Kesler, Vicky - Yukon Public Schools

Course Title: AP SPANISH
Señora Kesler
School Phone: 354-6692 X 2683
Planning Period:
Time Available for extra help:
after school by appointment
Course Description & Objectives:
This course is designed for students who wish to further improve their speaking and listening
abilities, strengthen their reading and composition skills and broaden their knowledge of Hispanic
literature and culture. In order to further strengthen speaking and listening proficiency, the class is
conducted primarily in Spanish and students are encouraged to practice the target language
consistently with their teacher, peers, and within the community. To improve written expression,
the students study and practice the elements of essay writing. (A research project/book report is
assigned in the fall and spring terms.) To achieve a high level of reading ability the students read,
translate and analyze selected short stories, poems and plays. In order to reinforce grammatical
concepts, a comprehensive review of grammar (parts of speech) will be undertaken. This course is
intended for qualified students who seek to prepare for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language
AP Spanish IV is designed for the development of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening,
reading and writing through the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and
Presentational). The goal of this course is for the student to attain a strong level of proficiency in the
four communicative skills and be successful on the AP Spanish Language Exam.
Course Outline
1st Semester
Summer assignments
Grammar Review: Rules for accents, Present Indicative, Imperfect, Preterite , Future Tense, Ser vs.
Estar, Por vs. Para, Subjunctive w/impersonal expressions, Object Pronouns, Past participle, Preterite
Perfect, Pluperfect
Thematic Unit 1: Las identidades personales y públicas: Personal beliefs, Personal Interest, SelfImage, National and Ethnic identities Alienation and Assimilation
Readings: Cajas de cartón
Thematic Unit 2: Las familias y las comunidades: Customs and Values, Family Structure,
Childhood & Adolescence
Thematic Unit 3: La Vida Contemporánea: Education and Careers, Travel and Leisure, Lifestyles
2nd Semester
Grammar Review: Conditional Tense, Future Perfect, Subjunctive vs. Indicative, Command Forms,
Imperfect Subjunctive
Thematic Unit 4: Los desafíos mundiales: Economic issues, Environmental Issues, Health Care and
Thematic Unit 5: La ciencia y la tecnología: Access to Technology, Effects of Technology on Self
and Society, Science and Ethics
Thematic Unit 6: La Belleza y la estética: Defining Beauty, Defining Creativity, Visual and
Performing Arts
** Suggested lessons above are subject to change
** Outline does not include supplemental readings and special class projects
1. 2” 3 Ring Binder
2. 6 Divider Tabs
3. Regular loose leaf notebook paper
4. Spanish/English dictionary
5. Pens, Pencils, colored pencils, highlighter, expo marker
6. Barrons 501 Spanish Verb book, highly suggested but not required (can be found at bookstore or online)
7. Pencil Bag (to keep pens, pencils, color pencils, highlighter, expo maker).
***Tissue boxes, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, extra glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, expo
markers, & AA batteries are greatly appreciated for class use. ***
(NOTE: Please have all supplies no later than Friday, __________________. Thank You!!)
Class Rules:
1. Bring all books and materials to class everyday.
2. Be on time and start bell work immediately.
3. Respect the property, space, and ideas of others.
4. Class will be dismissed when everyone is seated quietly, the room is clean, and everything has
been returned to its proper place. Remain seated until I dismiss you.
5. NO food, candy, drinks, and chewing gum in the classroom. Only bottled water with a top will be
6. Academic dishonesty will result in a zero and possible disciplinary action.
Discipline Procedures:
You are expected to follow all rules and regulations governing behavior outlined in the student
**Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in the following disciplinary actions:
1. Verbal warning
2. Teacher/Student conference
3. Parental notification
4. Detention with teacher
5. Office referral
6. Depending upon the severity of the offense, the student may be advanced to any level or sent
directly to the principal’s office.
Classroom Procedures:
1. Late work for attending students will result in reduced points for the particular assignment(s).
Only partial credit will be given for your final grade for that assignment. In order to receive full
credit the assignment(s) must be in the designated box by the end of the hour.
2. Each semester you will receive 6 hall passes (3 hall passes and 3 late passes) to leave the
classroom. It is your responsibility to fill out the pass and have me sign it before leaving the
classroom. You will not be allowed to leave the classroom if you lose the passes, use them all, or
abuse their use.
3. No personal grooming.
Grading System:
1. Daily assignments, homework, in-class participation, oral presentations & singing are counted as
Daily grades. (30%)
2. Unit or chapter tests, vocabulary test, quizzes, skits, compositions, and long-term assignments
count towards Test & Quizzes. (40%)
3. Daily Speaking & Participation in the Target Language- SPANISH (10%)
4. Semester test (20%)
5. See the YHS Student Handbook for test exemptions.
AP Spanish
Sra. Kesler
I am delighted that your child has decided to continue the study of a second language and in the
process open the doors of opportunities, as the study of world languages has never been more
important. Your continuous support and enthusiasm for your child’s efforts and progress in
Spanish are greatly appreciated. I look forward to a great school year.
Please, review the rules and guidelines for this class as well as the Student Handbook with your
son/daughter. Both of you should sign indicating that you have read and understand these
policies and procedures. The 1st assignment is to return this signed form to me by
I understand the concept of the Pre-AP/AP Spanish Program and agree to the commitments,
which are necessary for this course.
I agree to organize my time and effort to successfully complete the AP Spanish course. I will do
my own work and not take shortcuts to learning. I will notify the teacher immediately if I fall
behind in class readings or assignments, or I am having difficulty in the course.
Student Name: ________________________________________ (please print full name)
Student Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ____________________
Parent/Guardian Please sign: _________________________________________________________
(Your signature verifies you are familiar with the course requirements and guidelines)
Home mailing address: ____________________________________________________________________
Home #: ________________________
Primary Contact person concerning student:
Parent E-mail: (Print clearly Please)
Work #:
Home & Cell #:
Secondary person to contact:
Email and Phone #:______________________________________________________________________
I do use e-mail fairly regularly to contact parents as well as send general reminders; I find it very efficient and
easier that playing phone-tag. To make this process more reliable, please E-mail me from your preferred e-mail
address at and place your student’s name in the subject line. If you do not have an
e-mail address, or do not want me to contact you by E-mail, you may request a regular update by phone or
regular note home.
Please list any personal information you feel I should know about this student (health problems, expected
absences, etc.):