Syllabus - Rocklin High School

Rocklin High School
Kristy Ramos
Foreign Language Department
Room: R 25 Office Hours: by appointment; before & after school
(916) 632-1600 ext. 6225
[email protected]
Spanish Two Advanced Course Syllabus
Course Prerequisite: A Freshman or Sophomore with an A in Spanish 1 or the written approval of instructor.
Course Description: Spanish Two Advanced is an advanced yearlong course designed for ninth and/or tenth graders in order
to expand upon all four realms of foreign language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will strengthen grammar
and vocabulary with depth and complexity at an accelerated pace. Students will also be engaged in activities that advance
speaking, listening, and writing skills. Students are expected to participate and learn the language by speaking it in class as much
as possible. Spanish II Advanced is a rigorous college preparatory class designed for college and university bound students.
Please do not consider it an ‘elective’ for which you don’t need to study or work. You will need to continually study and practice
outside of the classroom to be successful. Class time will be spent with a wealth of opportunities to practice Spanish. Come
prepared and ready to engage!
Grading Policy: All students need to demonstrate mastery of the essential skills and earn a minimum of 70% of the total points for
a ‘C,’ 80% for a ‘B,’ and 90% for an ‘A.’ Grades are weighted: 60 % assessments, 20 % quizzes /free writes /or projects, and 20 %
daily language activity. Dates of all upcoming quizzes and tests are posted at the beginning of the unit. IT IS THE STUDENT’S
RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS MISSED DURING AN ABSENCE. Please use Edline to check grades and Schoology to
find any daily work missed (on the calendar).
Course Content: Spanish Two Advanced consists of five units per semester. Each unit is comprised of a variety of activities that
help to master the Spanish language, as well as opportunities to explore Spanish speaking cultures.
•Flash cards: Students will need to make flash cards for the unit vocabulary and use the flash cards as a study aid. Vocabulary lists are
available online. Flash cards: Vocabulary flash cards are assigned after the start of each unit. Diligent students use flashcards as a study
aid for vocabulary quizzes as well as a review for unit tests. Full credit will be awarded to flashcards that are completed with a blue or
black ink pen on 3 by 5 note cards, with student’s initials written on the upper right hand corner of each card. No credit will be awarded
for flash cards that are turned in late, made on cut paper, recycled, in pencil, or by printing the online version of the vocabulary list.
•Oral Practice – Students will need to speak Spanish during classroom activities. Participation in this area will be assessed one on one
with the teacher, in peer groups and as a class.
•Written Practice – This consists of both in-class activities, writing assignments, free writes, and daily homework assignments in our
•Culture – Students will need to demonstrate understanding of the Hispanic culture through various classroom and community activities
and projects.
•Listening or Speaking Quiz – Students will be formally assessed with either an individual or group listening or speaking quiz.
•Vocabulary Quiz – Required thematic unit vocabulary will be assessed each unit with a formal quiz. Quizzes go from Spanish to
English. Vocabulary is also tested on the UNIT ASSESSMENTS English to Spanish.
•Unit Assessment – Students will demonstrate mastery of unit concepts with cumulating projects, activities and written tests that include
reading, writing, speaking and listening.
 Communication
In order to have a truly successful student, school to home communication is vital. To facilitate such task, I maintain a Spanish
2 ADV webpage. RHS is in the process of changing some sites and incorporating some new technology. For right now the
URL is ; However, the district is in the process of rolling over
to a new site which should be: 2 ADV I will send out an email when the new
webpage site rolls over. I send an e-mail at the start of each unit with a short unit description and important dates, and I
update grades online with Edline on a regular basis. I will also be using Reminder 101 which sends out “text” reminders.
Also, I will be using the Schoology calendar. If your student is absent, he/she can access that from home, print out the
documents, and complete them so he/she doesn’t fall behind.. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns you
might have. I look forward to a great 2013-2014 school year.
*Please e-mail the following information to Mrs. Ramos as acknowledgement that you have read and understood the course
content, expectations, and class procedures. E-mail me at [email protected] so that I can add you to my Spanish One
distribution list. Please include: student’s first and last names, period, and your name. If your student has a personal email
account and would like to be added, I can do that also.
Grading Policy and System:
There are eight reports mailed home each school year, but we also maintain our grades on the ed line
page. You can check your student’s grades on line. I update grades daily. In addition, I send home unit
emails with important dates.
In order to pass Spanish you need to master all essential skills and have at least 70% of the total points.
Unit Assessments have essential skills on them. All other assignments are important to learning, but not
essential skills. However, each assignment has been developed to practice a skill on the assessments so not
doing them diligently will have an effect on the overall grade. If a student needs to retake one or more
essential skills the teacher will direct them on how to relearn the material and retest on those skills. This
process will ensure learning the material; however, the assessment grade will not be changed. Therefore,
it is important to study hard the first time because skills spiral and build on each other. No late work will be
accepted. If a student is absent from class, it is his/her responsibility to email or talk with the teacher. A
student is responsible for the learning and the work that went on in class even though he/she was
absent. Often times, an email to the teacher could result in the teacher emailing the work home so that
the student returns to class the next time and is not behind. . The student is to make up all non-essential
skill quizzes the day he/she returns. After that time frame, the “absent” score will be replaced with a “0”. If
a student is absent on a test day, he/she is required to take it upon his/her return. All of our tests are
announced with lots of time in advance to prepare.
Academic Integrity Policy:
Definition: Cheating is taking (or lending) at inappropriate times a person’s work, information, or ideas.
The teacher’s professional judgment will determine whether cheating has occurred. Students are
reminded not to give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation. Violations will result in a zero
on the assignment. If the assignment does not include essential skills, the points can not be made up. If the
assignment in question includes essential skills, those skills can be reassessed in an alternate manner. The
alternate assessment will only be worth 70% of the value of the original assignment. Additional
repercussions will be incurred as outlined in the Academic Integrity policy which can be found in the
student handbook.
Essential Skills for Spanish Two Advanced
1. Regular Present Conjugations
2. Irregular Present Conjugations
3. Stem-Changing Present Conjugations
1. Regular Imperfect Conjugations
4. Irregular ‘” Yo “ Present Conjugations
2. Irregular Imperfect Conjugations
5. Regular Present Progressive Conjugations
3. Uses of Imperfect Tense
6. Irregular Present Progressive Conjugations
4. Compare & Contrast Preterit & Imperfect
7. Stem-Changing Pres. Prog. Conjugations
5. Direct Object Pronoun Usage
8. Spell-Changing Pres. Prog. Conjugations
6. Direct Object Pronoun Placement
9. Regular Future Indicative Conjugations
7. Indirect Object Pronoun Usage
10. Irregular Future Indicative Conjugations
8. Indirect Object Pronoun Placement
11. Regular Preterit Conjugations
9. Regular Affirmative ‘Tú’ Commands
12. Stem-Changing Preterit Conjugations
10. Irregular Affirmative ‘Tú’ Commands
13. Spell-Changing Preterit Conjugations
11. Pronoun Placement with Affirm. ‘Tú’
Commands and accent marks
14. Irregular Preterit Conjugations
15. Uses of Preterit
12. Regular Negative ‘Tú’ Commands
13. Irregular Negative ‘Tú’ Commands
14. Pronoun Placement with Neg. ‘Tú’