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I. Course Rationale
22 credits are required by the state of Tennessee for high school graduation, of which 2 credits must be in a foreign language. This course is designed to meet one of these credits.
In this course, students will be required to master the Modern World Language Tennessee Academic Standards at a Novice High level of proficiency (according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: ACTFL). The following five areas are the cornerstones for Spanish language learning:
A. Interpersonal: spoken & written conversing
B. Interpretive: reading & listening with comprehension
C. Presentational: speaking & writing
II. CULTURE (Hispanic cultures)
The description of the levels for each of the above cornerstones can be found on the classroom website:
or in the state standards at:
II. Course Supplies
Students will be expected to bring these supplies to class with them DAILY in order to be considered prepared for class in the class participation grading rubric:
-School-issued laptop (fully charged) & charging cord**
-1” or 1 ½” 3 ring binder
-Filler binder paper (college ruled is preferred)
-a pack of at least 8 binder section dividers
-Pencils—at least 2 with lead (NO pens due to their permanent nature)
-Handouts from all previous lessons
-Notes given/taken in class from ALL previous lessons
-3” x 5” Notecards
**I will be utilizing technological devices periodically in class & refer to follow-up studying on them for outside of class. With Schoology this semester & the chance that COVID exposure & subsequent required quarantining could happen any day, having a device & internet access at home is vital to this semester's success.
I send out reminders, notifications, & assignments through the Remind app & have them cross-posted on the classroom website. Please communicate with me if for any reason your student will not have internet access at home**
III. Classroom Norms: Keep it R.E.A.L.
The Tennessee State Board of Education’s Uniform Grading Policy is followed for this course:
Grade Percentage Range:
Policy located here:
Grades are weighted for this course.
-Quarter 1- 42%
-Quarter 2- 43%
-The final exam is 15% of the overall semester grade.
85% of the course grade is weighted with the below percentages:
• Formal Assessments/Grades (80% of final grade)
• Informal Assessments/Grades (20% of final grade)
𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐬: 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝟗-𝟏𝟐:
The student will receive an exam exemption if she/he meets the following criteria in a semester-long course:
-A average and not more than four attendance events
-B average and not more than three attendance events
-C average and not more than two attendance events
-Students must n̲o̲t̲ have a financial obligation (school/athletic debt) one week prior to the day of the exempted exam.
-Averages reflect the overall semester average (S1/S2).
-Absences are counted up to 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 from the beginning of an exam cycle.
-Attendance events include 𝐚𝐥𝐥 excused/unexcused absences, tardies, early check-outs, etc.
-Tardies to school and early check-outs from school 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 in the attendance event totals. Early check-out is defined as any check-out prior to 2:55 PM. School-approved field trips and school-approved postsecondary visits will not count as attendance events. Should students have to quarantine, approved quarantine days will not count as attendance events. A certificate/note from a physician/health department may be required to support any claim for quarantine.
-Absences are on a 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬-𝐛𝐲-𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐬, not just whole day absences.
-An exemption from a final exam is not granted if during the semester the student is sent to ISS (a minimum of 4 total blocks or 1 full day), the Alternative Learning Center or receives a suspension.
-Exemptions are for end-of-semester, teacher exams.
-An exam exemption occurs in a semester-long non-TNReady course, the final average will be comprised as follows: 𝐐𝟏/𝐐𝟑 = 𝟒𝟐% 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐐𝟐/𝐐𝟒 = 𝟓𝟖%
V. Coursework, Missed/Late work, & Academic Support
• 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬:
o Quizzes, Projects, & Tests (summative items that showcase student mastery of content):
-Assessments are designed to let students show their mastery of a concept
or idea. Rubrics are standards-based & posted on classroom website.
Rubrics can be printed upon request.
-Formal grades are listed in the below calendar with the date at which it is due
• 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬:
o Trabajo de la campana, Daily Classroom Culture Grade, In-class activities,
Homework, formative quizzes, & some smaller projects
(formative assessments that show progress of learning):
-A key part of Spanish homework is vocabulary study. Each student needs to spend
15-20 min per day studying & reviewing vocabulary to ensure their success.
