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Jones College Prep High School 2014-2015

Spanish III Honors

Sra. Riste

E-mail: jrriste@cps.edu
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! Welcome to Spanish III. I am excited about teaching a class with such motivated learners and cannot wait until we are on our journey to learning a new language, lifestyle, and culture!
I value every student in my class and look forward to getting to know each of you on an individual level throughout the upcoming year. Moreover, I hope to learn as much from you this year as you will learn from me.
This exciting, challenging course is designed to build on your knowledge from Spanish I & II and to give all students a chance to practice their Spanish skills. We will start the school year with a wide review of the content from previous years and continue expanding that knowledge by exploring in greater depth the language, culture, and lifestyle. This class will place an emphasis on communication and we will be doing a lot more speaking activities. With that said, I expect you to participate in ALL class activities and give 100% when speaking in Spanish. We are going to learn a lot this year. Be prepared to work; I will expect nothing less from you.
We will also need to work together to create an environment that allows us to learn as much as possible. The following classroom expectations are in place to make sure that we are all able to learn and make the most of our class time together. ¡Vamos!
Expectation of the class:
1. EXPECT to be respectful to yourself, your classmates, your teacher, and your classroom environment.

This is such an easy thing that can make or break how much we can accomplish in this classroom. Any inappropriate jokes or disrespectful language will not be tolerated in this classroom. I will show the same respect for you and this classroom as I expect in return.


2. EXPECT to come to class prepared.

Being prepared means with your MIND, CLASS WORK, CLASS MATERIALS and ATTITUDE. Anything less will be cheating yourself.


3. EXPECT to work every day.

CLASS TIME IS WORK TIME. When you are in this class, you are expected to be engaged in whatever the class is doing. We can only accomplish what we need if we all stay ON TASK.


4. EXPECT to come to class every day on time.

This is not only TO class but also in regards to all your assignments. YOU and your assignments are expected to be on time, all the time. According to Chicago Public Schools, 18 unexcused absences in a semester equal automatic failure. Consider my class a job. If you’re late, if affects your pay. If you forget to show up or forget to complete your assignment, you don’t get paid. It’s that simple. My pay is your grade. I will be here, on time, and I expect the same from you.


5. EXPECT to challenge yourself and be challenged.

In life, we need to think big to reach high. I know that each and every one of you are capable of doing what is expected of you, but please be prepared to work hard. There are no shortcuts in this class or in life. We will all expect the best out of each other because we can only be as successful as we push ourselves to be.


6. EXPECT to SPEAK and USE SPANISH EVERY DAY!

I know everyone here really wants to be able to communicate in Spanish and seeing how this class is an elective, I’m going to do my best to accomplish that and make it fun and meaningful. To really accomplish this though, it’s going to take dedication and a lot of work on your part. But, if you really commit yourself and try your hardest in class, you won’t be disappointed!



Class Materials

To complete the work that needs to be done in this class and to make sure we are as successful as we can be, there are a few supplies you need to bring with you daily.




  • Descubre 3 Textbook (the loss/damage of which results in a mandatory replacement fee)

  • Carpeta (Binder used only for Spanish class)

  • Dos cuadernos (2 single subject notebooks for Spanish only)

  • Pen or pencil

  • Spanish notes/ vocabulary sheets


Policies:

  • Late work: Unexcused late work will be accepted for 50% credit if it is turned in by the end of the same school week. Late work for excused absences will be accepted for full credit if it is turned in by the end of the school week unless other arrangements are made

  • Extra credit opportunities will be available provided that all coursework etc. is complete; however, extra credit should not be expected to alter a grade by a full letter

  • Retakes of tests or quizzes are not offered

  • Academic dishonesty and other behavioral issues will be subject to consequences listed in the JCP handbook



Missing work:

You and you alone are responsible for missing work. I will not take class time to give students missing work; that is to be done before/after school or during AC LAB. Missing work will only be given when a doctor’s note is presented or from a parent and/or guardian. Missing work is given at the discretion of the teacher.


Participación Oral:

Oral participation is a MUST in this class. Oral participation is voluntary, but it will hurt your grade if you never add to the discussion. Throughout the year, this activity will take on many forms, but my expectations are always the same: listen attentively to the speaker, raise your hand to comment, talk in complete sentences, no English and be respectful to those sharing. You will be keeping track of your class participation as well as the teacher.


