• Spanish 1 Syllabus 2019 - 2020

    Teacher: Señora Cameron Room 251, extension #: 5286

    Email: acameron@goaj.org     Spanish 1 periods: 1, 2,3, 6 and 7

    google classroom code:dyeamj1     Prep 5th hour


    Course Description

    In Spanish I, students will focus on basic vocabulary and literacy skills. In addition to learning new vocabulary students will also learn basic grammar concepts, much like they did when they learned how to read and write in English. Students are expected to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish (with guidance) and will strive to develop a novice-low to novice-mid proficiency and literacy in Spanish. In order to appreciate the language, we will also focus our curriculum on Spanish-speaking countries and cultures and make comparisons and connections to student backgrounds and experiences. Anyone is welcome to take Spanish 1, however, it is not recommended for native Spanish-speakers looking for an “easy A.” Because Spanish is a language class, literacy will be the main focus.


    Spanish Credits

    Students must receive a 60.0% or higher each semester in order to receive credit for completing Spanish 1. Students will earn one half credit for Spanish 1A (fall semester) and one half credit for Spanish 1B (Spring semester). If a student’s grade at the end of the semester is less than 60.0%, the student will need to re-take that semester during a new school year in order to receive the credit. It is not recommended for students who have failed either semester to proceed to Spanish 2 without passing both semesters of Spanish 1.


    University Requirements

    Spanish 1 is an elective course that is not required for high school graduation. It is typically taken because many state universities recommend taking 2 consecutive years as preparation for college coursework that university-level students encounter. It is highly recommended that if you are taking Spanish in preparation for college that you check the requirements of university/ies you are interested in attending before taking it because you thought you had to.



    In this class, students will do the following in Spanish:

    • LISTEN and understand basic Spanish phrases.
    • SPEAK to present memorized and rehearsed information. (Skits, songs, etc.) and respond to what others are asking in Spanish.
    • READ and comprehend sentences and small paragraphs.
    • WRITE to communicate meaning and show mastery of grammar concepts.


    Course Standards

    • IC.NL.1. Communicate on some very familiar topics using single words and phrases that have been practiced and learned. 
    • IL.NH.1. Understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life; sometimes understand the main topic of what is heard.
    • IR.NM.1. Recognize and understand some characters, words, and phrases. 
    • PS.NL.1. Present information about self and other familiar topics using single words or practiced phrases.
    • PW.NH.1. Write short messages and notes using phrases and simple sentences on topics related to everyday life.
    • CUL.N.11. Recognize basic practices, products, and perspectives of cultures where the target language is spoken (e.g., greetings, holiday celebrations, body language, gestures, traditions). 
    • CON.n.1. Identify and use familiar vocabulary and phrases in the target language supported by resources (e.g., maps, graphs, visuals, audio, digital media) to reinforce prior knowledge and make connections to new knowledge of familiar topics in other content areas (e.g., geography, history, arts, math, science).


    Course Content -  Throughout the year we will cover the following topics: (order will vary) 

    • Greetings and Farewells
    • Useful words and phrases
    • Alphabet
    • Numbers
    • Colors
    • Calendar/time
    • Shapes
    • Family and Pets
    • School and Classroom objects
    • Parts of the body
    • Clothing
    • Seasons/weather
    • Countries and Capitals
    • Important cultural holidays
    • Grammar: 
    • gender and number agreement
    • Present and simple future tenses
    • Parts of Speech: subjects, nouns, adjective, *verbs, pronouns
    • The irregular verbs: querer, tener, doler, gustar, ser, ir, estar

    Required Materials:

    To be ready for class each day and earn your participation points you MUST have:


    • Chromebook-Charged (or with your charger)


      • Your Spanish Notebook:  A composition notebook with 100 pages - NO SPIRAL please


    • A blue/black ink pen OR a pencil
    • A folder or something to keep papers in


    *appreciated classroom donations to share:

    • Kleenex boxes
    • EXPO whiteboard markers

    Suggested materials:

    • A folder or binder to keep organized
    • Glue sticks 
    • Loose leaf paper. No torn edges please.
    • Whiteout - we all make mistakes
    • Headphones* (during teacher approval)
    • Colored pencils crayons or markers for in-class projects
    • 4 different colored highlighters
    • Personal EXPO marker for extra credit opportunities

    There is an area in the front of the classroom designated for materials to be borrowed from students during class. If you find yourself in need of materials please use the materials from this area and not from the teacher’s desk.  Please return them as you found them or they will not be available in the future. 


