the work for the next day: It was to correct the minutes and and to write
                                                                        a summary of the text " Maze Prison"

     Koblenz, 5th March 1998
     

    Marius Austermühle
    (signature of the keeper of minutes)


                                                                                                    Clemens-Brentano-Realschule
                                                                                                    D - 56063 Weißerstrasse

            Minutes of the 11th & 12th English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                            6th March 1998
    Time:                            3rd lesson (9:40 to 10:25 & 10:25 to 11:10 a.m.)
    Place:                           Clemens- Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz     Classroom 105
    Participants:                Class 9d and the English observer M. Burgaud (France)
    Missing:                       Thomas, Cemile, Christiane, Sabrina E., Sabrina H, Daniela
    Topics:                         1st      Summary of text „ Maze Prison“
                                                    task: Keeping Minutes



    1st:  Dirk, Debora and I write the summary of the text“ Maze Prison“
     
    headlines keywords  sentences
    hungerstrike  Maze Prison 
    freedom for Ireland 
    Today in Maze Prison one person makes a hungerstrike for freedom  in Ireland.
    car bombs 6 people killed 
    petrol bombs 
    teenager
    6 people are killed. When the police arrive teenagers throw petrol bombs.
    funeral Corporal 
    car bomb 
    Then an English corporal  is burried because  he died from a car bomb.
    Peace Movement meeting meeting 
    peace 
    terrorism 
    This afternoon there is a meeting of the Peace movement. 
    They say that they want to have peace in Ireland. 
    Union of Ireland British The Irish Prime Minister says that he wants to have a union between the two states and that they must all work together.

     7th March 1998

       Marius Austermühle
    (signature of the keeper of minutes)


    Stefan Blechschmitt: Maze Prison (summary)

    In the first part of the text the author explains that in Maze Prison one of the prisoners dies in a hunger strike for the freedom of all Ireland.

    In the next part the reader is informed about the fact that 6 people are injured and one girl dies from a car bomb. When the police arrive, teenagers throw petrol bombs.

    In the main part the reporter mentions the funeral of a corperal, who is killed by a car bomb.

    In addition to that the author states that there is a meeting of the Peace Movement, who say that they want to have peace in Ireland.

    At the end of the story the author tells that the Irish Prime Minister wants to have a union between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and he wants to work together with all parties


                                                                                                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule
                                                                                                     D - 56063 Weißerstrasse

    Minutes of the 21st and 22nd English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                  23rd March 1998
    Time:                  2nd lesson (8.40 to 9.25 a.m.)
                                3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)
    Place:             Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, Koblenz
    Participiants:     Class 9d and their English teacher, Mr. Maas
    Topics:                 1st minutes
                                 2nd definitions
                                 3rd grid
                                 4th death-tree
                                 5th Tasks: a summary (the split face of Northern Ireland)
                                 keeping minutes,
                                 Finish our work

    1st: Gürol read his minutes of the last lesson
    2nd: Next Mr. Maas corrected our homework together with us and explained the main points
            about  the "relative clauses" again.
    3rd: Then we got a leaflet, on which we had to underline the relative clauses.
    4th: In the next part of the lesson Mr. Maas gave us examples, how we could deal with  the
          word-set 'DEATH' in form of a tree
    5th: Our homework was, to write a summary, to keep the minutes and to finish our  work  .

    Koblenz, 23rd March 1998

    ___Stefan Blechschmitt____________
    (Signature of the keeper of minutes)



      O R D E R
      SUB- GENERIC IDEOLOGY WAYS or  HEADINGS or TERMS
    O OR-   OPINION or AIMS PARAGRAPHS  
    R DI-   IDEAS      
    D NA-     STEPS    
    E TE       SENTENCES  
    R           WORDS

    (zurück zu Einführungsstunde)



    Klaus F. Maas

    Death: a mind map

    Puzzle with Death!


                                                                                                     Clemens-Brentano-Realschule
                                                                                                     D - 56063 Weißerstrasse
     

              Minutes of the 24th English lesson on Northern Ireland

    Date:                        27th March 1998
    Time:                        3rd lesson (9.40 to 10.25 a.m.)
    Place:                       Clemens-Brentano-Realschule, classroom 105
    Participants:            Class 9d and their English teacher Mr Maas
    Topics:                    1st     Minutes
                                    2nd    Crossword puzzle (word-set "DEATH")
                                    3rd    Relative clauses
                                    4th    Test on Monday
                                    5th     Files on Northern Ireland
                                               tasks :-minutes
                                                          -practising definitions
                                                          -exercises (relative clauses)
                                                          -summary writing (List of functions)
                                                          -keeping minutes

    1st:Two students read their minutes to the class.
    2nd:Then we corrected the crossword puzzle on the projector.
    3rd:The difficulties in combining two sentences to one were eliminated (relations, things
            or persons)
    4th:Then we got the tasks for our test.
          1st     Summary writing
          2nd     Transformations with the help of relative clauses
          3rd     Finding definitions
          4th     Keeping minutes
          5th     Answer questions about Northern Ireland, different parties, the country

    ___Andy Guhl____________
    (Signature of the keeper of minutes)


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