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Senora Groeb- Dundee Middle SChool

E-mail: Telephone: 734-529-2350 EXT: 13307


Course Introduction

¡Bienvenidos! I am do excited to have you in my class this year. You will learn Spanish through a focus on language and culture and a strong emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking. I look forward to working with you throughout the school year. We will be using “REALIDADES 1”- Prentice Hall as a guide to our Spanish learning.

Why Study Spanish?

Speaking a foreign language opens up endless possibilities and opportunities to you as future scholars and leaders in this world. Knowledge and proficiency in a foreign language will pave the road for future success, employment opportunities, travel, social, and cultural experiences. You will be exposed to Spanish speaking countries and cultures so you can be confident in participating as active members of our diverse and global community.

Course Goals

The primary focus of Spanish is to develop your ability to understand native spoken and written Spanish and to increase your skill at expressing yourself in basic daily situations. Listening comprehension and reading are the bases for the sound acquisition of a foreign language.

In this course, you will learn to listen, read, write, and speak in Spanish. Throughout this year, you will gain a greater understanding of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. The BIG GOAL for all students is to achieve an overall average of 80% mastery of vocabulary, grammar, and LSRW (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

OBJECTIVES and Pacing Guide

At the end of this school year you can reasonably expect to be able to understand and communicate in Spanish on the following topics from REALIDADES 1- Prentice Hall

Topics: Greetings and Introductions, the alphabet, tell time, identify parts of the body, talk about things in the classroom, describe weather conditions Plug in: habla, lee, escribe, pon (la tarea) and haz (la tarea)(from Chapter 6B) as vocabulary words for recognition and comprehension.

Topics: Talk about the activities that one likes and dislikes, ask other what they like to do, and understand the cultural perspectives on favorite activities. S: infinitives, negatives and expressing agreement or disagreement.

Topics: Talk about personality traits, ask and tell what people are like, use adjectives to describe people, and understand cultural perspectives on friendship, adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, and word order – placement of adjectives

Topics: Talk about school schedules and subjects, discuss what students do during the day, ask and tell who is doing an action, and compare students’ school with that of a student in a Spanish-speaking country. S: subject pronouns, comparison más … que, and the present tense of –ar verbs.

Topics: Describe a classroom, indicate where things are located, talk about more than one object or person, and understand cultural perspectives on school. S: the verb estar and the plurals of nouns and articles.

Topics: Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast and lunch, talk about likes and dislikes, express how often something is done, and understand cultural perspectives on meals. S: present tense of –er and –ir  verbs and me gustan / me encantan phrases. Plug in: the explanation for the formation of the tú affirmatives habla, lee, escribe, pon and haz  from Chapter 6B as non-tested items.

Topics: Talk about foods and beverages for dinner, describe what people or things are like, discuss food, health, and exercise choices, understand cultural perspectives on diet and health. S: the plurals of adjectives; the verb ser

Topics: Talk about locations in students’ communities, discuss leisure activities, talk about where you go and with whom, learn how to ask questions, understand cultural perspectives on leisure activities. S: the verb ir, and asking questions.    

Topics: Talk about activities outside of school, extend, accept, and decline invitations, tell when an event happens, understand the cultural perspectives on after-school activities. S: ir + a + infinitive and the verb jugar

Topics: Describe families, talk abut celebrations and parties, ask and tell ages, express possession and understand cultural perspectives on family and celebrations. S: the verb tener and possessive adjectives.

Topics: Talk about family celebrations, describe family members and friends, ask politely to have something brought to you, order a meal in a restaurant, and understand cultural perspectives on family celebrations. S: the verb venire and ser vs. estar.

Topics: Talk about rooms and items in the house and make comparisons. S: the comparatives menos …que, mejor, peor, menor, mayor, superlative and stem-changing verbs poder and dormir. Plug in: mention but don’t test e: ie and e:i stem-changing verbs such as piensa, quiere, prefiere  and  pide that are in Chapter 7A.

