Debattieren im Deutschunterricht

In diesem Beitrag findet ihr Informationen und Material für eine Kurzreihe zum Thema Debattieren.

Allgemeine Informationen

  • Worum geht es beim Debattieren? – Wer seine Ziele durchsetzen möchte, sollte wissen, wie man seine Meinung überzeugend vertritt. Dieses (übrigens sehr gut gemachte) Video von ‚Jugend debattiert‘ zeigt, wie alltäglich debattieren sein kann. Wenn die Eltern in den Ferien in die Berge wollen, aber man selbst viel lieber mit Freunden nach Spanien, dann sollte man rhetorisch vorbereitet sein!
  • Dieses Video der Finalrunde 2013 bei ‚Jugend debattiert‘ zeigt euch, wie das Debattieren als Wettkampf aussehen kann.
  • Dieser Leitfaden erklärt, wie Debatten bei ‚Jugend debattiert‘ strukturiert sind und wie man mit Hilfe von konkreten Beispielen selbst das Debattieren lernen kann.
  • In dieser ausführlichen Broschüre findet ihr allgemeine Informationen sowie praktische Hilfsmittel, wie z.B. Formulierungshilfen und Übungen rund um das Thema Debattieren.


  • Arbeitsblatt Mikrodebatte (Pro und Contra, ohne Beobachterrolle)
  • Arbeitsblatt Standpunktrede (mit einfachen Formulierungshilfen)

Debattenthema: „Soll die aktive Sterbehilfe in Deutschland erlaubt werden?“

Q1 Vocabulary list No.3 (gk18)

Please learn the following vocabulary. Regarding the different field sizes and camera perspectives, you should be able to match them with an appropriate definition (similar to your worksheet). As for the concepts, you should be able to define the terms in your own words. For our context the term ’suspense‘ is used in Alfred Hitchcock’s sense of the word.


Individuals and society in short films

1) Here is a link to the Oscar-winning short film by Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein which we discussed in class.

2) The excellent short film blog ‚Short of the week‚ offers you around 800 short films from 43 countries. Ever fancied to see a short film on social justice from Haiti? – Here’s your chance!

Please post your own recommendations in the comment section!

How to write a summary

Today we have discussed the topic summary writing. However, there are still some aspects I want to address. First, keep in mind that the overall aim of a summary is to give an account of the most important facts, ideas, events of a certain text. Your addressee is a reader who is unfamiliar with the original text and who depends on your summary to gain access to the necesseray information.

If you browse different text books and/or the internet you will find many tips and techniques on how to write a summary. Many of these are included in the worksheet I handed out today and which will serve as our reference guide for this class. However, unfortunately there will still be points that need to be clarified:

I) ‚Present events in chronological order‘: Especially when dealing with literary texts this aspect can be problematic. A literary text will often reverse the chronological order to create a certain effect, e.g. suspense. If this is the case, it might be better to state this fact at the beginning of your summary and then to summarize the text paragraph by paragraph or chapter by chapter. In short: Presenting the events in chronological order does not necessarily mean that you write your summary chronologically, but that you make visible and comprehensible what the chronological order of the events in the story is.

II) ‚Use the present tense‘: Your summary should use the present tense. However, if you refer to events that have happend in the past or if you refer to future events you actually have to use other tenses as well.

Here you can find a possible solution to the task: Summarize the short story ‚Red‘ by Dallas Woodburn