Max und Moritz


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Max und Moritz

Max und Moritz:  the complete reading text by Wilhelm Busch, with original illustrations, in a pdf file, with questions and vocabulary activities for each chapter. This is a large file with activities that took a lot of time to create. If you are using it in your classroom or for your personal study, please consider making a small donation. (R)

Max und Moritz: find the correct German words in a word cloud from the story “Max und Moritz” by Wilhelm Busch. Word cloud / worksheet (with beginner and intermediate level words). (W)

“Max und Moritz” (Erster Streich): Easy listening activity. Fill in words from a word list as you listen to an audio text. If you experience problems with the audio file, an alternate reading is available at The recording for the first chapter starts at 1:20 min (64 kbp file).

Additional worksheet (1. Streich only): various vocabulary and comprehension activities related to the 1. Streich. (W)

Powerpoint to practice simple past with story of “Max und Moritz”. Could be used as an oral or written exercise. Have students make sentences with all of the fragments or have them choose one per slide. (P)

To prepare for the powerpoint activity, students should have studied the flashcards for the following irregular simple past forms. All other verbs in the presentation are regular. (F)

Video version of Max und Moritz, to explain the simple past:


A story about the background of “Max und Moritz” from Deutsche Welle’s Top Thema (mp3 available).

Side-by-side German/English version of the story.



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