Capítulo 8

Español III - Honors
Course Outline
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of Spanish III-H is to gain intermediate proficiency in
communicating in Spanish through the development of listening, speaking, reading and
writing skills. Students will practice and refine these skills in various contexts while
studying key vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for personal
communication. Students will gain a greater awareness and understanding of cultural
issues through the study of contemporary topics pertinent to Spanish-speaking
cultures in our modern global society.
TEXT: Realidades 3 by Boyles, Met and Sayers, Prentice Hall Publishing
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS: Realidades 3 Student workbook of practice activities,
Laboratory Program CDs, Video Program and Web Site ( as well as
poems, songs, magazine, newspaper and Internet articles from various sources
Content and Chapter Objectives:
Para empezar : August/September
 Talk about school and non-school daily activities
 Describe your day before and after school
 Talk about weekend activities
 Describe special events and celebrations
 Review regular and irregular verbs
 Review stem-changing verbs
 Review reflexive verbs
 Review gustar and verbs like gustar
 Review possessive adjectives
 Review regular and irregular verbs in the pretérito
Capítulo 1: September/October
 Describe a visit to a national park
 Talk about school competitions
 Express emotions regarding an event
 Narrate an event in the past
 Understand cultural perspectives of family outings
 Review of the pretérito
 Review of the Imperfecto
 Outdoor life vocabulary
Capítulo 2: November/December
 Talk about the arts
 Give and opinion about a work of art
 Relate the arts to your own experience
 Describe how people express themselves
 Narrate events in the past
 Discuss some important artists of the Spanish-speaking world
 Adjective agreement
 Comparisons and contrasts
 Pretérito versus Imperfecto
 Ser versus Estar
 Vocabulary – obras de arte, music, drama, dance performances, art reviews
Capítulo 3: January
 Talk about symptoms and remedies
 Give advice about health and nutrition
 Express how you feel under certain circumstances
 Tell others what to do
 Understand cultural perspectives about health, physical fitness and nutrition
 Vocabulary – food, physical fitness equipment, exercises to stay fit, giving advice
 Direct and Indirect pronouns
 Affirmative and negative formal and informal commands
 The subjunctive tense
Capítulo 4: February
 Express how you relate to friends and family
 Explain what is needed to maintain friendships
 Express how you feel under certain circumstances
 Talk about family conflicts and how to resolve them
 Understand cultural perspectives on dealing with friends and family
 Vocabulary – hobbies and characteristics, love and friendship, personality
 Reflexive and possessive pronouns
 Uses of por and para
 Nosotros commands
Capítulo 5: March
 Talk about ways of getting a job
 Describe skills and abilities needed to perform a job
 Talk about opportunities for volunteer work in your community
 Explain how you can help your community
 Understand cultural perspectives on dealing with student jobs and volunteer
 Vocabulary- work and the community, getting a job, interview techniques
 Present perfect tense, pluscumperfecto tense (past perfect)
 Present perfect of the subjunctive tense
 Adjectives and demonstrative pronouns
Capítulo 6: April
 Talk about careers and professions
 Talk about plans for the future
 Explain the impact f science and technology in our lives
 Understand cultural perspectives on jobs and technologies
 Vocabulary- areas of work and professions, technological advances
 Saber versus conocer
 Se personal
 Future tense
 Future perfect tense
Capítulo 7: May
 Describe what archaeologists do
 Identify and describe some extraordinary phenomena
 Give your opinion about mysterious events
 Talk about contributions of the Maya and Aztec civilizations
 Compare some myths and legends from the Spanish-speaking world with those
of the United States
 Vocabulary – travel
Negative formation
Present and present perfect subjunctive with doubt
Pero and sino contrasted
Subjunctive in adverbial clauses
Capítulo 8
 Describe how different cultures interact
 Talk about the fusion of cultures in Spain before 1492
 Talk about fusion of different cultures in the Americas after the Europeans
 Understand cultural perspectives on dealing with ethnic groups in the
United States
 Vocabulary – interrogatives, art and commercialism
 The conditional tense
 The imperfect subjunctive tense, with if clauses
Capítulo 9
 Talk about environmental concerns in the community
 Discuss how to solve local and global environmental concerns
 Express attitudes and opinions about the environment
 Understand cultural perspectives on dealing with conservation and the
 Vocabulary – environmental issues, measures to protect the environment and
endangered species
 Verbs like gustar
 Uses of definite articles
 Subjunctive versus indicative
Capítulo 10
 Talk about rights and responsibilities at home and in school
 Discuss the rights in society guaranteed by the US Constitution
 Talk about the role of government
 Learn what young people think about the world problems they face and
solutions they propose
 Understand cultural perspectives on rights and responsibilities
 Vocabulary – protecting the community, children’s rights, parent’s rights
 Pretérito versus imperfecto
 Passive voice
 Present and imperfect of subjunctive
 Past perfect of subjunctive
 Conditional perfect
 Spanish in the community
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