-The classroom culture grade is a possible 5 points daily, accumulated as a 25
point possible total, every week of class. Its purpose is two-fold; first, it is to show
understanding of culture in the U.S. & second, it is to help support the college &
career readiness of the student. The R.E.A.L. norms & procedures, preparedness
for class, & classroom behavior drive this grade.
-Rubrics are posted on classroom website & can be printed upon request.
• Per the South Gibson County High School Faculty/Staff Handbook & the Gibson County
Special School District policy, teachers will indicate assignments that are late by
entering a "𝟬" in the gradebook, while working with parents & students to maintain
• Late assignments not due to an absence will receive a point deduction of 5
points per day late.
• Formal grades (test, quizzes, projects etc.) will be taken/turned-in upon 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞
𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭'𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥. For example, a student misses Friday where a formal
assessment was completed, upon their return on Monday, the test/quiz will be taken
by them on that same Monday (or turn in project, present, etc).
• All other missed class work may be made up 𝐁𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓'𝐒 𝐑𝐄𝐐𝐔𝐄𝐒𝐓 upon their
return to class, given it does not take class time away from other students.
• The make-up work must be completed within 𝟱 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 after returning to school,
in the order of assignment.
• All students at South Gibson County High School are expected to complete all
assignments that support the learning of the state standards and completing those
assignments to an acceptable level of mastery. (Novice High for a B/C grade avg)
• In the event that an assignment is not submitted to the teacher on time and to a
satisfactory level of proficiency, the student will be scheduled to meet with the
teacher during the daily Focus sessions. This academic support will begin the
next school day.
• Should a student have missing assignments at the time that progress reports or report
cards are issued, the student will receive a zero (0), which indicates that the student
continues to be responsible for learning and completing the tasks that will lead them
to mastery and an acceptable level of understanding of the standards for the course.
• At the point that the missing/late/unacceptable assignment is submitted successfully
and within the guidelines of the attendance make-up policy, the zero will be replaced
by the grade earned. It is our belief that failing to learn should not be an option for
students, therefore, the faculty and staff have implemented levels of support that will
ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve success, if they choose a path
𝐀𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭
• Classroom website:
• PASS Program – before and after school peer tutoring program
A free language-learning App for tablets & smartphones, as well as a website, is DuoLingo.
Extra practice websites to help reinforce learning are:
The Spanish Dude
Why not Spanish?
VI. Bathroom Policy
Students are expected to use the restroom in between classes or on breaks, just as faculty & staff are expected to do so (barring an emergency or sickness). Students are allowed to use the bathroom during my class once a week. This usage will be tracked by a Microsoft Office Form connected to a QR code posted in the classroom.
1) Student will scan the QR code & fill in their information. If a student does not have a personal device, they will receive an individual, paper bathroom pass.
2) Students ask & receive permission to go to the restroom in Spanish.
3) Students MUST sign out/scan upon leaving AND
4) Students MUST scan/sign in upon returning to class.
5) Students are expected to use the restrooms closest to the classroom located either on the South or East halls. They are respected to return to class in a reasonable amount of time (12 minutes or less).
𝐈𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠-𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐝.
If there are extenuating health considerations, please communicate this to me, the nurse, &/or school administration in order to accommodate these needs.
VII. Electronic Devices in the Classroom
In accordance with a professional culture in the classroom, before the bell rings, your cellphone &/or any 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥-𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 (i.e. all apple/android/smart watches, FitBits with notification capability, iPOD, Google Glasses, iPAD, tablet, etc.) should be 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐋𝐄𝐃 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟𝐟, & 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝, 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭. It will remain there until your dismissal from class. On the rare occasion that we use personal devices in class, you will be given permission to retrieve it from your assigned pocket & use it for the exact purpose & length of time specified for the activity.
𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥-𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝:
• 𝐛𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟒 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐬
• 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲-𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐬
• 𝐛𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝟔𝟎°-𝟕𝟓° 𝐅𝐚𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐭
• 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐲 & 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐬
If a disruptive, improper, inappropriate, or irresponsible use of a device occurs, your device will be confiscated & given to administration. If your device is confiscated, it will be returned when retrieved by your parent or guardian. The device will be released after the corresponding hold times per the Gibson County Special School District’s electronic device policy (1st offense: 24hrs; 2nd or more offenses, 48hrs & disciplinary action).
VIII. Proposed Course Calendar
This calendar is subject to change per administration or teacher judgment. Please monitor the Remind application, Schoology, & the classroom website for announcements of changes:
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 t̲w̲o̲ 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬. Students will review each unit covered from the semester; each group will have 1 unit to present. There will be 3 parts from each unit: Grammar, Culture, & Vocabulary. Individual students will teach one of the 3 parts (in groups of 4, the largest component of the unit will have 2 students present it). Please be mindful of this assignment as we journey through the semester.
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟏: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 & 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝟐𝟑
-Norms & Procedures -Proficiency Levels & Academic Standards
-Why be bilingual?
-Vocabulary: Alphabet, Numbers 1-31, Colors, Days of the week, months/dates, seasons
-Grammar: Phonetics, Salutations conversation, telling time, & the verb 'gustar'
-Culture: How to recognize, categorize, & discuss culture by Las tres P's: Perspectives
Practices, & Products; Salutations, Spain: Fiestas de San Fermín: El encierro
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟐: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 & 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦, 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟑
-Vocabulary: Salutations/Introductions (cont), Pastimes/hobbies/activities/interests,
adjectives, interrogatives, definite/indefinite articles, conjugations of SER
-Grammar: Phonetics (cont), Subject pronouns, Salutations conversation (cont),
Spanish definite & indefinite articles (the, a, an, some), the verb SER
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟑: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 & 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟕
-Vocabulary: School, Subject pronouns (cont.)
-Grammar: Subject Pronouns (cont), present tense verb conjugation, the verb ESTAR
the verbs SER vs ESTAR, Positional pronouns with the verb Estar
-Culture: Academic Systems in Spain & Latin America
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟒: 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐚𝐩 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐬, & 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐖𝐞𝐝., 𝐒𝐞𝐩. 𝟐𝟗 &
𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬, 𝐒𝐞𝐩. 𝟑𝟎
-Vocabulary: 21 Spanish-speaking countries of the world & their capital cities & nationalities
terms from the culture countries listed
-Grammar: geography of 21 Spanish-speaking countries
-Culture: Hispanic Heritage Month, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, The Antilles Islands of
La Republica Dominicana, Puerto Rica, & Cuba--salsa
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟓: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦, 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟓
*𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒆 𝒂 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕*
-Vocabulary: Family, adjectives, celebratory words, uses of DE
-Grammar: SER vs ESTAR (cont), present tense conjugation (cont), irregular verbs
-Culture: family trees
𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭: 𝐏𝐢ñ𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐬 & 𝐄𝐥 𝐃í𝐚 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐬 𝐌𝐮𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐6-𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐝𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟔: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟑
-Vocabulary: directions, locations/places, events, emotions/feelings, holidays, descriptors
-Grammar: Present tense verb conj. (cont.), near future "ir+a+infinitive", Ser versus Estar (cont)
irregular verbs (cont), Opinions/Recommendations, giving/receiving directions
-Culture: Cities/customs worldwide for making plans/going places
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟕: 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 & 𝐎𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟎
-Grammar: AR, -ER, & -IR verb present tense conjugation (cont), verbs like GUSTAR
expressions with the verb TENER, restaurant conversation
𝐆𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐏 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒:
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟏, & 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟐, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟑'𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲 & 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞, 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟑
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟑'𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫, 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟒 & 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟓, 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟒
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟔 & 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭 𝟕, 𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟓
𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 (𝟏𝐬𝐭 & 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐬), 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟕
𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦 (𝟐𝐧𝐝 & 𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐬), 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟖
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