Spanish 2 Syllabus & Calendar

Spanish II 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:

This course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence in the target language and understanding of the culture(s) of the people who speak the language.  It assumes that the students have successfully completed a Level I course or are at a Novice-Mid level of proficiency.  Students begin to show a greater level of accuracy when using basic language structures, and they are exposed to more complex features of the language.  They continue to focus on communicating about their immediate world and daily life activities, read material or familiar topics, and write short, directed compositions.

 

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 2

 

 

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

  • Review of Spanish 1

Unit 1

  • Travel; direct and indirect object pronouns; personal a

Unit 2

  • Sporting events and athletes; discuss ways to stay healthy; point out specific people and things; retell events from the past

Unit 3

  • Clothing, shopping; personal needs; say whom things are for; express opinions

Unit 4

  • Describe continuing activities in the past, narrate past events and activities; describe people, places, and things

Unit 5

  • Identify and describe ingredients; talk about food preparation and follow recipes; give instructions and make recommendations

Unit 6

  • Tell others what to do & what not to do; make suggestions; talk about movies and how they affect you

 

Unit 7

  • .Discuss school-related issues; state and respond to opinions; present logical and persuasive arguments

 

Unit 8

  • Express what is true and not true; discuss environmental problems and solutions; talk about future actions or events

 

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 Course

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Culture

Aug 21 – 25

Aug 28 – Sept 1

 

 

 

 

 

Review of first year Spanish    

USA

 

Sept 5 – 8

Cuba

Sept 11 – 15

El Salvador

Sept 18 – 22

Guatemala

Sept 25 – 29

Mexico

Oct 2 – 6

Chile

End quarter 1

Oct 11 – 13

1.1

Panama

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Reading

 

 

 

 

Oct 16 – 20

1.2

Argentina

Oct 23 – 27

Review

Puerto Rico

Oct 30 – Nov 3

2.1

Día de los Muertos

Nov 6 – 10

2.2

Bolivia

Nov 13 – 17

Review

Paraguay

Nov 27 – Dec 1

3.1

Spain

Dec 4 – 8

3.2

La Corrida de Toros

Dec 11 – 15

Review

Cervantes

Dec 18 – 20

4.1

Las Navidades

End quarter 2

Jan 4 – 5

4.2

El Año Nuevo

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Writing

Jan 8 – 12

Review

Ecuador

Jan 16 – 19

5.1

Venezuela

Jan 22 – 26

5.2

Honduras

Jan 29 – Feb 2

Review

Dominican Rep.

Feb 5 – 9

6.1

Peru

Feb 12 – 16

6.2

Colombia

Feb 20 – 23

Review

Carnaval

Feb 26 – Mar 2

7.1

Costa Rica

Mar 5 – 8

7.2

Nicaragua

End quarter 3

Mar 12 – 16

Review

Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

9 week project:

 

Speaking

Mar 19 – 23

8.1

Equatorial Guinea

Mar 26 – 30

8.2

Uruguay

April 9 – 13

Review

Semana Santa

April 16 – 20

 

 

TBA

El baile

April 23 – 27

El baile

April 30 – May 4

El arte

May 7 – 11

El arte

May 14 – 18

 

Course conclusion & final exam review

May 21 – 22

 

Course content and sequencing are subject to change.