Spanish I
Welcome to Spanish I!

Ms. Scislowicz

Room 226

Spanish I

Course Description:

This course focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking the basic components of Spanish. We will explore the contexts of the language as well as various Spanish-speaking countries and cultures around the world.

Course Activities:

Testing will take place at the end of various units.

Vocabulary quizzes will take place after each introduction to a unit.

Homework will be assigned, on average, 3 to 4 times a week.

There will be projects and/or skits included at the end of units.

Participation is expected in all classroom activities since this is a language course.

Required materials: Realidades textbook, pen, pencil, one 3-ring binder (big enough to hold quizzes, tests, and homework.

Class Rules/ Expectations

  • Be Present: Arrive on time, attend regularly, stay awake, listen to directions, remain in your seat until the bell rings

  • Be Respectful: Listen to others and speak when appropriate, maintain an appropriate tone when speaking to me and your classmates.

  • Be Responsible: Know when assignments are due, email major assignments/papers when absent, check the website and absent work folder when you miss class, Late work will not be accepted.

  • Be Prepared: Bring required materials with you- pen/pencil, notebook, book, flash drive, etc

  • Be Accountable: Do your part during group assignments, use class time wisely when working on projects, accept responsibility for your own mistakes and learn from them, complete assignments for this class before working on homework for other classes.

  • Be Tidy: Pick up after yourself- papers, water bottles, gum wrappers, broken pens and pencils, etc.

  • Ask For Help: If you feel overwhelmed, see me! I’m here to help you learn, not ruin your grade point!

  • Be Honest: Make sure the work you turn in is your own. You are better off turning something in that is yours and getting partial credit then cheating and getting a zero.

Plagiarism: Taking credit for someone else’s work or ideas, submitting a piece of work, which in part or whole is not entirely the student’s own work without fully and accurately attributing those same portions to their correct source. In other words, do not copy someone else’s writing and try and pass it off as your own. **Google Translate and other translators (for more than looking up single words or phrases) are considered sources of plagiarism and will include the following consequence:

  • An automatic “E” for the assignment, detention, and possible consequences regarding membership in academic organizations such as NHS.

Grading Scale

A: 93-100% C+: 77-79% D-: 60-62%

A-: 90-92% C:   73-76% E:   50-59%

B+: 87-89% C-: 70-72%

B: 83-86% D+: 67-69%

B-: 80-82% D:   63-66%

Layout of the Class:

  • Diarios - Your diario is your daily work that is worth 5 points per day. At the end of two weeks, I will collect them for a total of 50 points.

  • Chapter Packets - Your chapter packets for each unit is the principal resource for vocabulary and grammar material. Make sure you DO NOT LOSE them and keep all previous packets because language builds on itself so you will need to reference them often.

  • Vocabulary Quizzes - You will be quizzed on the vocabulary words for each Chapter after a week or so of learning and using the words in class. Making flashcards, writing out vocabulary words on a piece of paper over and over, or using or the app Quizlet are great ways to study vocabulary words. If you struggle with learning new vocabulary words, come talk to me and we will figure out a way to help you learn best.

  • Chapter Quizzes/Tests - You will always be aware of any quizzes at least 3 or 4 days ahead of time and at least a week ahead of time for tests.

  • Cultural Lesson Quizzes - Every couple weeks or every month, you will have a mini-quiz on something culture-related. I may give a presentation about a Spanish-speaking country or aspect of the culture and then give a quiz the next day about the main facts of the presentation.

  • Participation - Since this is a language class, I need to hear you speak Spanish! Participation points will be given every marking period based on the following:

    • Do I arrive to class on time AND am I prepared with all necessary materials?

    • Do I try to volunteer at least once a day or a couple times a week to speak?

    • Do I stay on task when working with partners or in a group?

    • Do I try my best to speak/write in Spanish when asked?

If you can answer YES to a majority of these questions, you will receive in the A/B range for participation points. If you cannot, your participation point grade will reflect that.

***I will ALWAYS be available before school (6:45 am) and after school (until 3:00 pm) for extra help or questions. Feel free to stop by if you need help, want to chat in Spanish, or just want to visit. :) ¡Gracias!

Señorita Scislowicz