Your Grade:

Learning a foreign language involves the following skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You will be evaluated in these four areas from now until the end of this class. Because of this, it is very important that you come to class everyday so that you are able to get a lot of practice in each area. I will work as hard as I possibly can to help you and to make sure you understand, and I am always here to help in any way possible. Grades will be posted every two weeks.




This is how I will assess your learning in this class:
Course work = 15% (homework, written classwork, journals)

Class Participation = 20% (games, listening/speaking activities, staying on-task, hoja de participación)

Lab assignments =10% (listening activities, research)

Projects & Presentations = 15% (skits, essays)

Assessments = 20% (Tests/Quizzes)

Final Exam =20% (per semester)


Grading scale:
100% - 90% = A

89% - 80% = B

79% - 70% = C

69% - 60% = D

Below 60% = F


Homework:

Homework will be posted on the Jones website each night before I leave for the day. Even if it is not mentioned in class, you are responsible to have it ready to turn in on the due date. Students must have their homework in class; if it is elsewhere it is a zero. Partially completed homework will be awarded 50% at the teacher’s discretion. Homework will be accepted a day late for partial credit. Students must write “Late” at the top of the assignment, the title of the assignment, your name, your period, the date assigned, and the date turned in, and put it in the bin as they enter the classroom. This must be done before the lesson for the day begins.


Field Trips:

Students must make responsible choices when scheduling field trips. If a student is missing class for a field trip, their homework must be in my mailbox prior to their departure. Students must re-schedule missed quizzes and tests prior to the day of the trip. No student will be allowed to miss class due to a field trip if they have an “F” in the class up to the date of the trip. Since grades are posted, it is the student’s responsibility to decline the field trip if they have an F. If the student still attends, it will be treated as an unexcused absence.


Language Lab:

Students will have class in the Language Lab once a week unless otherwise stated in class. Students should report directly to Lab on these days and will be marked tardy if they are not in their assigned seat when the bell rings. Students are responsible for their individual workstations, and may not change seats without my authorization. Students must document any changes/problems with their workstations at the beginning of the period or as the issue arises and place the form in the bin. Students may only use pencil in the Lab. In addition to the student handbook rules, disciplinary action will be taken for the following Lab Infractions: food/gum in the Lab, looking at a site that was not instructed, messaging other students in the Lab, playing games that were not instructed, using a writing utensil other than a pencil, and defacing/damaging any lab property.


Academic Dishonesty:

I take academic dishonesty very seriously. Please refer to the student handbook for the descriptions of academic dishonesty. In this class you will receive a zero on the assignment, you will be referred to the disciplinarian, and a phone call or meeting with your parents will be arranged.


Translation Devices:

Any use of a translation device with the exception of a dictionary will be considered plagiarism. You will not receive credit for the assignment, and the disciplinarian and your parents will be contacted. We also ask that you NOT get native speakers to edit your work or help you on projects. For study purposes and conversation practice, it is acceptable and encouraged. You will learn more and score higher in my class if your assignments are in your own words.


In Class:

Students must be in their seats when the bell rings or they will be marked tardy. All non-class materials should be on the floor under your desk. . Cell phones are not tolerated and must be turned off before entry into the classroom. Please keep your heads off of your desks. A positive attitude is very important in second language acquisition, and will affect your learning.
Bathroom:

The bathroom pass is reserved for emergencies. When you leave class to go to the bathroom you are missing valuable academic time. Please plan on using the bathroom during the passing period or lunch.
Extra Help/Questions:

In order to receive help outside of class the student must be engaged in class. Students can set up an appointment via e-mail, my preferred method of communication with students and parents, to meet in my office. Parents may inquire about their child’s progress via e-mail or voicemail both will be returned within 48 school hours. Parents and students: Please make sure you have looked at Gradebook at http://impact.cps.k12.il.us/ before inquiring about grades.








Spanish 3 Overview (Subject to change)


Month

Unit

Vocabulary

Grammar

Class Activity

Cultural Reading

August/

September



Review of Class rules, guidelines.

