Grade 8 Spanish I 2018-19
Teacher: Señora Morazan
Sedgefield Middle School Room: 404
Phone #: (843)797-2620 Ext. 4404
I am very excited to have your child in Spanish. I want this be a fun and enjoyable class for your child, as well as a positive learning experience. This class will meet every day for the entire year. I encourage you to ask your child what he/she is learning in class and if he/she could show you what he/she is learning.
It is beneficial for your child to learn Spanish because we live in a worldwide society. More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide and more than 33 million people speak Spanish in the United States. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world and the second language of the United States.
Speaking Spanish is a plus when your child looks for a job in the real world. Many colleges also require 2 high school credits of a world language.
Grade 8 Spanish I meets everyday for the entire school year. Students who successfully complete Grade 8 Spanish I will earn one world language high school credit. This is a rigorous course, requiring additional time and effort. Student performance and grades will be reviewed after the first progress report. Students earning grades below 77 will be placed on academic probation. Student performance and grades will again be evaluated at the end of the first nine weeks. Any student scoring below 77 (a C average) may be reassigned to a regular grade level class. Spanish I will cumulate with a final exam in May, which is 10% of the student’s grade. It is my recommendation that only students who complete this course with an 80 or higher move up to Spanish II in high school.
Materials needed: separate 3 ring binder used for Spanish only, loose leaf paper, pencils, Chromebook.
- Students will be able to read, write, listen to, and speak basic conversational Spanish.
- Students will be able to recognize and discuss cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries.
- Students will build basic conversational skills to use in real-life situations
Tests and Projects (40%) Tests will be graded for accuracy and at least three days’ notice will be given before tests are administered. Projects will also count as test grades and will be graded using a rubric. Integrative Performance Assessments will be given after each unit. The objective of the IPA is for the student to manipulate the acquired language skills in a variety of formats in order to communicate ideas. Each IPA consists of three different tasks – an Interpretive Task, an Interpersonal Task, and a Presentational Task. The final grade for the IPA will be the average of the grades from the three tasks.
Quizzes (25%) Quizzes will cover newly introduced material including vocabulary, grammar, geography and culture. They will be graded for accuracy and may be announced or unannounced.
Classwork (30%) Classwork will be collected periodically for a grade based on completion and/or accuracy.
Homework (5%) Homework is to be done outside of class! Homework will be based on completion. You are NOT allowed to work on late work during class. It is YOUR responsibility to show it to me at the beginning of class that next day!
Class Conduct: Students are to follow Sedgefield Middle School expectations at all times.
- Behave in an ORDERLY manner
- Be ON TASK at all times
- RESPECT yourself and others
- Take care of all PROPERTY
- Promote SAFETY in everything you do
1. Verbal warning
2. Phone call home
3. Phone call home and detention
4. Office Referral
- Positive note home or phone call
- Choice Activity
- Class Activity
I am looking forward to an exciting school year. Please contact me if you have any questions. Please fill out the bottom part of this sheet and turn it in as soon as possible. By signing this sheet, you are acknowledging that you understand the classroom expectations, consequences/incentives, and grading system. Thank you.
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