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  • Español 1

    Daniel Boone High School


    Instructor: Señora Raines    Email: rainess@wcde.org


    Suggested Material:  Online textbook: ¡Que Chevere! Level 1 (provided by the school), one subject spiral notebook (1), earbuds that will work with the student’s Chromebook, a pocket size Spanish/English Dictionary, 6 packages of  100 notecards (every unit covers approx.100 words), one dry erase marker and a small piece of fabric as eraser, glue stick (1), scissors (1), color pencils. Due to COVID-19 all students must have their own material and unfortunately they won’t be able to share.


    Class wish list (voluntary): Clorox wipes, tissue boxes, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer.


    Course Description:

    Spanish 1


    The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge in order to communicate using both written and spoken forms of Spanish; keeping in mind the final objective of being able to interact with native speakers, understand the Hispanic culture and make connections between the students’ native language and the targeted language.


    This course offers you the opportunity to meet TN Foreign Language Standards by showing real life proof of competency in five skill areas:  listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge.


    Tennessee World Language Standards:


    1. Communicate in a language other than English
    2. Gain Knowledge and understanding of Other Cultures
    3. Connect with other disciplines and acquire information
    4. Develop insight into the Nature of the language and culture
    5. Participate in Multicultural Communities and Global Societies


    Desired Learner Outcomes/Objectives:

        • Greet and make introductions.
        • Give and follow basic directions.
        • Describe people and things.
        • Make short exchanges of basic information about personal needs, courtesies, feelings, likes and dislikes, and other familiar topics.     
        • Understand and respond to both spoken and written familiar commands.
        • Comprehend the main idea of short conversations and narratives on familiar topics.
        •  Recognize words and phrases in context (e.g., songs, menus, signs, schedules, advertisements).
        • Read and comprehend language appropriate to the level of study.
        • Give short personal communications to listeners and readers.
        • Reproduce appropriate intonation and pronunciation of words and phrases.
        • Write and present simple guided texts on familiar topics.


     Themes/ Topics covered and pacing*: 

    Unit 1: ¡Mucho gusto! (semana 1-2)

    Vocab:Saludos, introducciones personales, de dónde eres, la cortesía, el alfabeto, los números, geografía, la hora.

    Gramática:  tú vs usted.

    Cultura: las celebraciones

    Unidad 4: La familia y los amigos (semana 7-8)

    Vocab: la familia, ¿cómo estás?, ¿cómo son?

    Gramática: adjetivos posesivos, presente de -ir, nos gusta, ser vs estar,

    Cultura:los idiomas de Puerto Rico, los nombres de familia, el merengue y la bachata, el béisbol

    Unidad 2: ¡Al colegio! (semana 3-4)

    Vocab: ¿Cómo te llamas?, las clases, la ropa

    Gramática: pronombres personales, ser, artículos, sustantivos, adjetivos, presente de -ar, estar

    Cultura: la influencia hispana en Estados Unidos, el colegio y el intercambio estudiantil, poema Puentes y fronteras. 

    Unidad 5: La rutina y la diversión (semana 9-10)

    Vocab: electrónicos, las tiendas, una semana ocupada, ¿en qué fecha estamos?,

    Gramática: tener, ¡qué + adjetivo!, pronombres de objeto directo & la A personal,pronombres de objeto indirecto, venir, 

    Cultura: Costa Rica un país muy rico, pacífico y patriótico, días de fiesta en Nicaragua, la procesión de los perros.

    Unidad 3: ¡En la ciudad! (semana 5-6) Vocabulario: lugares, medios de transporte, el centro de la ciudad, el restaurante.

     Gramática: uso de te/le/les en presentaciones, palabras interrogativas, el futuro inmediato, presente de -er.

    Cultura: La ciudad de México y el metro, la Plaza de las tres culturas, importantes artistas mexicanos. 

    Unidad 6: Mi casa es su casa (semana 11-12) 

    Vocab: mi casa, en la mesa, tener calor 

    Gramática: expresar obligación (tener que, deber), adjetivos demostrativos, expresar deseo (querer o gustaría), decir, verbos de cambio radical

    Cultura: los venezolanos y sus casas y su comida, las viviendas venezolanas

    Final Review and final reading project (book pop-up).

    *This is a tentative time line. It will change based on the students’ needs.

    Students Evaluation:

    You will have a continuous assessment through quizzes, unit tests, homework, class participation. Your grade will be based on the average points earned in each category for the corresponding grading period. Grade category weights are as follow:



    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    • Quizzes                   25%                        
    • Classwork                25%                               
    • Homework and projects                                        25%
    • Lesson Tests                                                        25%

      Total:                              100%

    • Quizzes                  15%
    • Class work              25%
    • Homework & and projects                                          25%
    • Lesson Tests            25%
    • Final Test                 10%

      Total: 100%


    Grade Composition:


    • Quizzes:  You will have two  quizzes per unit. Think of quizzes as a great tool to keep you current on reviewing the material. 
    • Class Participation: It is understood as Class Participation the engaged participation in all written and speaking class work given. Students are expected to be on time, come prepared with ALL the requested material and work to the best of each student’s ability.


    • Assignments and projects: The student is responsible for completing the activities for each unit. Assignments not completed in class may be completed at home. All assignments and projects are expected to be turned in on time.  With the exception of excused absences that will follow school grading policies, unexcused late work will be worth 80 % during the first 5 days, and an additional 10% will be taken for the next coming five days. Work will not be accepted after two weeks of the due date and the student will keep a zero.
    •  Test:  All units include tests and it will be based on the covered material and some recycled grammar concepts.


    • Final test: the final test is a cumulative grammar and vocabulary assessment.
    • Final project: there will be a pop-up book report based on short children’s stories. More details will be given at a future date.



    Students are expected to attend class regularly, to be on time each day and bring all required material. It is your responsibility to ask about any missed work and be current with it.  


    Classroom Management Routines:

    • You should start working immediately on the Bell Ringer.You only have 5 minutes to complete it. Bell Ringers should be turned in at the end of each unit. 
    • You will have 10 minutes at the beginning of each class to individually study the unit’s vocabulary. You may use Quizlet or your notecards. 


    Expected Classroom Behavior:

    • Be respectful at all times (in the way how you talk, dress and treat others).
    • Come prepared and ready to learn (bring needed material to class).
    • Upon arrival, take a seat and begin working quietly on the Bell Ringer.
    • Remember to greet an adult who enters the classroom by standing.
    • Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
    • Wait patiently until the teacher dismisses you and NOT the bell.
    • Use the restroom prior to class. You only have 4 passes per nine weeks and a Bathroom pass will be given every 9 weeks.
    • School policies regarding CELL phones will be followed. Keep your cell phone in your backpack. IF IT IS OUT, IT WILL GO TO THE OFFICE!!!!


    PS: Parents and guardians, please send me an email (rainess@wcde.org) letting me know that your PowerSchool account is active for extra credits in your child’s first quiz.