Spanish 1 Syllabus & Calendar

Spanish I Syllabus

 

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

 

Profesoras:  Señora Eva Valdes and Señora Cecelia Bray

Emails:  valdesem@troup.org; braycn@troup.org

Rooms:  217 and 215

Planning period:  1st period

Tutoring availability:  Times by appointment

 

Communication:

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Course Description:

Spanish I is a broad based course designed to introduce the student to all aspects of foreign language study.  Grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are included.  Cultural information is provided and taught throughout the duration of the course.  Students will do research on various cultural topics.  This is achieved by groups, partners and individual practice dependent on the subject.  Emphasis is placed on conversation, vocabulary and correct usage of the language.  Correct pronunciation and oral proficiency are primary goals.  This requires a daily emphasis on listening and speaking.  The classroom experience will provide an appreciation and development of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials.

 

Course Objectives:

1) Communication:  Students will communicate in Spanish.

  1. Apply the use of verbs in the present, present progressive and past.
  2. Students will compare and contrast.
  3. Students will give their viewpoints on a variety of every-day topics.

2) Cultures:  Students will gain knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture.

  1. Students will investigate the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of here and there.

3) Connections:  Students will connect with other disciplines and acquire information.

  1. Students will discuss the significant contributions of Hispanic people and cultures.
  2. Identify principal cities and geographical features of the Spanish-speaking world.

4) Comparisons:  Students will develop insight into the nature of language and culture.

  1. Students will compare and contrast various aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  2. Students will compare Spanish grammar to English grammar.

 

5) Communities:  Students will participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

  1. Students will communicate on a personal level with speakers of the language in the community such as restaurants, stores, community centers, etc.

 

TEXTBOOK

Each student will be issued for classroom use:

  1.  One textbook.  Avancemos level 1

 

TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE AND PACING GUIDE.

Each unit consists of:

  1.  A specific theme, country or manner
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Connections between English and Spanish grammar
  4. Grammar and practice
  5. Cultural readings
  6. Connections between the subjects

 

Preliminary Unit

  • Greetings
  • Say goodbye
  • Say how you are
  • Words to make introductions
  • Words to say which day it is
  • Phrases to exchange phone numbers
  • Words to describe the weather
  • Words to describe where you are from
  • Courtesy words and phrases (thank you, excuse me, yes, no, Miss, Mr., etc.
  • The verb estar to say how you feel, location and emotions.
  • The verb ser to say where you are from, date, characteristics, nationality and many more uses.

Unit 1

  • Verbs talking about activities
  • Snack foods and beverages
  • Words and phrases describing likes and dislikes
  • Words describing personalities, appearances, and types of people
  • Use the verb forms of ser with de to talk about where you and others are from
  • Use gustar to talk about what people like to do
  • Use definite and indefinite articles, matching nouns in gender and number, to identify people and things
  • Use adjectives, matching nouns in gender and number, to describe people

Unit 2

  • Vocabulary to tell time and discuss daily schedules
  • School subjects and classroom activities
  • Words describing frequency
  • Classroom objects and places in school
  • Words describing where things are
  • Words to describe how you feel (adjectives in Spanish)
  • Use the forms of -ar verbs
  • Use the verb tener to talk about what you have and tener que...to say what you have to do.
  • Use the verb estar and its uses
  • Form the verb ir and ir + a + infinitive in order to say where you and others are going

Unit 3

  • Meals
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack foods and beverages
  • Vocabulary to express likes and dislikes
  • Words to describe feelings (tener ganas de, tener hambre, tener sed)
  • Family members and pets
  • Numbers and months to give dates
  • Numbers to give and compare ages

Unit 4

  • Clothing, shopping, and colors
  • Seasons and direction
  • Describe places in town
  • Transportation
  • Music
  • Objects in a restaurant

Unit 5

  • Words to describe a house
  • Household items
  • Furniture
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Vocabulary describing a party
  • Holidays and celebrations
  • Chores and responsibilities

Unit 6

  • Types of sports
  • Vocabulary to talk about sports
  • Locations and people
  • Vocabulary to discuss staying healthy
  • Parts of the body
  • Outdoor activities
  • Excuses

 

Unit 7

  • Vocabulary to talk about negative or indefinite situations
  • Words to discuss technology
  • Words to describe the amusement park
  • Vocabulary to make a phone call and talk on the phone
  • To extend, accept, or decline an invitation
  • Places of interest

 

Unit 8

  • Vocabulary to talk about grooming
  • Words to describe a daily routine-reflexive verbs
  • Vacation activities
  • Words that indicate position
  • Vocabulary to talk about buying souvenirs

 

MATERIALS REQUIRED IN CLASS EVERYDAY

(BRAY) 1. Composition Notebook

              2. 3 prong-folder with pockets

              3.  Pencils and pens, crayons, colored pencils, markers

              4.  Textbook

 

GRADING POLICY

We will follow the grading rules set forth by the school.  You and your parents can check your grades using parent portal from the high school website.

