CLEP Honors Spanish III Spring 2021
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I. Course Rationale
In this course, students will be required to master the Modern World Language Tennessee Academic Standards at the Intermediate Mid level of proficiency or higher (according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: ACTFL). The following five areas are the cornerstones:

I. COMMUNICATION
A. Interpersonal: spoken & written conversing
B. Interpretive: reading & listening with comprehension
C. Presentational: speaking & writing
II. CULTURE (Hispanic cultures)
A. Perspectives
B. Practices
C. Products
III. CONNECTIONS
IV. COMPARISONS
A. Language
B. Cultural
V. COMMUNITIES

The description of the levels for each of the above cornerstones can be found on the classroom website:
www.latutora.org
or in the state standards at:
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/stateboardofeducation/documents/10-20-17_III_A_World_Language_Standards_Attachment_Clean_Copy.pdf


Beyond the Honors & state standard expectations, this course's end exam will be the CLEP Spanish with Writing Proficiency exam.

The coursework will follow the provided syllabus of modernstates.org in order for students to receive this test with no additional charge to them (normally $89 & then the testing site charges an additional administration fee of $25).

With achieving scores, students have the opportunity to earn up to a total of 12 semester hours of college credit to go towards their university of choice. Over 2,900 universities accept CLEP exam credit.

As long as the CLEP exam is taken this semester for the end of course exam, a student will earn 5 rigor points to their semester grade, rather than the 3 allotted for honors, regardless of the score achieved on the exam.
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 Classroom Culture 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. 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.!
IV. Grading
The Tennessee State Board of Education’s Uniform Grading Policy is followed for this course with an eligibility for additional percentage point weighting for Honors:
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.
• Formal Assessments: 80% of final grade
• Informal Assessments: 20% of final grade

*The end of course examination will be the Spanish with Writing, Level 2 exam from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)*
V. Coursework, Honors, Missed/Late Work, & Academic Support
*The end of course examination will be the Spanish with Writing, Level 2 exam from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)*
• Formal Assessments:
o Quizzes, Projects, & Tests:
-Assessments are designed to let students show their mastery of a concept
or idea. Rubrics are posted on classroom website & can be printed upon
request.
-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:
-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.

• Honors courses are expected to substantially exceed the state-mandated content
standards. The following areas will be expected in addition to the Tennessee
Academic Modern Language Standards at the Intermediate Mid Level of proficiency:
o Extended reading beyond the textbook from excerpts of multiple novels.
o Application of Spanish language & culture to current, relevant, real-world situations,
with connections to our local communities through various research projects &
presentations
o Informative, persuasive, &/or creative writing in Spanish &/or English
o Analytical & practical exploration of Hispanic cultures (perspectives [values],
practices, & products)
o Technological integration for a flipped classroom where content is studied before
class meets & discussed in class & integration of different apps or websites

Missed/Late work:
*students only have 5 school days to complete missing assignments after an absence*
• 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.
• Late assignments not due to an excused 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. 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
to success.

Available Academic Support:
• Content will be on Schoology
• Classroom website: www.latutora.org
• PASS Program – before and after school peer tutoring program
VI. 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.
VII. Electronic Devices & the Classroom
VIII. Proposed Course Calendar
This calendar is subject to change per administration or teacher judgment. Please monitor the Remind application, Schoology, this syllabus, & the classroom website for announcements of changes www.latutora.org.

This course's calendar will coincide with the syllabus from www.modernstates.org so students may earn the free CLEP exam voucher.

Throughout the semester, students will create an online, digital, Spanish storybook using https://www.bookbildr.com/ or https://www.mystorybook.com/ This book will need to have integration of the vocabulary, grammar, & culture learned in each unit. It is the student’s creativity that decides how to implement these (ex.: creating multiple chapters, having a character daydream, time travel, or multiple short stories) During the last week of the semester, they will present in Spanish in front of the class with a show & tell of their book. Class time will not be allotted to this feat, but reminders to be creating it will be announced or posted on Schoology, the class website, the classroom, &/or the Remind application.

Introduction: Pretest of Spanish content knowledge, Tuesday January 5 or Wednesday January 6
-Norms -Classroom Community -CLEP exam
-Procedures -Modern Language Standards for this semester -modernstates.org
-Conjugación en el presente -verbos reflexivos
-Conjugación en el pretérito -verbos irregulares
-perífrasises verbales -fonéticos/pronunciación
-Conversaciónes básicas -mandatos afirmativos y negativos
-los pronombres de sujeto, posesión, demostración, reflexión, y de objetos directos
e indirectos

Unidad 1: Formal grade Tuesday, January 19
-modernstates.org: La Rutina y La Salud

Unidad 2: Formal grade Monday, February 1
-modernstates.org: La Ninez

Unidad 3: Formal grade EITHER Friday, February 12 OR Tuesday, February 16 (possibility to delay)
-modernstates.org: Los consejos y Las recomendaciones: El subjuntivo

Unidad 4: Formal grade March 10-11
-modernstates.org: Las dudas y las certezas

Unidad 5: Formal grade Friday March 26
-modernstates.org: Adjective & Adverb clauses

Unidad 6: Formal grade Monday, April 19
-modernstates.org: Conditional clauses & The Future & The Conditional: Cuando Sea Grande

Unit 7: Formal grade Friday April 30/Monday May 3
-modernstates.org: La Voz Pasiva

Unit 8: Peliculita (mini-movie) group project Friday, May 14
-preparation for CLEP exam

CLEP Spanish Language with Writing exam: TBD

STORYBOOK PRESENTATIONS: Tuesday May 18-Thursday May 20
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