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    VIRTUAL CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

    1. Every morning the students will sign in our class by going to their Spanish class in Teams and using the link provided.

    2. As per the Administrators’ request, students must keep their CAMERA ON AT ALL TIMES during class. The teacher is required to see the students face all the time, unless she assigns a short class activity that requires them to step away from their desk. If the student disconnects the camera (although he/she remains connected in Teams), the student will be marked absent. If a student joins the class late, he/she will be marked late as well.  Please raise your hand if you need to be excused to go to the restroom. Only one student is allowed to leave the class at a time, just like in the actual classroom. 

    3. Administrators STRONGLY RECOMMENDED students NOT to wear their pajamas during class time nor take class while seating or laying down on their bed. We suggest they sit or stand by a desk or a table, in a quiet and well-lit area. We strongly suggest students get ready before class as if they were going to school in person.  Also NO CELL PHONE  or any other distraction should be near the students while learning. 

    4. While taking an online assessment, students are expected to maintain the same level of integrity and honesty as in the classroom. If a student does not follow the teacher’s directions and the school’s guidelines regarding plagiarism or dishonesty while completing tests/ quizzes/ projects/ homework/ graded class activities, the parents and administrators will be notified, and appropriate action will be taken.

     

    ¡BIENVENIDOS A ESPAÑOL AP!

    Syllabus

     

    1. COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    This AP Spanish Language course is conducted exclusively in Spanish and is meant to be the equivalent of a third year college language course.  The students are expected to express themselves completely in Spanish, and a participation grade is earned through the students’ continued use of the language.  Throughout the course, students will experience a variety of speaking, reading, writing, and listening activities that will help to prepare them for the AP Spanish Language Examination on May, 11th, 2021.  

     

    1. INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY:

    The learning strategies in an AP Spanish Language class have been designed around the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). These are required elements that are essential to the successful and lifelong usage of Spanish.   Typically, students must be deliberately taught to integrate these skills.  For this reason, students will complete a variety of activities designed to integrate the four language skills every week.

    DAY #1 IS FOR READING: Day #1 will be dedicated to reading comprehension activities or assessments besides the homework assignments. A large amount of time will be dedicated to reading and integrating reading with the other three language skills.  Students will explore websites designed by and for Spanish-speakers, articles about cultural topics and lyrics to music in addition to the traditional textbooks, literature, and poetry.

    DAY #2 IS FOR LISTENING: Day #2 will be dedicated to listening comprehension activities or assessments.  Students will improve their listening skills through exposure to a variety of listening activities in a variety of accents.  Listening activities come from a number of sources, including AP Classroom, Temas, Abriendo Paso, podcasts, YouTube videos, and music.

    DAY #3 IS FOR WRITING: Day #3 will be dedicated to writing formal and informal argumentative essays or e-mails.  Many students struggle with their writing.  Native speakers struggle with spelling and accents while non-native speakers struggle with the grammar along with the spelling and accents.  In order to address the needs of the students, a variety of activities will be utilized to improve the students’ abilities: formal writing prompts from Abriendo Paso, Temas, AP Classroom, and other resources; informal writing prompts; written responses to authentic documents such as news articles and podcasts; and weekly journal entries that reflect the students’ opinions and commentaries on multiple topics.  

    DAY #4 AND ALL DAYS ARE FOR SPEAKING: Day #4 will be dedicated solely to speaking activities or speaking assessments; however, students will improve their speaking skills by having opportunities to speak in class every day. Every day students are expected to speak to the teacher and classmates ONLY in Spanish, and if anyone forgets how to say something in Spanish, that person will use CIRCUMLOCUTION. The class will have debates on topics that range from academia to politics to popular films, art and music; students will have conversations with a partner or with the class, as well as simulated conversations in which the students must respond in a specific amount of time to a series of prompts; and they will also do formal oral presentations on articles, countries, and cultural topics.

     

    1. COURSE GOALS:

                By early May, an AP Spanish Language student should be able to:

    • Comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish;
    • Speak Spanish proficiently;
    • Read, understand and discuss a variety of texts;
    • Write both formally and informally in Spanish; and
    • Gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
    1. TEXTBOOKS, RESOURCES, AND MATERIALS:

    Students should have a notebook with a folder or a binder for all subjects with a section for AP Spanish. Besides pens and pencils, students should also have highlighters and post it notes for their reading comprehension assignments. 

    The primary textbooks are Temas and its accompanying workbook, and Abriendo Paso because this course is designed around documents and tasks rather than grammar; therefore, we’ll use a variety of resources that reflect the tasks on the AP exam. 

    The Temas and Abriendo Paso textbooks provides a variety of activities connected to a text source (either a written or auditory) that will give students a real-world context to practice their communicative skills. These activities will engage students with pre-reading/listening questions, help students remember vocabulary they already know, teach them new vocabulary in context, provide cultural information about the author and time period, offer them opportunities to respond with their opinion or combine thoughts from different texts in written or verbal form.

    Students are required to sign up in the AP classroom at the College Board website so they can utilize the resources offered by the College Board. The teacher will provide the instructions and the code for signing up. 

