This is one of our Weekly Brick units that are designed to provide specific building blocks for German students and teachers to work with for a week. These weekly German units feature a different theme each week and offer various types of exercises for different types of learners.
Some of the materials are worksheets (W); others are blog articles (B), flashcards (F), online exercises (O), powerpoints (P), reading texts (R), videos (V), or webquests (WQ).
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Coordinating Conjunctions: This powerpoint explains what they are and why we need them. It demonstrates how to connect clauses with conjunctions and how the coordinating elements impact (or rather do NOT impact) the word order in the individual clauses. The powerpoint also includes practice sentences to apply the rules about the conjunctions. (P)
Conjunctions: sorting coordinating vs. subordinating conjunctions (O)
Coordinating conjunctions: choose the correct word order after coordinating conjunctions (O)
Conjunctions: rewrite clauses with different conjunctions; mostly but not all coordinating! (O)
aber oder sondern? Choose the correct conjunction to express the English “but” (O)
aber/sondern: fill-in-the gap exercise. Which one is correct: “aber” oder “sondern”? (O)
Coordinating conjunctions: easy worksheet to practice connecting sentences with conjunctions. (W)
Use of the two-part coordinating/subordinating conjunction “je . . . desto.”
Nebenordnende und unterordnende Konjunktionen: Video (auf Deutsch), das den Unterschied zwischen nebenordnenden und unterordnenden Konjunktionen erklärt. (V)
Also read our blog entry “Use a Period, for Crying Out Loud,” which explains the importance of conjunctions in much more detail and also argues against the use of adverbs as “replacements” for conjunctions.
The following visual shows the five common German coordinating conjunctions in a sample sentence with the position of the subjects and conjugated verbs highlighted to show that the conjunctions are not affecting the word order. This could be used in class even with early beginners.