Spanish III Dual Credit Syllabus
High School Course Spanish Level III
Length of Course: 2 Semesters
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish II with a grade of a B or better and the measurement of the student’s college readiness must be completed.
Spanish III is a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, and Indiana Common Core Standards that builds upon effect strategies for Spanish language learning by facilitating the use of the language and cultural understanding for self-directed purposes. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to initiate, sustain and close conversations: exchange detailed information in oral and written form; and write cohesive information with greater detail. This course also emphasizes the continued development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as using cognates, synonyms and antonyms to derive meaning from written and oral information, as well as comprehending detailed written or oral directions. Students will address the presentational mode by presenting student-created material on a variety of topics, as well as reading aloud to practice appropriate pronunciation and intonation. Additionally, students will continue to develop understanding of Spanish-speaking culture through recognition of the interrelations among the practices, products and perspectives of the target culture; discussion of significant events in the target culture; and investigation of elements that shape cultural identity in the target culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas as well the application of understanding Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom.
SPAN 3 – Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:
1. Review basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar and master additional vocabulary. 2. Speak in Spanish about a variety of everyday topics, such as the holidays and the family, the home and household chores, the activities of a daily routine, college and academic subjects, professions and the workplace, and ordering food and drink in a restaurant, life in the past and life in the future.
3. Speak about familiar topics using the present and the past tenses in both formal and informal situations with enough accuracy to be understood by a native speaker.
4. Paraphrase material in Spanish at the intermediate level.
5. Describe and express ideas in writing.
6. Read and discuss Spanish articles and texts with understanding in class.
7. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and culture.
8. Make presentations on Spanish-speaking countries and other cultural events such as holidays, food, music and dance, or current issues in the news.
9. Project-based learning in class and on-line.
Areas of study include Spoken Spanish, Written Spanish, Spanish Grammar/Vocabulary, Culture, Geography, Music and Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World.
Required Text or Other Instructional Materials
Avancemos 3 Gahala, et al., McDougal Littell. ISBN: 0-618-68728-9
Don Quijote de la Mancha Teacher's Discovery, Miguel de Cervantes.
*Una Mano En La Arena Fernando Uría EMC Publishing. ISBN: 0-8219-1103-1
*If time permits
Method of Evaluation: Student grades are weighted and divided among the following categories: homework/discussion, quizzes, tests and projects.
At the end of each semester a semester exam will be administered. All students will take the exam which will count as 20% of the final semester grade. Grades will be given at the end of the year for both semesters.
90-100 = A All scores are maintained in PowerSchool, the online student grade
80-89 = B system at Rensselaer Central High School. Students are responsible
70-79 = C for tracking their progress by referring to the online grade book.
60-69 = D
59-0 = F
No late assignments will be permitted.
Academic Honesty Statement:
Rensselaer Central High School is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the value of educational achievement. Cheating on papers, tests or other academic works is a violation of school rules. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, may be construed as cheating. This may include, but is not limited to, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as the acquisition without permission of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials and other academic work. Use of Google Translate is prohibited for use in any manner.
All Chapters Include:
1. YouTube videos for an in-depth look at culture.
2. Several listening exercises (practice and quizzes).
3. Quizzes given throughout each lesson culminating with a test at the end of each lesson.
4. Practice at classzone.com, conjuguemos.com, @HomeTutor and studyspanish.com.