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Elizabeth Cave                  ​​​(701-703 & 706 & 707)                               ecave@scholarsnyc.com                                 Various
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¡Aquí se habla español!


Welcome back to another year at Scholars’ Academy! ¡Todos a bordo!
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course develops the beginner's acquisition of basic Spanish vocabulary, grammatical concepts and language structures. Students explore the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries to gain an understanding of the people and their customs. The course content and materials are geared to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills which prepare students to communicate comprehensibly with heritage speakers on a variety of topics. The teaching/learning strategies focus on interactive, differentiated, independent, collaborative and communicative tasks that will enable the learner to develop language acquisition in a logical way that is relevant to real-life language usage.
 
Eligibility: This course is open to 7th grade students.
Exam information: Grade 7 Spanish Baseline Exam, Spanish Midterm Exam, Spanish Final Exam (internal)
Textbooks: ¡Exprésate!, Navegando ¡Ven conmigo! Level 1En sus marcas A, Spanish For Communication Level 1
 
 
1. GOALS:
Scholars will be able to:
  1. Develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  2. Achieve a basic level of communication that is comprehensible to heritage speakers of Spanish.
  3. Employ an interactive and standard-based approach to learning Spanish.
  4. Develop awareness and knowledge of cultural and historical influences on the Spanish language and its heritage speakers.
  5. Apply the use of technology in the learning experience as well as for assessments.
  6. Produce written and verbal evidence of growth in this subject by worksheets, recordings, journals, evaluation and reflection.
  7. Participate in intergroup and interclass competitions in spelling, vocabulary, grammar skills, and appropriate language usage.
  8. Enjoy the learning experience in song, dance, conversation, role playing, games, videos, trips and cultural celebrations.
II. SUPPLIES:
  • 1 composition notebook (hardcover)
  • 2 folders (with loose leaf)
  • A set of ear buds (Needs to brought to school each day for listening comprehension activities)
  • *It is recommended that students have access to internet and computer at home for Spanish practice and research using the links and other online resources provided on Scholars' Academy google site.
                EXPECTATIONS:
      1. Each Scholar is expected to come to class prepared at all times with adequate quantities of his or her own supplies of loose-leaf paper, index cards, post-its, dry erase markers, erasers, a set of ear buds, and a 12 inch ruler. Construction paper and posters may be brought to class when needed for projects and presentation of assignments. Individual ownership of a bilingual dictionary is not compulsory but is highly recommended.
      2. Please note that Scholars will receive credit for preparedness and responsibility in the category of Class Performance, in accordance with the Grading Policy.
 
III. CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
Scholars are expected to follow the directions given by the teacher for staying on task, completing assignments and promoting an environment that allows learning to take place without impediment of any kind. Rubrics/checklists will be used to track student behavior and learning. Points scored will influence the Report Card Conduct grade.
 
STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICY:
    1. Adhere to all Scholars’ Academy rules as stated in the School’s Code of Conduct (white book that is given to each student in Homeroom Welcome packet).
    2. Respect each adult and peer.
    3. Care everyone’s property being used in class.
    4. Raise your hand and await permission before speaking.
    5. Be quiet when moving from one location to another 
COMPUTER/ IPAD USAGE:
 
    1. Follow the assigned order to collect/return equipment.
    2. Protect the equipment from gum, food, beverage and any other damaging substances.  
    3. Always ensure that the equipment is on a flat, clean surface that you have cleared of paper, books and other objects.
    4. Ensure that the equipment is set securely in from the edge of the surface on which it is placed.
    5. If there is any major problem in how the equipment functions, be prepared to use alternative resources to continue your classwork. (Alternative resources will be provided for you to continue learning Spanish in case of equipment failure.)
    6. Always log out and close your browser by clicking on the correct and appropriate icons. (This will protect you from unwelcome access to your work.)
    7. Follow the signal to end your session and go on to the next stage of the lesson.


EXPECTATIONS FOR HOMEWORK

Cumulative averages of assignments done at home.

Assignments may include but are not limited to:

ü  Reading and research assignments in preparation for connections with the next lesson or with projects (including flipped lesson assignments)
ü  Listening Comprehension and Short Response editing
ü  Worksheets for review and practice of concepts modeled in class.


Students will submit Homework to the teacher when requested.  Scholars are expected to:

ü  Review their vocabulary and notes for 5-10 minutes nightly

ü  Write questions or comments about what they understand and what they need to learn

ü  Set goals and action plans for follow-up on what is taught/learned in class

ü  Submit all assignments by due date in order to receive credit of 85% and above

ü  Late homework will only be accepted up to two days after the due date, starting at 80% and minus 5% each day late.

ü  NOTE: Homework for flipped lessons must be submitted on the due date to receive credit (No late homework will be accepted for flipped lessons. - A flipped lesson is when students are required to watch the lesson modeled in a screen- cast (video) before the actual class. Students are required to take notes and answer guided-questions based on the screen-cast in order to be fully prepared for the following lesson.)

ü  Meet a required level of presentation/organization for assignments to be acceptable: assignments must reflect neat presentation/organization, have scholars’ standard header and include the task and lesson number.

 

A general checklist will be used to track students’ completion of Homework assignments:

ü  No work submitted. = 0 points (See late homework policy above.)

ü  The task is attempted but content lacks comprehensibility. = 1 (8 points = 80%)

ü  The task is mostly incomplete and the content shows several inaccuracies. = 2 (8.5 points = 85%)

ü  Task is completed adequately but the content shows several inaccuracies. Submission is timely. = 3 (9 points = 90%)

ü  The task is completed fully but shows minimal evidence of inaccurate information. Submission is timely. = 4 (9.5 points = 95%)

ü  Task is completed fully and accurately.  Submission is timely. = 5 (10 points = 100%)

*NOTE: Additional rubrics will be included for some types of homework assignments.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR ASSESSMENTS:

ü  Cumulative averages for Tests/Exams: these may include listening comprehension, oral communication, reading comprehension, writing tasks

ü  Cumulative averages for Unit/Theme Quizzes: based on the series of related topics covered

 EXPECTATION FOR PARTICIPATION/PUNCTUALITY/PREPAREDNESS:

Scholars are expected to attend classes punctually and consistently. Rubrics and/or checklists will be used to evaluate:

ü  Asking relevant questions

ü  Answering questions appropriately

ü  Volunteering for class activities

ü  Engaging in Spanish dialogues

ü  Responsibility in group roles

ü  Completion of tasks

ü  Attentiveness

ü  Presentation of Assignments/Tasks

ü  Staying on task

ü  Evidence of notes or relevant / appropriate product

ü  Evidence of reflection

ü  Volume control

 

ABSENTEES:

ü  Consistent attendance is encouraged.

ü  Scholars are expected to develop a peer buddy relationship to help facilitate their catch-up in lessons that they miss.

ü  The teacher will make missed information available on Google Curriculum Site.

ü  Scholars are expected to limit requests for leaving the classroom to emergencies in order to make maximum use of time allotted for each lesson.