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:
-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
-Device with internet access at home**
**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 with internet access at home is vital to this year's success. I send out reminders, notifications, & assignments through the Remind app & post them on the 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.!
**All students will be expected to follow COVID-19 procedures as part of classroom behavioral expectations**
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 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)
• Informal Assessments (20% of final grade)
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 posted on classroom website & can be printed upon
-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
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.
• 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. (Intermediate Mid)
• 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:
• FOCUS– RTI and Enrichment sessions available every day that provide targeted
• PASS Program – before and after school peer tutoring program
V. 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 device, they will receive an individual bathroom pass.
2) Students ask & receive permission to go to the restroom in Spanish.
3) Students MUST sign out/scan upon leaving &
4) Students MUST scan/sign in upon returning to class.
5) Students are expected to use the restroom on the East Hall due to COVID-19 hall directional requirements & return to class in a reasonable amount of time (12 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, the nurse, &/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, Schoology, & the classroom website for announcements of changes:
The last week of the semester students will complete a group presentation worth two 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. Please be mindful of this assignment as we journey through the semester.
Unit 1: Written & Oral Exam Monday, August 31
-Norms & Procedures -Proficiency Levels & New Standards
-Why be bilingual? -Culture: Las tres P's: Products, Perspectives, Practices
-Numbers 1-31 -Telling Time in Spanish
-Salutations/Introductions -The verb 'gustar'
-El Calendario: days of the week, months/dates, & seasons
-Culture: Spain: Fiestas de San Fermín: El encierro
Unit 2: Written & Oral Exam Monday, September 14
-The verbs SER & GUSTAR -Salutations/Introductions (cont)
-Subject pronouns -Pastimes/hobbies/activities/interests
-El Calendario: days of the week, months/dates, & seasons
-Interrogatives -Culture: Ecuador
Unit 3: Written exam with map of countries, capitals, & nationalities Monday, September 28
-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 Wednesday, October 7
-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
Unit 5: Written Exam, Monday, October 26
-Family -Locations/positional pronouns with ESTAR
-Adjectives (verb SER cont) -the verb GUSTAR
-Houses/homes -verb conjugation (cont)
-Tener que perífrasis -Culture: Spain
-irregular verbs DAR, ESTAR, HACER, IR, SALIR, & VER
Mini Cultural Unit: Piñatas & El Día de los Muertos October 27-November 2 with Project due Monday, November 2
Unit 6: Written Exam Tuesday, November 24
-Location & travel vocabulary -Present tense verb conj. (cont.)
-Near future "ir+a+infinitive" -Emotions & Feelings with the verb Estar
-Ser versus Estar (cont) -Opinions/Recommendations
-stem changing verbs (cont) -Preterite (Yo & Tu form)
-Culture: La República Dominicana
Unit 7: Written & Oral Exams, Monday, December 14
-Food vocabulary -Culture: Media forms worldwide
-AR, -ER, & -IR verb present tense conjugation (cont)
-stem changing verbs -verbs like GUSTAR
-expressions with the verb TENER -in the market & restaurant
-Culture: Gastronomic practices
Other possible topics of inclusion:
-weather -geographical features
-present progressive -articles of clothing
GROUP REVIEW PRESENTATIONS:
Unit 1 & Unit 2, Tuesday, December 15
Unit 3 & Unit 4, Wednesday, December 16
Unit 5 & Unit 6, Thursday, December 17
Unit 7 & prep for Spanish II, Friday December 18
Parental & Student Signature/Acknowledgment
I sign that I read, understand, & agree to adhere to the policies, procedures, & expectations of this syllabus.
Student Last Name:
Student First Name:
Parent/Guardian current e-mail:
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