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: I. COMMUNICATION A. Interpersonal: spoken & written conversing B. Interpretive: reading & listening with comprehension C. Presentational: speaking & writingII. CULTURE (Hispanic cultures) A. Perspectives B. Practices C. ProductsIII. CONNECTIONSIV. COMPARISONS A. Language B. CulturalV. 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
-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**
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) • Informal Assessments (20% of final grade)
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. • 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 to success.
Available Academic Support:• Classroom website: www.latutora.org• FOCUS– RTI and Enrichment sessions available every day that provide targeted academic support • PASS Program – before and after school peer tutoring program
Preliminary Unit: Exam Monday August, 19 -Norms & Procedures -Proficiency Levels & New Standards -Why be bilingual? -Numbers 1-31 -Salutations/Introductions -Alphabet/phonetics -Culture: Las tres P's: Products, Perspectives, Practices -El Calendario: days of the week, months/dates, & seasons -Culture: Spain: Fiestas de San Fermín: El encierro Unit 1: Exam Tuesday, September 3 -The verbs SER & GUSTAR -Interrogatives -Salutations/Introductions (cont) -Pastimes/hobbies/activities/interests -Culture: Paraguay vs. Texas Unit 2: Exam, Monday, September 16 -Subject Pronouns -School -verb conjugation -AR -Telling time -Numbers 30-1000 -the verb HAY -Culture: Costa Rica -infinitive verbs
Unit 3: Exam Friday, September 27 -Family -Locations/positional pronouns with ESTAR -Adjectives (verb SER cont) -the verb GUSTAR -Houses/homes -verb conjugation -AR/-ER/-IR -Tengo que perífrasis -Culture: Spain -irregular verbs DAR, ESTAR, HACER, IR, SALIR, & VER
Midterm review & exams: September 30-October 2; Midterm exams October 3 or 4 (dependent on block)
Unit 4: Exam Monday, October 28 -stem changing verbs -verbs like GUSTAR -Foods & drinks -colors & adjectives -expressions with the verb TENER -in the market & restaurant -Culture: Mexico
Cultural Unit: Piñatas & El Día de los Muertos October 29-November 1 with Project due Friday, November 1
Unit 5: Exam Tuesday, November 26 -stem changing verbs (cont) -states/emotions with ESTAR -holidays/activities/events -Near future: IR+a+infinitivo -Preterite (Yo & Tu form) -the verb SER -Culture: La República Dominicana
Unit 6: Exam Friday, December 13 -weather -geographical features -present progressive -articles of clothing -travel activities -opinions/recommendations -community & travel/transportation -Culture: Colombia
Finals & Semester Review: December 16-18 with Final Exams December 19 or 20 (dependent on block)