Spanish III Honors

 
 

Class Description:

Spanish III Honors--- Sra. Kelly Robinson, Rm. 321

Spanish III Honors is an elective class that will further prepare the student for real-life interactions in Spanish language. This class is also a prerequisite for Spanish IV Honors and/or AP Spanish. The class will consist of higher-level listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises as well as dealing with advanced grammatical structures and high-level vocabulary lists. Students are strongly encouraged to speak Spanish in the classroom as much as possible when dealing with each other or with me. Students need to be aware that reasonable out-of-class time will have to be devoted to this subject in order to be successful in this class. Students in Spanish III will take the National Spanish Exam in the spring.  There are awards and possible travel scholarships available to very high winners.


Expectations

Please remember that to be successful in honors and AP level classes, you must focus not only on the grades you would like to earn, but also on other factors such as attitude and willingness to participate. This is an elective class; I expect you to present yourself as pleasant, eager to learn, to participate in class activities, and to work well with others.  I expect everyone to listen when I am speaking, to follow directions, to complete all homework and class assignments, and study for tests and quizzes. I also expect you to listen when I am speaking with others during class. In this class there will be a lot of verbal practice, between pairs or groups of students and between the teacher and a student.  During these exercises, I expect you to remain on task and try to improve your skills as much as possible. By doing these things, you will succeed in this class.  I expect you to take responsibility for yourself and your actions, and I expect you to do what it takes to LEARN.


You should be disciplining yourself in class; I should not have to discipline you and will not be pleased if I have to spend our valuable time correcting your behavior or your attitude in class.  If I must take action, the steps will be to conference with the student first, then involve a guidance officer and/or make a call to the parent, then write a referral.  Outlandish behavior or cursing will be addressed by an immediate referral. I hope and expect never to have to take these actions in this class.


Class Materials 

All students will be expected to have all books and workbooks, notebook, paper, and pens/pencils every day. For this class, you will need a 3-ring binder, whether soft cover or hard (it is fine with me if this is a shared notebook with another class; just keep it organized).  You should have dividers for the following:

1) Vocabulary  (for lists and practice exercises);

2)  Grammar (for notes & worksheets handed out); 

3) Writing (for journals & other writing assignments); and  

4) Listening (for listening sheets & any Destinos sheets given).


***You should have already purchased the supplementary book for this class and should bring it to class everyday, or when told to do so: SPANISH Two YEARS WORKBOOK NASSI/LEVY  ISNB #: 1486801. Cost is $16.00.

If you have not, this can be purchased by going to http://www.amscopub.com/ . In the Search box to the left, change “Title” to “ISBN / Item #) and type in the ISNB number given above.


There will be weekly vocabulary quizzes from the National Spanish Exam lists online and from the textbook. Online lists may be printed off and given to you in class but will certainly be sent out on email. You should have a printed copy in your notebook of each list we have, especially the current one.


Class Fees

Fees for this class will be $5. This will cover the cost of the National Spanish Exam, which all Spanish honors students take in April.


Grading

Grading scale:   A= 93-100 / B = 85-92/ C = 75-84 / D = 70- 74 / F = 69

Grading is on a total points system.  Major tests are worth 100 pt; quizzes can be anywhere from 10 pts. to 80 pts.  Homework can be 10 to 20 pts, with points deducted for inferior quality work or for lateness. Work at home is an important part of mastering a language, so please take homework assignments seriously and turn them in completed and on time. It is very important that you always know your grade, so please user your information and check PowerSchool frequently.


Make Up Procedures/Late Work

It is the student's responsibility to inquire after and make up all missing assignments. You should always check with me any time you are absent to see what assignment, quiz, or test you may have missed and to schedule a time to make it up.  If you are present on the day of a test that was announced on a day you were present, you must take the test, no matter if you missed the day before.  If you miss an episode of Destinos, you must view the missed episode online (www.learner.org, or look for the “Watch Destinos” link on my website) and make up any follow-up assignment BEFORE the next viewed class episode, or you will receive a “0” on that assignment.


Class Time

All students should be in their seats when the tardy bell rings.  Once the tardy bell rings, you should immediately start on the bell work.  You should go to the bathroom, sharpen pencils, and obtain necessary materials between classes or before the bell rings. Class will usually begin with some type of bell work: vocabulary words, sentence creations, some type of listening assignment, a journal entry, etc.  Make sure you check the screen or chalkboard as soon as you come into class. 


 Discipline Plan

Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated, whether toward the teacher or toward your classmates.


RULES:

Follow all Arlington High School rules!  (no hats, radios, CD’s, gum, cards, etc.)

1. Follow directions.

2. No profanity, teasing, or bullying of others will be tolerated.

3. No talking when the teacher is talking.

4. Be on time and prepared for class with notebook, textbook, paper, and

        pencil/pen (black or blue ink only).                                          

  1. 5. Stay in your assigned seat during class.

  2. 6.Phones should be out of sight and silenced in class unless I direct otherwise. Absolutely no texting in class.

     

Rewards

    1. Verbal praise.

    2. Possible shortening of homework/ assignments.

    3.  The best reward of all:  LEARNING.

   

Consequences

1. Warning.                                             3.  Phone Call to Parent/ Guardian

  1. 2.Teacher/ Student Conference.          4. Discipline Referral sent to grade                       

                                                                            level administrator.  


  The following will result in an immediate referral:     

1.  profanity                        3.   leaving class without permission                                                                     

2.  fighting                        4.  extreme insubordination                                                                    

                                                  

My goal with this class is to make it as enjoyable as possible.  Learning a foreign language is an exciting and fun prospect, as is learning about other cultures and peoples. I hope to prepare you to use your language in real-life situations and perhaps even to encourage you to consider international travel as an additional way to extend your knowledge of this language.

I am looking forward to the year with you; I hope you are excited about this class as well!


Sra. Robinson