Topics: Identify rooms in a house, name household chores, to tell where someone lives, learn colors, understand cultural perspectives on different types of housing. S: Affirmative tú and the present progressive tense.

Classroom Rules & Expectations

It will be based on the 5 P’s: Be Positive, Prompt, Polite, Prepared and Productive. The classroom rules will be on our classroom door and in our class website as a reminder.

Class Materials

3 Ring Binder with 4 labeled dividers for Warm-Ups-“Vamos”, Notes, Homework, “Exit Slips”,

1 composition notebook (it will be used as our ISN –interactive student notebook)

Loose Leaf Paper, * Pens and Pencils. * Spanish-English Dictionary

Markers-colored pencils,* Scissors

Mini white board and dry eraser marker

World Language Grading Policy

35% Classwork (Attendance, Participation, practice sheets, Warm-Ups, Notes)

20% Homework (Practice packets, Exit Slips & Take-Home Projects)

45% Assessments (Tests & Quizzes)

*Students and parents will be able to track individual grades online through Eschool+

Classroom Policies & Procedures

Entering the Classroom: As soon as you enter the classroom, I expect you to be in your seat by the time the bell sounds, with all your materials ready to learn.

Warm Ups: You must complete the bell work “VAMOS” in your binder within the first 10 minutes of class. The VAMOS must be all completed or you will receive NO CREDIT.

Tardies: If you arrive late to class, you must present a pass before entering the classroom. You must then sign in on the Attendance Sheet under the Tardy Section in the front table located by the exit door. If you are continually late to class, you will receive a phone call home.

Using the Restroom: You are permitted to use the restroom only in cases of emergencies. You are responsible for all missed class work during that time. Please use the “silent 4 fingers rule” to use the restroom so you don’t interrupt our class.

Absences: If you have an EXCUSED absence, it is your responsibility to check in “we missed you Section” for any missed work, handouts, notes, etc. If you miss a test or quiz, you are expected to take it the day you return

Exit Tickets: Just as you have a Warm-Up- VAMOS, at the beginning of each class, you will have an Exit Ticket at the end of class. This will be an independent assignment (5 to 10 questions max) that you will complete during the last TEN minutes of class. They are designed to test your knowledge of what we covered in class and also give me a sense of how well the class understood that day’s lesson or objective. Exit tickets will count towards your grade.

To find out what is for Homework- La tarea-

Homework needs to be completed on a weekly basis. If you forget what the assignment is - there are a lot things you can do to find out what it is:

1) Check our website:

2) Look at the Board in the classroom

3) Phone a Friend

4) Write it in your Planner

Electronics: Electronic devices should not be visible or used in the classroom unless authorized by me for educational purposes. If you take a device out in class after an initial warning, it will be taken to the office where a parent can pick it up.

Copying & Cheating: Academic integrity is very important both in Middle school and beyond. As per school policy, cheating will result in an administrative referral and a zero will be given for the assignment or exam.

Cursing and bullying: There is to be no profanity or any other inappropriate language or any bullying behavior in the classroom. The classroom is a safe place and no one should ever be made uncomfortable by someone else’s words or actions.

Negative Consequences

← Verbal Warning

← Student/Teacher Discussion

← Phone Call Home/Parent Conference

← Administrative Action detention/suspension Referral

Note: Senora Groeb reserves the right to alter the sequence of consequences depending on the severity of the offense.

Positive Incentives

← Daily Praise & Encouragement

← Name Posted on Board

← Positive Phone Call or letter Home

← Class Competitions with Prizes

I understand and am aware of all the policies, procedures, and expectations that students must abide by in our Spanish class. I pledge to put forth my best effort in Spanish class in order to achieve both our class goals and the individual goals I set for my own success throughout the year.

Student’s Printed Name Student’s Signature Parent’s Signature

_______________________________ ____________________ _______________________

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