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Dear visitor,

welcome to our weblog. This blog served as the digital platform for a teaching unit on Nick McDonell’s novel “Twelve”.

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The students dealing with the novel attend grade 11 at Carl-Benz-Gymnasium Ladenburg. Have fun reading and feel free to leave a comment on our work!

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Our school – Carl-Benz-Gymnasium

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Our school is called Carl-Benz-Gymnasium and it is set in a small town called Ladenburg next to the bigger towns Mannheim and Heidelberg in Germany at the river Neckar.

The school is named after Carl Benz who is known as the famous German pioneer for automobiles. Since 1904 he has worked and lived in Ladenburg until his death in 1929. He was honorary citizen of Ladenburg and he was buried in the town’s cemetery. Carl Benz was married with Bertha Ringer who was very important for her husband’s career. She financed him by giving him her dowry in advance and of course she was the first woman to drive a car. Our school cafeteria is named after her. Nearly every week we eat lunch at the ‘Café Bertha’ in the afternoon break.

On this picture you can see the school which has got 4 floors. Our classroom is on the third floor. Around this big building there are some common grounds and trees where the students can spend their recess. In winter we can also stay in our assembly hall on the ground floor.

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Carl-Benz-Gymnasium Ladenburg

Carl-Benz-Gymnasium Ladenburg

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In our school we have about 80 teachers and some 1000 students. From year 5 to year 13 there are 5 classes per year in average (a,b,c,d,e).

And that’s our class: 11a

Class 11a

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There are four classes in the 11th grade. We are 11a with 24 pupils – 17 girls and 7 boys. We – the pupils – have an age between 16 and 18 years.

Our class teacher is Mr. Scha. who teaches us in German, history and social studies and his deputy is Mr. K., our Mathematics teacher. Mr. Schn. is our English teacher.

We’re a linguistic orientated class. It means that in grade 7 we either chose Latin or French and in grade 9 either French or Spanish and that we didn’t choose the natural-scientific way at all. In 2011 we will have our final exam (hopefully!).

A very short description of the class members will follow (if you’re not interested just skip it):

In the first row of our class room – yes, in the moment we’re lucky to have a class room including a coffee machine but things will change next year – Morris, Niels, Nicole, Sara and Karina are sitting. Morris and Niels are known as the really excellent assistants of Mr. Brand in the Physics lessons where they present vividly physical principles to us. The three girls are quite quiet but surprise again an again by their concealed skills. Nicole draws great pictures, Sara writes melancholy poems and Karina can do breath-taking turns.

The second row is occupied by Alina, Julia, Magdalena, Lisa, Frieda, Sabrina and Lena. Alina is a very good athlet and Julia, one of our class spokesmen, makes lessons more relaxed. Maggie is a specialist for satsumas (you don’t know satsumas?!? – If so ask Maggie!) and volley ball (I hope you know this one!). Everybody knows that Lisa R. never would even think of eating during the lessons and that she absolutely can’t stand chewing gums. Frieda seems to have too much time during the vacations. She wrote down the birthdays and death dates of some already forgotten film stars who died some hundred years ago. You know how to scan Latin verses? If you don’t ask our specialist Sabrina on this. Lena has got a very sharp look for dressing faux pas (yes, there are teachers who manage to wear their clothes on the reverse side).

Now the third row’s introduction: Daniel is a very involved pupil. Besides acting as a ‘quarrel mediator’ (pupils helping other pupils to solve conflicts without violence) he is taking care of the cup board’s key (a really important obligation because in there we store our coffee machine!). And having so many duties to solve it can be really exhausting, so it isn’t surprising that Daniel has to eat and sleep during the lessons. Manuel is a really hard-working member of the DLRG (an organization saving people in the water) and Michael is probably the biggest fan of those former German authors like Lessing, Goethe, etc. Forgot your homework? Don’t worry! Lisa’s are of the finest quality and her handwriting is easy to read. Carina is specialized on our geography teacher Mr. Juedtz’s complex questions. Rebecca is calmness itself and the other spokesman. Lisa loves dancing in Mrs. Sieferle’s sport lessons and is the biggest fan of the ‘Pussies Deluxe’.

And the last row: Marius, a fanatical shoe collector, is surely the most attentive pupil in German lessons. Changing from the ‘Inhaltsebene’ to the ‘Metaebene’ or doing some philology without any effort are just two of his multiple abilities. His credo is: “Wer sich nicht wehrt, lebt verkehrt!” (“Who doesn’t defend oneself lives a wrong life!”). Jasmin and Suse know how to make boring Physics lessons useful. They style Andy’s hair. Andy is really independent and excellent in doing shoulder stands. And last but not least there’s Janine who really loves Mathematics lessons.

by Frieda and Lisa R.

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19 responses

23 10 2008
Lena Kliesch

Hello

24 10 2008
morrisgpunkt

heeey, wassup😛 how can I sign up here ?!

25 10 2008
mariuse

good question morris

25 10 2008
Chief Admin

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From About, 2008/10/25 at 5:47 PM

26 10 2008
michaelmkomma

Where and how shall we post our summaries and characterizations?
I’ve only found “leave a comment” on the Synopsis side.
Another questions:
We should write how the character’s life before and after christmas.
But the whole book is from 27.12- 31.12(after christmas)
Should we write about the flashbacks, when we talk about the life before christmas?

Greetings
Michael

26 10 2008
michaelmkomma

sry about, not how

26 10 2008
Chief Admin

If you only found the “leave a comment” option, you have probably forgotten to log in under wordpress.com first. I set all of you as “editors” so you should be able to post.

Concerning the past of the characters: We get for some (not all) characters interesting information about their personal background, events in the past, their family, etc. – this is what is meant by “the character’s life before Christmas” (don’t make something up!)

26 10 2008
Michael

Thanks
Greetings Michael

PS: I’m logged in and I only see the “leave a comment” function

26 10 2008
Chief Admin

Please check the “How to write a post”-post for further explanation.

29 10 2008
mariuse

new question^^
till when do we have to post all the exercises?
sunday, 02.10.08 or do we have more time?

29 10 2008
mariuse

ah ok, i found the date
05.11.08^^

29 10 2008
mariuse

(17:31:27) …. i meant 02.11.08 ….whatever^^

6 11 2008
morrisgpunkt

well do we get a mark for oral participation when we write something here ?😛

6 11 2008
mariuse

i hope so

7 12 2008
juleee

Who wrote this article about our class???

9 12 2008
baumgaal xxx

frieda, there is still no marius in the text ^^

7 01 2009
Alisa

the summary is really helpful🙂
greezes :-*

6 07 2009
Winnimore

lol…,

6 07 2009
Wordsell

Hummina Hummina huh! Keep up the good work!!,

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