    Attendance Policy

    It is extremely difficult to learn a foreign language without dedicating time to practice it. Absences equally affect a student’s ability to learn and practice the language, regardless of reason for not being in class. Therefore, when students are not in attendance, they will not be awarded participation points since the student was not there to participate.


    Makeup Work/ Late Assignment Policy

    All work is done in class. There should not be a reason that a student should turn anything in late, if he or she is in attendance. If something is turned in after the assignments were already collected, the assignment will automatically be worth 50% of what is earned. Few exceptions are listed below:

    • Previous arrangements with the teacher
    • Excused Absence: The student is expected to complete anything missed in class for homework the day the student comes back. The school policy is one day to complete the assignment per every day that is missed. Anything past the 1/day per day rule will be scored as 50% of earned grade.
    • Unexcused Absence: NO grade will be accepted until the absence is excused. This is especially true for tests and projects. All grades during absent days will remain a ZERO until the absence is excused.
    • If student work has already been returned to other classmates, the student can request an alternate assignment. If other students have the correct answers, the assignment can easily be copied from others and is therefore pointless to accept as a grade.

    Behavior Policy and Expectations


    • NO CELL PHONES. AJHS School policy is that cell phones are to be off and away. If the teacher sees a phone, she will take it and give it to the office. A hierarchy of penalties with each offense will determine when the student will receive the phone back and whether or not the student will be suspended. Students phones must be away which means zipped or snapped inside of a bag. Phones in student’s pockets, laps, books or other easily accessible places will not be tolerated.


    • Show up to class before the final bell rings, prepared, and PRESENT. Just because your body is here, does not mean that you are.
    • RESPECT the teacher, your peers, class materials and furniture, and most importantly: yourself.
    • Do your own work. Using resources not specifically designated by the teacher will earn you a zero (ex: translators, other students, family and friends, your phone, etc). If you need help, please ask the teacher and not others around you. All participants suspected of copying will receive a zero.

    Behavior Policy and Expectations (continued)

    • Stay seated in your assigned seat unless otherwise instructed. Temporary or permanent seat changes must be authorized by the teacher.
    • If something is not yours, do not touch it without permission from the owner. Please do not take any items from the teachers desk or come behind her desk for any reason.
    • During all quizzes and tests nothing should be on your desk besides water, a writing utensil and the quiz/test. All visible study materials will be considered cheating, whether or not the student was using them.
    • Eyes and ears must be seen at all times. Students will refrain from wearing hoods, beanies, sunglasses or any other accessories that may interfere with the student’s ability to pay attention.
    • The only food/beverage objects students are allowed to have in class are pure WATER and GUM. All other snacks will be confiscated and students will receive a referral to the office.
    • Headphones will be permitted for use occasionally with teacher permission. Phones still need to be put away. Students may spend one minute at the beginning of the allowed activity to choose a playlist to listen to. Once their activity has begun, aany visible phones will be taken away.
    • In order to leave class for any reason, students must sign out and carry an appropriate pass. Students will only be awarded 7 passes per semester, with the exception of emergency situations.

    Daily Agenda:

      • Come into class and sit in your ASSIGNED seat. There will be times when you may move seats, however, you have to wait until the teacher makes that call. Moving seats without permission will prevent you from earning participation points and you will be marked absent.
      • Get prepared. Always have your Spanish Notebook, charged Chromebook and something to write with. If you need a pencil, you may borrow one from Señora Cameron in exchange for your cell phone.
      • Calentamiento - As soon as class begins, follow the instructions on the board and begin working. You must validly attempt all 5 questions on your own in order to receive 3 of your daily points. Copying or not completing some or all questions will affect your participation points.
      • After the Calentamiento, we will go over the answers either orally or on the board. It is expected that you make corrections to your own work or you will not receive credit for the warm up. If I give you the right answers each day, I expect for them to be correct when turned in. Each week, one sentence is randomly selected and that determines the students grade for that week. If students are not correcting their work, even one error could earn that student a zero for that side.
      • DVQ - We will have a vocabulary quiz every day on 5 of the vocabulary words from that unit. Students with excused absences are responsible make the quizzes up OUTSIDE OF CLASS. Señora Cameron is available every day before and after school, NOT during lunch.


    • Daily Activity will be explained to the students once DVQs are collected. Students are expected to follow directions and give their best attempt at the activity or they will be asked to leave.


