Beginning MS Spanish

Beginning MS Spanish

Quarter 1, 2011-2012


Description: Beginning level middle school Spanish. Students will learn about family, descriptions, weather, months, days of the week, seasons, telling time, clothing emotions and rooms of the house.

Books: Avancemos A, Patricia va a California

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 (20) will be given for all completed work turned in on-time or as students return from an absence.  No late work will be awarded points.
Students have options with their homework (unless otherwise noted):

  • Worksheet (either given in class or on RenWeb/web documents),
  • Quia.
  • Zondle games (parent signature sheet-available in Web Documents in RenWeb),
  • 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 Patricia va a California.

Final Project: Students will be preparing a final project consisting of three elements, an oral presentation, a written report and a family tree display.  These will make up most of their test/project score in this class, 20% of their final grade.  Rubrics for these are available and are also posted in Web Documents area of RenWeb.

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

Course Guide (changes may occur):

Week 1: Introductions, greetings and family.

Week 2: Camping

Week 3:  Seasons, weather and brief introduction of clothing.  Chapter 1 of Patricia va a California.

Week 4: Months of year, days of week, numbers,  telling time,  classes and school.  Chapter 2 of Patricia va a California.

**Homework: Write one paragraph answering, “Who is in my family.”**

**Write school schedule**

Week 5:  Gustar, hobbies, and junk food.  Chapters 3 & 4 of  Patricia va a California.

**Homework: Write one paragraph answering, “What does my family like to do together.”**

Week 6:  Ser, adjectives, review of introductions and family. Chapters 5 & 6 of Patricia va a California.

**Homework: Write one paragraph describing yourself and another describing your family**

Week 7: Estar, emotions, review of adjectives, classes and school.  Chapters 7 & 8 of Patricia va a California.

**Rough drafts due**

Week 8: Parts of a house.  Chapters 9 & 10 of Patricia va a California.

**Students draw and label floor plan for their house.**

Week 9:  **Presentations!!!**

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