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Spanish AP Syllabus


Rafael Nava



Welcome to Spanish AP, this class features Temas AP Spanish Language and Culture (textbook), and AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Preparation 2014 (hard copy workbook + Supersite online version), Vista Higher Learning at www.vistahigherlearning.com


This class aims to help students acquire communication skills in both oral and written Spanish through the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. Upon successful completion of this class, students should be able to:

WRITING: Students will express ideas accurately and fluently in the written format essays that vary in length (a minimum of 200 words) on current events as well as personal experiences and situations that occur in a daily life. Students improve skills through:

    1. In Class Essay Writings – There will be 2 in-class essay writings per marking period. Students will write a formal, well organized analytical, persuasive, or compare and contrast essay of at least 200 words on an assigned topic in response to a text or information discussed or reviewed. Evaluation will be performed through the use of a rubric; components include vocabulary, grammatical structure, spelling, and content.

2.) Other Writing Tasks – There are weekly journal entries. There will also be periodic creative writing assignments.

Note: In their writing, students will be able to implement a variety of grammatical structures using proper concordance (subject-verb, subject-adjective, gender-noun agreement, tense agreement, sequence of tenses), correct mechanics (punctuation, accentuation, syntax, orthography), and superior language control. Improve knowledge of grammar through:

    1. Focusing on problematic areas such as: indicative vs. subjunctive, ser vs. estar, preterit vs. imperfect, compound tenses, commands, irregular and spelling change verbs, nouns and their modifiers, direct and indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns, and adjective placement. Other syntactic constructions to be reviewed include: passive voice, reflexives, making comparisons, past subjunctive, por vs. para, prepositions, transitions, and accentuation.

    2. Implementing/synthesizing a variety of grammatical and syntactic structures in speaking and writing.

SPEAK Students will be able to speak with fluency, maintaining accuracy in structure and syntax, using a rich vocabulary and appropriate pronunciation and intonation. Students will improve speaking skills through:

  1. Oral presentations on a given theme. There is a one major assessment per unit that includes an oral presentation.

    1. Video projects based on acting out a scene.

    2. Partnered interviews.

    3. Informal “Charlas” involving thematic vocabulary taken from textbook chapters.

    4. Daily participation in class discussions in the target language.

READ. Broaden reading comprehension through the use of current event, articles from authentic newspapers, magazines, and online resources. Also included are classical literary pieces.

  1. Weekly reading focused on current events and text analysis.

b. Students will read and analyze authentic literary prose and poetry.

c. Students will use various reading strategies and vocabulary knowledge

when investigating various topics to ultimately create and present a synthesis.
UNDERSTAND. Students will understand the spoken language through participating in conversations both formally and informally.

    1. Students will listen to auditory narrations from native speakers.

    2. Students will interpret spoken material using a variety of regional dialects. Students will become familiar with pronunciation, dialects, and aural syntax.

    3. Students will listen to narratives and dialogues to make inferences, predictions, and support opinions.

    4. Periodic listening texts will be administered via listening to native speakers on BBC Mundo en Español website.

    5. Students will interact with native speakers from foreign countries via Skype.

CULTURE. Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the practices, perspectives, and products of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. Knowledge of Hispanic and Spanish cultures will be enriched through:

      1. Discussing literary and cultural topics, current events, and personal experiences.

      2. Incorporating culture and other skills learned. Culture will be integrated throughout the year, connected meaningfully to reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.


