Spanish IV: Syllabus

Spanish IV Syllabus

Spanish IV Course Syllabus
Whitewater High School
Teacher:                       Ms. Kate McNulty, M.Ed.

Course Description:    1 Year (2 semesters)
Spanish IV Language communication and cultural objectives are pursued with the emphasis being on Central and South America. You will prepare for the continuation of advanced studies at the college level as well. Reading supplements such as short stories, readers, and newspaper/magazine articles as well as authentic films in Spanish language are studied to build cultural awareness and improve reading and listening comprehension. Class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to ask questions, give comments, and converse with others in the target language. Purchase of a student workbook may be required.

Textbook:                    AVANCEMOS Level 3 Holt McDougal
*(Due to the accessibility of the textbook online, hardbound books will only be provided at the request of an individual student)
Online Resource:

Required Materials:   
Small 3-Subject Notebook (NO SMALLER than 6x8)

Pencils / pens (blue / black) for class work
Course Outline:                      Subject to minor changes

Semester I

Unidad 1 Una vida ocupada
Describe your typical day
Describe activities, people around you
Use verbs in the present tense, present progressive tense
Speak about life in USA vs. Spain

Unidad 2 Nos divertimos al aire libre 
Describe indoor and outdoor activities
Explain equipment needs and rules of indoor and outdoor activities
Express opinions regarding sports and other activities
Compare activities in the U.S. to those in Spain

Unidad 3 ¡Es hora de ayudar!
Discuss social problems
Describe college courses and programs of study
Use subjunctive formations correctly in context

Semester 2
Unidad 4¡El futuro de nuestro planeta!
Describe vacation plans
Explain cause and effects of travel events
Talk about past events using perfect verb forms
Make comparisons

Unidad 5 Así quiero ser
Discuss social problems
Describe college courses and programs of study
Use subjunctive formations correctly in context

Unidad 6 ¿Cómo te entretienes?
Describe television viewing options
Create Spanish language advertising
Discuss news, media and current events

Unit Projects (1 per unit - projects may be written or oral)
Writing Assignments
Quizzes (will assess individual concepts or vocabulary)
Written Examinations (will assess use of language concepts in a given unit)

Quarter Grades:      
Formative Grades (Daily work & Assignments, In Class Activities /Participation):  60%
Summative Assessments / Projects (Unit Tests / oral & written projects):              40%    
Semester Grades:      
1st  Quarter – 42.5%                            3rd Quarter - 45%
2nd Quarter – 42.5%                            4th Quarter - 45 %
1st Semester Exam – 15%                   2nd Semester Exam – 10%
A student is required to earn a ‘C’ or better two semesters to advance to the next level of Spanish.
Daily practice assignments are graded based on completion AND accuracy.  Each assignment will be checked in class to allow students to ask questions. All daily assignments are considered due at the start of the class period. If a student struggles to complete an assignment due to difficulty level, he/she should communicate with Mrs. Kolak to request help prior to class.
Writing Assignments / Review assignments / Written and Oral Projects are awarded points based on criteria set for each individual assignment. These assignments/projects will not be accepted late for full credit.
Quizzes will be evaluated promptly and returned to students. Students will be responsible to make corrections to all quizzes. Corrected quizzes need to be shown to the teacher within one week of the quiz being returned. Quiz corrections will be considered an assignment and given a separate score and will NOT add points onto the original quiz score.
**Retaking Quizzes Students will be allowed to retake one quiz per quarter on which he/she scores lower than a C. Any retake must be completed within one week from the day that a quiz was returned to students. Students are responsible for arranging to retake quizzes and tests during study hall, SAFT, or after school.
Participation is essential to learning a language. Therefore, it is expected that students use vocabulary and language skills regularly in class. The teacher will assess in-class participation and language use. Students will also complete self assessments each quarter.

A student who is absent from class is still responsible what was missed including class notes, assignments, and quizzes or tests. He/she should make arrangements with the teacher to turn in missed work. The student should do this on the day of his/her return to school. If a student’s absence causes him/her to miss a quiz or test, he/she has two days to complete the missed quiz or test. If the student does not make arrangements to complete the missed quiz/test, the grade becomes a zero.

