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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 following, first year, Modern World Language Tennessee Academic Standards:
I. Communicate in a language other than English (Spanish).
II. Gain knowledge & understanding of other cultures (Hispanic cultures).
III. Connect with other disciplines & acquire information.
IV. Develop insight into the nature of language & culture.
V. Participate in multicultural communities at home & around the world.

Performance Indicators of completion can be found below, as well as on the classroom website:
https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/std_fl_modern_1st_yr.pdf

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:

-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 or a pencil sharpener (no pens due to their permanent nature)
-3” x 5” Notecards
-Handouts from all previous lessons
-Notes given/taken in class from ALL previous lessons
-Device with internet access at home**

**I will be utilizing technological devices periodically in class. I send out reminders, notifications, & assignments through various apps or programs & post them on our classroom website. Please communicate with me if for any reason your student will not have internet access with a device at home**

III. Classroom Norms: Keep it R.E.A.L.!
IV. Grading
The Tennessee State Board of Education’s Uniform Grading Policy is followed for this course:
Grade Percentage Range:
A: 93-100
B: 85-92
C: 75-84
D: 70-74
F: 0-69

Policy located here:
https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/sbe/attachments/1-30-15-III_B_Uniform_Grading_Policy_Attachment.pdf

Grades are weighted for this course.
The midterm is 15% of the overall semester grade & the final is 15% of the overall semester grade. The remaining 70% of the course grade is weighted with the below percentages:

• Formal Assessments (80% of final grade)
o Unit Tests, Major Projects, Quizzes, Midterm, Final:
-These assessments are designed to let students show their mastery of a concept
or idea. I allow one retake for each written exam (not oral exams) for full credit
opportunity that must be completed prior to the next scheduled formal grade.
Exemptions to this standard are the midterm & final or tests retaken due to
cheating. ALL rubrics are posted on classroom website & can be printed upon
request.
• Informal Assessments (20% of final grade)
o Trabajo de la campana, Daily Classroom Culture Grade, Homework, some Quizzes,
& Other Projects:
-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 in
Spanish I. Other projects may include a specific study of a cultural feature of a
country such as their music or food. The classroom culture grade follows the
performance indicators of the Academic Standards of 3.2 & 4.2. It is assessed as
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, preparedness for class, & classroom behavior drive this grade.
ALL rubrics are posted on classroom website & can be printed upon request.

Missed/Late work:

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 current assignments. Formal grades (test, quizzes, projects etc.) will be taken/turned-in upon the day of the students' 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.

V. Bathroom Policy
Students are expected to use the restroom in between classes or on breaks, just as staff is expected to do so (barring an emergency or sickness). They are allowed to use the bathroom in my class once a week with their personal, assigned bathroom pass. IF a student does NOT have their personal pass, they may NOT go to the restroom during class. Students ask & receive permission to go to the restroom in Spanish. Students MUST sign out upon leaving & sign in upon returning to class. Students are expected to use the restroom on the South Hall & return to class in a reasonable amount of time (10 minutes or less). If these expectations are not met, then bathroom privileges will be revoked. If there are extenuating health considerations, please communicate this to me or school administration in order to accommodate these needs.
VI. Electronic Devices & the Classroom
VII. Proposed Course Calendar
This calendar is subject to change per administration or teacher judgment. Please monitor the Remind application & the classroom website for announcements of changes www.latutora.org.

Introduction Unit: Quiz, Monday, August 6
-Norms -Classroom Community
-Procedures -Why be bilingual?

Unit 1: Written & Oral Exam Monday, August 20
-Why be bilingual (cont.)? -Telling Time in Spanish
-Alphabet -Colors
-Phonetics -The verb 'gustar'
-Introductions in Spanish -Numbers 1-30
-Culture: Spain
-Culture: Las tres P's: Products, Perspectives, Practices

Unit 2: Written & Oral Exam Tuesday, September 4
-Days of the week/dates -Ser versus Estar verbs
-Subject pronouns -Descriptions
-Seasons -Culture: Ecuador
-the verb 'gustar' (cont)

Unit 3: Written exam with map of countries, capitals, & nationalities Monday, September 17
-Hispanic Heritage Month
-Geography of 22 Spanish-speaking countries in the world
-Culture: Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, & the Antilles: La Republica Dominicana, Cuba,
& Puerto Rico

Unit 4: Written Exam Friday, September 28
-School vocabulary -Subject pronouns (cont.)
-AR verb present tense conjugation -Positional pronouns with the verb Estar
-Ser versus Estar continued -English grammar review
-Irregular verbs & present tense conjugation

Midterm review & preparations: October 8-10/11 (dependent upon block), then midterm exam October 11 or 12

Unit 5: 3 formal grade Cultural Projects: Arboles Genealógicos, Piñatas, & Dia de Los Muertos
-Family vocabulary with family tree presentation -Culture: piñatas & Dia de Los Muertos in-class projects
-AR verb present tense conjugation (cont.)
-Irregular verbs & present tense conjugation
- -ER & -IR verb conjugation

Unit 6: Written Exam Tuesday, November 20
-Location vocabulary -Subject pronouns (cont.)
-Near future "ir+a+infinitive" -Emotions & Feelings with the verb Estar
-Ser versus Estar (cont) -Cultural Exchange: PenPals from Ecuador
-AR, -ER, & -IR verb present tense conjugation

Unit 7: Written & Oral Exams, Friday, December 7
-Food vocabulary -Culture: Media forms worldwide
-Ser versus Estar (cont)
-Descriptions of Food
-AR, -ER, & -IR verb present tense conjugation (cont)

Semester Review December 10-14 with students who select to complete a final project presenting the 13-14

Final Exams December 17 & 18 (learner's choice between exam or project)

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