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  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Spanish I


    Name of Course: Spanish 1
    Course #: M12831
    Course Length: Yearlong


    Course Description:

    Spanish I offers the opportunity for students to experience a new language. During the first year of Spanish study, a student learns to listen, speak, read and write within an elementary framework of the language. Emphasis is placed on learning vocabulary and structure which is familiar and meaningful to the student and that is useful in describing situations in his/her everyday life. Various aspects of the Hispanic culture are introduced. This course is 1 High School credit (0.5 credits per semester). 



    • Express self and negotiate meaning in the target language by appropriately engaging in unrehearsed conversations and/or correspondence to actively participate in social interactions (face-to-face or electronically) as a global citizen. 
      • Minimum proficiency level: Novice Mid: 
        • Communicate on very familiar topics using a variety of words and phrases that I have practiced and memorized.
    • Interpret authentic written/spoken/signed language by applying appropriate comprehension strategies to extract meaning and use information for personal and/or community enrichment.
      • Minimum proficiency level: Novice Mid:  
        • Recognize some familiar words and phrases when I hear them spoken. 
        • Recognize some letters or characters. 
        • Understand some learned or memorized words and phrases when I read
    • Present information, concepts, and ideas in the target language through appropriately prepared oral and written discourse to inform, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics to a diverse audience.
      • Minimum proficiency level: Novice Mid:  
        • Present information about myself and some other very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and memorized expressions. 
        • Write lists and memorized phrases on familiar topics.



    Title: ¡Exprésate! 1 Textbook and Cuaderno de Actividades


    Publisher:  Holt 


    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize


    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 


    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.