    1. ASSESSMENTS AND GRADING

    In accordance with the River Dell World Languages Department, all assessments will be based on the Total Points grade system. Students will receive a grade for unit tests or portions of the AP exam. Students will receive a grade for listening, reading, speaking, writing, and/ or grammar quizzes, projects, speaking Spanish in class, and some classwork and homework assignments.

     

    Students will be evaluated using AP materials from previous exams, as well as other materials and assessments.  While the class curriculum is primarily document-driven, students will be assessed on their grammar skills as needed.  Students will complete timed essays and/or e-mails in class.  Students will also complete timed practice AP exams throughout the semester, in order to familiarize themselves with the format, timing and stress of completing the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.  These practice exams will be graded on the AP scale, which is as follows:

     

    AP GRADE QUALIFICATION

    5 Extremely well qualified

    4 Well qualified

    3 Qualified

    2 Possibly qualified

    1 No recommendation


    AP Exam grades of 5 are equivalent to A grades in the corresponding college course, AP Exam grades of 4 equivalent to A-, B+, and B, and AP Exam grades of 3 equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college.

     

    1. REQUIRED MATERIAL:

    A NOTEBOOK with a folder OR a BINDER for all subjects with a section for Spanish, pencils, blue and red pens, post it notes, and HIGHLIGHTERS. 
    AP Classroom
    @ collegeboard.com
    Temas: AP Spanish Language and Culture
    Vista Higher Learning 2014
    Abriendo Paso Pearson Education 2014

    AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Preparation Vista Higher Learning 2014

    RECOMMENDED MATERIAL: Fuentes auténticas or Hispanic news/current event sources, scholarly journals/articles, authentic music/lyrics

    1. PACING GUIDE: *Pacing is subject to change based on student needs/unexpected circumstances.

    Unit Themes & Pacing

    Power Standard/

    Essential Questions

    Works

    Possible Assessments

    Unit 1: Las familias en diferentes sociedades (Families in Different Societies)

    Approximately 19-23 days

    A) ¿Qué compone una familia en una sociedad de habla hispana?
    B) ¿Cuáles son algunos aspectos importantes de los valores y la vida familiar en las sociedades hispanas?

    C) ¿Qué retos enfrentan las familias de hoy?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources

     

    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 2: La influencia del lenguaje y la cultura en la identidad personal (The Influence of Language and Culture on Personal Identity)

    Approximately 19-23 days

     

    A) ¿Cómo se desarrolla nuestra identidad a lo largo del tiempo?

    B) ¿Cómo moldea la lengua nuestra identidad cultural?

    C) ¿Cómo influye la tecnología en el desarrollo de la identidad pública y personal?
    D) ¿Cómo refleja el arte de una comunidad su identidad pública?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources


    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 3: Las influencias de la belleza y
    el arte
    (Influences of Beauty and Art)

    Approximately 19-23 days

     

    A) ¿Cómo influyen los ideales/ modelos de belleza y estética en la vida diaria?
    B) ¿Cómo el arte desafía y a la vez refleja las perspectivas culturales?
    C) ¿Cómo valoran las comunidades la belleza y el arte?
    D) ¿Cómo se usa el arte para documentar la historia?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources


    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 4: Cómo la ciencia y la tecnología afecta nuestras vidas

    (How Science & Technology Affect Our Lives)

    Approximately 19-23 days

    A) ¿Qué factores impulsan la innovación y los descubrimientos en los campos de la ciencia y la tecnología?

    B) ¿Qué papel juega la ética en los avances científicos?

    C) ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias sociales de los avances científicos y tecnológicos?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources


    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 5: Factores que impactan
    la calidad de vida
    (Factors That
    Impact the Quality of Life)

     

    Approximately 19-23 days

    A) ¿Cómo influyen y se relacionan los aspectos de la vida diaria con la calidad de vida?
    B) ¿Cómo impacta la calidad de vida el lugar donde se vive?
    C) ¿Qué influye en nuestra interpretación y en nuestras percepciones de la calidad de vida?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources


    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 6:  Desafíos ambientales, políticos y sociales (Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges)

    Approximately 19-23 days

    A) ¿Cómo los desafíos medioambientales, políticos y sociales impactan, positiva o negativamente nuestras comunidades?
    B) ¿Qué papel juegan los individuos a la hora de abordar asuntos sociales complicados?
    C) ¿Cómo los asuntos desafiantes afectan la cultura de una sociedad?

    Selections from
    AP Classroom,
    Temas,
    Abriendo Paso and other resources


    AP-style assessments,
    quizzes, and/ or presentations

    Unit 7: Full Pre-AP Exam Samples

     

    ¿Qué debemos hacer pocos días antes del examen?  

    AP Spanish sample tests

    AP-style assessment

    Unit 8 – Post-AP Exam Enrichment

    ¿Cómo refleja la cultura hispanohablante tus intereses personales?

    Student-selected texts, articles, and other resources

    Study Abroad Program Project

     

    Fecha del examen AP DE ESPAÑOL:

    martes, 11 de mayo de 2021