 

The Grade for the course will consist of the following:

Classwork, homework, quizzes, interactive notebook - 40%

Projects, Tests, Performances - 40%

Final - 20%

 

At the end of the semester, the semester exam is 20% of your grade.

 

Homework/Daily Practice:

  • Daily practice is a must for successful learning!
  • All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class in the basket unless otherwise noted by the teacher.  Unfinished homework will not be accepted for full credit.
  • Any work missed due to absences needs to be made up within 5 days of your return to the classroom; you will receive a zero beyond 5 days.  We will give you a friendly reminder but you are responsible for any missed work.
  • If for some reason you need extra time, YOU NEED TO COME SEE US!!!

 

 

Assessments:

  • Quizzes  over each objective/skill will take place on a regular basis.  THERE WILL BE POP QUIZZES OFTEN SO PLEASE BE PREPARED.
  • It is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up missed quizzes upon your return to school, you have one week to do so.

 

Participation:  Students must actively participate in class in order to master the Spanish language.  Class participation includes such factors as attendance, punctuality, preparation, maintenance of Spanish interactive notebook, participation in classroom activities, cooperative attitude, good attitude, use of the language even if it’s mispronounced.  You must use it to learn it!

CLASS RULES AND EXPECTATIONS

  1. Respect your fellow classmates, your teacher, and the contents of the classroom at all times.
  2. Come prepared to learn by bringing your interactive notebook, paper, and pen/pencil.
  3. Food and gum interfere with oral communication.  Please leave these items in your backpack or locker.
  4. Ask for clarification the minute you are confused.  There are no dumb questions.
  5. Communication is the focus of this class, but not on cell phones.  Follow the rules for cellphone usage.

 

PLEASE REFER TO STUDENT HANDBOOK FOR CONSEQUENCES PER OFFENSE NUMBER.

 

 

 

 

 

Signature and promissory notice

 

Parents please understand that we need YOUR SUPPORT for the benefit of your child’s education and well-being.  Your child’s education is TOP priority to the school, the community, you, and us when we communicate with you it’s for their benefit not their disadvantage to assist them in their success in class and in school in general.  We will always communicate with you respectfully and we expect the same in return.  Respect is of upmost priority to you and your child but we expect the same in return.

 

READ CAREFULLY:

 

I have read and I understand the Spanish syllabus.  Furthermore, I promise to follow the rules and be an abiding citizen in Spanish class.  If I fail to follow the rules, I am aware of the consequences and understand that Sra. Valdes and Sra. Bray will enforce the consequences fully to include referrals to the office and the principal and support any other consequences applied to my punishment.

 

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CALENDAR

 

 

Date

Unit

Cultural Focus

Notes

Aug 14 – 18

 

Introduction to Spanish

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Culture

Aug 21 – 25

Aug 28 – Sept 1

1.1

USA

Sept 5 – 8

1.1

Cuba

Sept 11 – 15

1.2

El Salvador

Sept 18 – 22

1.2

Guatemala

Sept 25 – 29

2.1

Mexico

Oct 2 – 6

2.1

Chile

End quarter 1

Oct 11 – 13

2.2

Panama

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Reading

 

Oct 16 – 20

2.2

Argentina

Oct 23 – 27

3.1

Puerto Rico

Oct 30 – Nov 3

3.1

Día de los Muertos

Nov 6 – 10

3.2

Bolivia

Nov 13 – 17

3.2

Paraguay

Nov 27 – Dec 1

4.1

Spain

Dec 4 – 8

4.1

La Corrida de Toros

Dec 11 – 15

4.2

Cervantes

Dec 18 – 20

4.2

Las Navidades

End quarter 2

Jan 4 – 5

5.1

El Año Nuevo

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Writing

 

Jan 8 – 12

5.1

Ecuador

Jan 16 – 19

5.2

Venezuela

Jan 22 – 26

5.2

Honduras

Jan 29 – Feb 2

6.1

Dominican Rep.

Feb 5 – 9

6.1

Peru

Feb 12 – 16

6.2

Colombia

Feb 20 – 23

6.2

Carnaval

Feb 26 – Mar 2

7.1

Costa Rica

Mar 5 – 8

7.1

Nicaragua

End quarter 3

Mar 12 – 16

7.2

Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Speaking

Mar 19 – 23

7.2

Equatorial Guinea

Mar 26 – 30

8.1

Uruguay

April 9 – 13

8.1

Semana Santa

April 16 – 20

8.2

El baile

April 23 – 27

8.2

El baile

April 30 – May 4

TBA

El arte

May 7 – 11

TBA

El arte

May 14 – 18

 

Course conclusion & final exam review

May 21 – 22

 

Course content and sequencing are subject to change.