PLEASE CHECK Daily Activities and Assignments on Maestra McNulty’s Website calendar or GoogleClassroom:

LATE WORK POLICY – this is the Policy for ALL English and World Language courses
Late work policy regarding daily assignments:

  • Teachers will not accept late work. (Students should see their student handbook for the specific make-up work policy for students with excused absences.) However, each student will receive one “late work acceptance/exemption" per quarter that he/she may use to submit one late daily assignment for full credit. (Note: The student will submit the assignment no more than one day after the original due date, and he/she may not use the exemption for projects or review assignments.)Late work policy regarding major projects, long-term assignments, papers , etc.:

  • Major, long-term (more than two days) projects and papers, for which students receive ample time to complete, must be turned in on time. Students will not be allowed to turn in major assignments after the due date.

Because teachers provide class time for many major assignments, teachers will not accept excuses for incomplete or late work due to home computer problems or jump/flash drive problems. The only acceptable “computer problem” excuse is a server failure at school.

Many students choose to work on their assignments at home as well as in school. Students working at home should save their work to a jump/flash drive (in addition to saving it to their computer hard drive) so that (a) they have a back up file of the assignment in case something happens to their home computer, (b) they can access their file at school in order to work on it during class lab days, and (c) they can save their file in their school student folder in case they experience technical problems with their home computer.

Any student claiming to have completed an assignment at home MUST provide evidence of the completed assignment to the teacher before he/she will be allowed to use class time for any purpose other than to complete the current assignment. Evidence can include an accessible, saved file or a hard copy.

World Language semester exams are comprehensive, proficiency-based assessments that test all areas of a student’s ability to use a language for a variety of purposes, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Ensuring that a student has solidified the language and concepts studied in the first semester allows us to develop those skills more fully during the second semester. Therefore, students studying a World Language will NOT be permitted to EXEMPT the first semester exam. However, any student earning a C or better, who has missed no more than two assignments, AND who has earned an exemption through the office for second semester, will be granted the exemption.

Respecting each other in the classroom setting is extremely important and beneficial to all. It is important that each of you be responsible for your own behavior and aware of how that behavior can affect the entire class. Following rules, which require you to be more aware of your behavior, are more than classroom expectations. You will find that most workplace environments and other settings require people to abide by certain rules of respect. There will be NO TOLERANCE for harassment or disruption to learning. It is essential that ALL students feel physically safe in class as well as safe to participate in all activities without fear of intimidation or ridicule. In addition it is every student’s right to learn in a non-disruptive environment. Please take the opportunity to learn this year and to allow others around you to have the same opportunity without interference.
SHOW RESPECT to each other and our classroom with the following behavior:

  •  Be in class on time, ready to work every day.**Students should have all materials out and easily accessible as not to waste time digging through backpacks in class.

  •  Remove caps / hats before entering classroom and keep them put away for the entire

  • time students are in the classroom.

  •  Have a positive attitude and a willingness to work in class.

  •  Greet each other appropriately.

  •  Call students and teachers by proper names.

  •  Have materials every day.

  •  Use appropriate language. Refrain from speaking poorly and using language in a negative manner.

  •  Refrain from eating food or candy, chewing gum, and drinking soda, energy drinks,

  • sport drinks, coffee or tea. *Water is permitted.

  •  Wait to be dismissed by the teacher each day.

  •  Keep the area around your desk neat. Put away anything you used.

  •  Demonstrate ethical behavior. The following behavior is unethical and will NOT be

  • tolerated and could result in 0 credit for all students involved:

  •  Cheating

  •  Using an online translator to write a composition or dialogue. (work will earn 0 credit) **Occasionally may be used to look for individual words.

Being in class on time and ready to learn is essential. When students arrive tardy to class without a pass from a teacher or the office, it will be marked in the attendance program. The following consequences will be on a per quarter basis.
1st Tardy – Warning
2nd Tardy – 15 minutes before or after school or a SAFT period with teacher
3rd + Tardy - Office Referral will be sent to the administrator

Cell phones are to be SILENCED and STORED or placed in classroom phone caddy unless otherwise instructed. Students will be given one warning if a phone sounds during class or is not properly stored during class time. After the first warning, device will be given to the office and be subject to the policy in the WHS Student Handbook


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