AP Spanish Textbooks / Resources:

  1. Avancemos 4. McDougal Littell Ana C. Jarvis, Raquel Lebredo

  2. Textbook: Temas; AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam Preparation 2014, Vista Higher Learning ISBN: 978-1-61857-565-4

  3. Workbook + Supersite; AP Spanish Preparing for the Language Exam 2014, Vista Higher Learning ISBN No 978-1-61857-225-7 (Student’s responsibility to purchase)

  4. Cajas de Cartón, Juan Jimenez. Summer Assignment (Student’s responsibility to purchase)

  5. A good bilingual dictionary such as The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary, Oxford New Spanish Dictionary or Harper Collins Spanish Dictionary (Student’s responsibility to purchase)

Helpful Resources:

BBC en Español (Audio/Reading)


Radio Naciones Unidas (Audio)


CNN en Español




Ecos Magazine


Nuevos Horizontes


Periódicos de España


Periódicos de Hispanoamérica


Grammar / AP practice activities (Audio, Written, Reading)




Excessive absences, which exceed our attendance standards, endanger promotion and graduation. A student must be in attendance a minimum of 160 of 180 scheduled school days in order to be considered to have successfully completed the instructional program requirements of the grade/course to which he/she is assigned. Students who do not meet the 160-day minimum may receive “No Credit” for the school year. Students enrolled in programs that require a specific number of hours must meet the higher standard established for each program. The following excuses for absences are acceptable:

  • Personal injury or illness

  • Death in the Family

  • Religious Holidays

  • Other Special Reasons Approved by the Principal

Personal business that causes a student to be absent from school requires that a parent provide a written note stating the nature of the business and the day(s) the student will be absent. The written request for excused absence for personal business should be presented to the Principal no later than the day before the student’s absence. Tardiness is defined as not being in an assigned seat or at an assigned station or area at the scheduled time. Three unexcused incidents of tardiness will result in one unexcused absence added to the student’s attendance record.

If you are going to miss a class or evaluation, you are required to make up the missed assignments upon your return to school. It is also your responsibility to inform of a planned absence for example religious or sports purposes as soon as possible, before the actual date.

  1. PARTICIPATION & PREPARATION: You are expected to participate actively in class. Classes are conducted in Spanish. The majority of each class session will be dedicated to the development of aural comprehension, and speaking ability by applying the assigned vocabulary and grammar structures to real situations and contexts. Attention to the development of reading and writing skills will also be applied to real life situations and contexts. The course will follow a Flipped Classroom model, which places a great responsibility in preparation and study of grammar and vocabulary prior to class sessions.


Students will start every day with 100 points for participation. Points will be deducted for: A) 100 points for being absent unless excused. Points will be given back when missing assignments are completed and handed in within three days of return to school. C) 5 points for being unprepared for class (No assignment, notebook, etc.).

Daily Participation

100 Constant participation and constant with original comments.

99-90 Constant participation and constant with original comments, but with mistakes.

89-80 Voluntary participation once in a while.

79-70 Voluntary participation once in a while with mistakes, arrives late.

69-60 Only answers to direct questions, arrives late.

59-50 Only answer to direct questions with mistakes, leaves classroom without permission.

49-40 Keeps quiet most of the class , a lot of mistakes, arrives late, and leaves the class without permission.

0 Absent or makes innapropiate use of their cell phone

Making mistakes is part of learning a language and it will not affect your participation grade, whereas not being prepared for class will affect your grade. You are expected to complete homework and thoroughly review the thematic material covered in class before our class time.

Remember: Students will make mistakes and it is part of the learning process.

Please, handle it with maturity and respect. Always make an effort to participate.

  1. HOMEWORK: Most of your homework will be done on the Supersite Vista Higher Learning website. Also consult the www.schoolwires.com website for assignments and due dates. Late or incomplete assignments will get partial or no credite.

  1. WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: You will receive written instructions for two formal in class writing assignments (Essay of at least 200 words) per marking period noted on the syllabus. Students are required to use assigned dictionaries carefully while crafting their compositions

With regard to written assignments, students are not allowed to use computer-assisted translation software or seek outside help in any form. In other words, the writing is to be entirely your own work (words and ideas). If you are using material produced by another person under any circumstances, you must acknowledge it. Any outside help is considered unacceptable collaboration and will be dealt with accordingly. You are responsible for reviewing the definitions and policies for plagiarism and academic dishonesty. The following is a definition of Academic Integrity.

    • Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. To avoid plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or by appropriate indentation and must be properly cited in the text or in a footnote. Acknowledgment is required when material from another source stored in print, electronic or other medium is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in one's own words. To acknowledge a paraphrase properly, one might state: 'to paraphrase Plato's comment...' and conclude with a footnote identifying the exact reference. A footnote acknowledging only a directly quoted statement does not suffice to notify the reader of any preceding or succeeding paraphrased material. Information which is common knowledge such as names of leaders of prominent nations, basic scientific laws, etc, need not be footnoted; however, all facts or information obtained in reading or research that are not common knowledge among students in the course must be acknowledged.

A student who hands in work that is totally or partially plagiarized will be reported to the administration and will receive a zero. Students will not be able to receive recommendations letters, nor will qualify for the any of the Honor Societies.

  1. QUIZZES: There will be one Take Home Oral Assessment per marking period that will assess students progress in developing communicative skills. Detailed instructions are available on my website on Schoolwires. There will be 5 quizzes per marking period

  1. EXAMS: Students will be assessed in all language skills. There will be three exams per marking period and one Final Exam. There will also be two Oral & Listening Exams. In June, students will take a listening and oral part of the final exam.

  1. PROJECTS: There will be one major project per marking period. Projects will count as a unit exam.

      • MP1 Topic: Cajas de Cartón (Cortometraje)

  • Make-up exams quizzes and projects: Students can only take make-up exams quizzes and projects when: 1) they provide a valid documented excuse in case of illness or 2) other valid excused absence.


September 09 November 19




WExam 1

WExam 2

WExam 3

September 29, 30, 2015

October 15, 16, 2015

October 29, 30, 2015

Room 104






September 24, 25 2015

October 8, 9, 2015

October 29, 30, 2015

November 12, 13, 2015


OLExam 1

OLExam 2

October 1, 2, 2015

November 9, 10


Escrito 1

Escrito 2

October 22, 23

November 16, 17


October 15, 16 2015 Cajas de Cartón Cortometraje (Short movie)

  1. GRADE DISTRIBUTION and GRADING SCALE: Grades will be calculated on a percentage basis. The grade will be based on the following evaluations:

D 69% - 65%



Preparation and in class participation


A+ 98%-100%

Quizzes/Writing Tasks (2)


A 97%- 92%



A- 91%- 90%

Homework (Supersite)


B+ 89%- 86%

Written Exams


B 85% -82%

Oral & Listening Exams (2)


B- 81% -80%

C+ 79%-76% C 75% -72%

C- 71% -70%
F 64% - and below

  1. ACADEMIC CONDUCT: It is the spirit of the school to support the authority of the instructors, and to encourage the spirit of respect and academic discipline in the classroom.


To maintain an excellent classroom environment appropriate for language learning keep the following in mind:

  • Follow directions the first time they are given.

  • Raise your hand for permission to talk or leave your seat.

  • The use of electronics is not permitted during class, therefore texting or social media websites are not allowed.

  • No eating or drinking during class.

  • Come to class fully prepared and ready to participate.

  • Respect your classmates wait time, when answering questions.

  • Have fun.

Remember: You will make mistakes and it is part of the learning process.

Please, handle it with maturity and respect. Always make an effort to participate

1. Emailing your instructor.  As a general rule, be careful of the way you address your instructor in written private or public communication. Before e-mailing your professor please consult: http://www.wiu.edu/advising/docs/Email_Netiquette.pdf. Some useful tips

1. Include your class information in the Subject line

2. Address your instructor appropriately.

3. Be precise, concise and clear.

4. Use your full name and identify the course in which you are enrolled


Teacher: Mr. Nava Year: 2015-2016

Course: Spanish III Honors

I have been explained and/or read and understand the course objectives, requirements, expected student behavior and consequences for infractions.

_____________________ ____________________ __________

Student’s name Student’s signature Date

_____________________ ____________________ __________

Parent/Guardian’s name Parent/Guardian signature Date

_____________________ ____________________ __________

Parent/Guardian’s name Parent/Guardian signature Date

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