Las Relaciones Pesonales



La personalidad

Los estados emocionales

Los sentimientos

Las relaciones personales




-Present tense

- Ser & Estar

- Progressive forms


Variety of classroom and hw activities,
In addition to Language Lab

Poema 20 de Pablo Neruda
Sonia Sotomayor: la niña que soñaba

October

Las diversiones

La música y el teatro

Los lugares

Los deportes

Las diversiones



-Object pronouns

-Gustar and similar verbs

Reflexive verbs


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



Idilio Mario Benedetti

El toreo: ¿Cultura o tortura?



November

La vida diaria

En casa

De compras

Expressiones

La vida diaria



-The preterite

-The imperfect

-The preterite vs. the imperfect



Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



Article explaining the day of the Dead
Cómo te llamas? P 86

December


La salud y el bienestar


Los síntomas y las enfermedades

La salud y el bienestar

Los médicos y el hospital

Las medicinas y los tratamientos



-The subjunctive in noun clauses

- Commands

- Por and Para


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab




Mujeres de ojos grandes de Ángeles Mastretta
La ciencia: la nueva arma en una guerra antigua

January

Los viajes

De viaje

El alojamiento

La seguridad y los accidentes

La excursiones



-Comparatives and superlatives

- Negative, affirmative, and indefinite expressions

- The subjunctive in adjective clauses


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



La luz es como el agua de Gabriel García Márquez
La ruta maya

February

La naturaleza

La naturaleza

Los animales

Los fenómenos naturales

El medio ambiente





-The future

- The subjunctive in adverbial clauses

-Prepositions: a, hacia, and con


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



El eclipse de Augusto Monterroso
La conservación de Vieques

March

La tecnología y la ciencia

La tecnología

La astronomía y el universo

Los científicos

La ciencia y los inventos



-The present perfect

-The past perfect

-Diminutives and augmentatives


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



Ese bobo del movíl de Arturo Pérez-Reverte


April

La economia y el trabajo

El trabajo

Las finanzas

La economía

La gente en el trabajo




-The conditional

-The past subjunctive

-Si clauses with simple tenses


Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab



La abeja hiragana de Horacio Quiroga
Carolina Herrera: una señora en su punto

May

La cultura popular y los medios de comunicación


La television, la radio y el cine

La cultura popular

Los medios de comunicación

La prensa



-The present perfect subjunctive

-Relative pronouns

-The neuter lo

Variety of classroom and hw activities,

in addition to Language Lab


Sueños digitales (fragmento) por Edmundo Paz Soldán
Guaraní: la lengua vencedora

June

Review of the year

Review for Final exam



Review vocabulary

Review of grammar points and structures

Classroom review for final exam. In addition to Language Lab

Final reading TBA




Sra. Riste

Spanish III- Syllabus Highlights (The complete syllabus can be found on the Jones Website)
Classroom Expectations:
1. EXPECT to be respectful to yourself, your classmates, your teacher, and your classroom environment.

2. EXPECT to come to class prepared

3. EXPECT to work EVERY DAY ALL DAY.

4. EXPECT to come to class everyday on time.

5. EXPECT to challenge yourself and be challenged.

6. EXPECT to SPEAK and USE SPANISH ALL THE TIME EVERY DAY!



Grading categories:
Course work = 15% (homework, written classwork, journal)

Class Participation = 20% (games, listening/speaking activities, hoja de participación, bellringers)

Lab assignments =10% (listening activities, research)

Projects & Presentations = 15% (skits and essays)

Assessments = 20% (Tests/Quizzes)

Final Exam =20% (per semester)



Grading scale:
100% - 90% = A

89% - 80% = B

79% - 70% = C

69% - 60% = D



Below 60% = F
Policies:

  • Late work: Unexcused late work will be accepted for 50% credit if it is turned in by the end of the same school week. Late work for excused absences will be accepted for full credit if it is turned in by the end of the school week unless other arrangements are made

  • Extra credit opportunities will be available provided that all coursework etc. is complete; however, extra credit should not be expected to alter a grade by a full letter

  • Retakes of tests or quizzes are not possible

  • Academic dishonesty and other behavioral issues will be subject to consequences listed in the JCP handbook

  • Any use of a translation device with the exception of a dictionary will be considered plagiarism. You will not receive credit for the assignment, and the disciplinarian and your parents will be contacted. You will learn more and score higher in my class if your assignments are in your own words.


By signing below, you are acknowledging that you understand and will abide by the syllabus. Failure to abide by the terms of the syllabus may result in a lower grade or disciplinary action.
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