    Bathroom and Off-day Passes

    All students will need to ask to go to the bathroom in Spanish, sign out on the clipboard and carry the pink “hall pass” lanyard. In addition to the sign out procedure, you must get one of your bathroom boxes signed off in your notebook. You will be awarded 7 passes per semester to allow you to leave the classroom for any reason. After all passes are used, parent will contacted if more are needed. All unused passes are extra credit on finals

    • You may not leave in the first or last 10 minutes of class. Please plan accordingly.
    • You have 7 minutes from when you sign out to return to class or I will make you go get a tardy pass
    • Only person is permitted to be out of the classroom at a time. Cell phones stay in class.
    • Misused passes will result in a referral and cause the rest of the students passes to be revoked.
    • You must have your notebook pass signed in order to leave during class for any reason. 

    Students will also be given one “off-day” pass per semester. 

    • This pass will excuse the student from assignments and all other obligations for that day only. All missed work for the “off day” is due the following day. DVQs, Quizzes & Tests ARE NOT EXCUSED and must be done on off-day.
    • Off days require the student to be seated and quiet. Students may use their “off day” to make up other classwork,  sit out of an activity or do something else approved by the teacher. Students may NOT use their off day for playing on their cell phones or computers, leaving the classroom or laying on the floor. 


    Grading System Breakdown:


    Participation Points (10%)

    Students receive part of their grade simply by being prepared for class and giving valid attempts at classroom activities everyday. Since listening and being able to follow directions is a crucial part of language development, the students will also be graded on their preparation and willingness to TRY something new.

    Students will earn 5 Participation Points per day in the following ways:

    • Arriving BEFORE the final bell rings
    • Arriving prepared (with a pencil, notebook, charged chromebook and all materials asked for)
    • Physically and mentally present in class (whether excused or not)
    • Staying on-task after being warned
    • Following  behavior expectations in the classroom
    • Answering ALL 5 warm up questions with VALID attempts (must try
    • Attempting to sing, play games, complete the activity assigned BEFORE wasting time
    • Electronic use only when authorized (phones, headphones, chromebooks, etc)
    • Using appropriate language and behavior

    Students can earn EXTRA Participation Points through academic merit in the following ways:

    • Volunteering to write a sentence on the board after warm ups
    • Trying to use current vocabulary with Señora outside of class
    • Catching typos/errors
    • Asking legitimate questions about spanish grammar or vocabulary
    • Winning language games/competitions
    • Helping the teacher
    • Writing flashcards for the current unit

    * extra credit points are limited to 10 per week to create equal opportunities for all students

    Classwork/Projects (warm ups, in-class practices and other assignments) (15%)

    All assignments are to be completed IN CLASS in order to discourage the use of outside sources (translators, Spanish-speaking friends, copying, etc.). Students who do not finish their work in the designated time will be given the opportunity to come in at lunch or before or after school for tutoring within 24 hours to finish the assignment. 

    Spanish Notebook (10%)

    Spanish notebooks will include a copy of the students vocabulary lists, grammar notes, culture activities and important class documents. The students’ notebook is the single most crucial object that the student complete during Spanish 1. It is a year long project which will be checked at sporadically for completion (all or nothing).  Students will be given a list of expected materials to complete with an opportunity to pre-check it for a week prior to the due date. Complete notebooks that are checked late will be scored as 50%. If ANYTHING is missing the student will receive and “ïncomplete” grade until it is done.

    Quizzes (DVQs and other written quizzes) (10%)

    DVQs and other quizzes are designed to be used as a self-assessment. Students are not assigned homework, but instead are expected to study for DVQs every night. DVQ specific rules can be found in the back of the student notebook.

    Speaking (I can statements and other verbal activities) (15%)

    Speaking is our major goal for Spanish 1. Students will be given assignments and opportunities to practice speaking before being assessed. I Can Statements have specific guidelines and expectations located on the back of the sheet.

    Tests (20%)

    Students can expect to be formally tested about once per month on each units vocabulary, grammar and culture concepts. Most test questions are previously presented in class either through warm ups, review games or directly out their notes. As the year progresses, the students can expect to see more complex sentences in which they will need to know all previously taught vocabulary and apply the grammar rules they have learn up to that point. This means that although tests will focus on the current unit, the class continues to build upon previous information and each test will include topics from ALL previous units that the students have learned thus far.

    Finals (3: comprehensive, vocab and speaking) (20%)

    There are 3 shorter finals given at the end of each semester to emphasize the major modes of communication:

    1. Comprehensive - Focuses on grammatical concepts, culture and geography and basic vocabulary and tests how well students are able to put what we have learned together. .
    2. Vocabulary - Focuses on the basic vocabulary necessary to move onto the next levels of Spanish.Students with a grade of 95% or better are excused
    3. Speaking - Focuses on the student’s ability to listen to a question in Spanish and respond appropriately by speaking a valid answer pronounced correctly.


    Thank you, Señora Cameron


    480-982-1110  extension 5286