Advanced Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Quarter 2 (November 1, 2011-January 27, 2012)


Description: Advanced level middle school Spanish. Students will practice past-tense verbs and review prior vocabulary.

Books: Avancemos B, El Nuevo Houdini

Grading:  Students will be graded on participation (50%); homework, classwork and quizzes(30%); projects, and tests (20%).

Homework: Students are expected to be prepared for the lesson; full-points (5) will be given for all completed work turned in on-time or as students return from an absence.  Students with missing homework assignments will call parents to notify them of missing homework.

Each week students will be expected to work through the vocabulary in the chapter (in student workbooks and on RenWeb), read the chapter and do a post-reading assignment.

Students have options with their post-reading assignment (unless otherwise noted):

  • Worksheet (either given in class or on RenWeb/web documents),
  • Retell the story/mini-cuento to an adult (parent signature sheets),
  • Write out the story/mini-cuento,
  • Draw the story,
  • Add self/ change character or ending to story,
  • Write a new story.
  • Write a song for the story/mini-cuento.

~If students have another idea, please e-mail me and it may be possible!~

There will also be one assignment per week that helps students prepare for the final project these will be indicated in the syllabus with double asterisks (**).

Students will also have some reading from El nuevo Houdini .

Final Project: Students will be preparing a final project that will make up most of their test/project score in this class (20% of their final grade).  Rubrics are available on this website (https://senorasoweidy.wordpress.com/clases/advanced-spanish/project-rubric/) , as well as posted in RenWeb (class resources).  The goal of the project will be for students to incorporate the vocabulary and themes introduced in the course.  Students are encouraged to work in groups, make predictions regarding the reading, personalize both the vocabulary and themes to their lives, interests and talents.  Students will be given 2-3 minutes to present their project to the class the final week. If students work in groups, presentations should not exceed total time for the number of students in the group, for example if there are three students in the group, their time should not exceed 9 minutes.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given in class, some may be unannounced, and some may be given over Quia.

Course Guide

Week 1:  (November 1-4) Expectations, introduction to past tenses in Spanish, Chapter 1 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 1,  read Chapter 1, and a post-reading activity.

Week 2: (November 7-11) Chapter 2 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 2,  read Chapter 2, and a post-reading activity.

Week 3/4: (November 14-21) Chapter 3 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary Chapter for 3,  read Chapter 3, and a post-reading activity.

Week 5: (November 28- December 2) Chapter 4 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 4,  read Chapter 4, and a post-reading activity.

**Proposals for final project due**

Week 6: (December 5-9) Chapter 5 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 5,  read Chapter 5, and a post-reading activity.

Week 7: (December 12-15)Chapter 6 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 6,  read Chapter 6, and a post-reading activity.

Week 8: (January 3-6) Chapter 7 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 7,  read Chapter 7, and a post-reading activity.

Week 9: (January 9-13) Chapter 8 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 8,  read Chapter 8, and a post-reading activity.

**Mark-ups/rough drafts for final project due**

Week 10: (January 17-20)  Chapter 9 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 9,  read Chapter 9, and a post-reading activity.

Week 11: (January 23-26) Chapter 10 of  El nuevo Houdini.

Homework- vocabulary for Chapter 10,  read Chapter 10, and a post-reading activity.

**Presentations/ Final Project**


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