WLG300: Spanish III

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Students further deepen their understanding of Spanish by focusing on the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Each unit consists of a variety of activities which teach the students how to understand more difficult written and spoken passages, to communicate with others through informal speaking and writing interactions, and to express their thoughts and opinions in both formal and informal spoken and written contexts. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, use correct vocabulary terms and phrases naturally, incorporate a wide range of grammar concepts consistently and correctly while speaking and writing, participate in conversations covering a wide range of topics, respond appropriately to conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, read and analyze important pieces of Hispanic literature, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course is conducted almost entirely in Spanish. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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Prerequisites

WLG200: Spanish II, or equivalent

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Course Outline

The High School Spanish III course helps students

  • Engage in language learning
  • Begin to prepare for the AP Spanish test
  • Review and expand upon a wide range of grammar patterns
  • Participate in detailed conversations and respond appropriately to a variety of conversational prompts
  • Generate language incorporating advanced vocabulary and grammar patterns
  • Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning using advanced Spanish
  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries
  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions

Vocabulary Theme

  • Each unit covers a new set of vocabulary words pertaining to a particular theme. Vocabulary is first introduced in context through an interpretive listening or reading activity. Students then focus on selected words and work through several activities to learn the meaning of each word. Finally, students are presented with the complete passage again where they are then asked interpretive questions verifying their understanding of the passage. A printable vocabulary list is also provided.

Grammar Concept

  • Each unit introduces a new grammar pattern. The concept is first introduced in a contextualized situation and then presented in a multimedia grammar animation. The concept is then further practiced in several interactive activities throughout the unit. A printable explanation of the pattern is also provided.

Presentation of Culture through Culture Videos

  • In each unit students learn about various cultural aspects (e.g. practices, products, and perspectives) of a Spanish-speaking country through short video presentations. These videos are presented in Spanish.

Speaking and Writing

  • Students complete speaking and writing activities in each unit. These activities give students a chance to become more familiar with the speaking and writing patterns of Spanish by applying them in communicative situations.

Assessments

  • Listening and reading comprehension quizzes verify that students comprehend the main ideas and/or significant details of target language passages or conversations.
  • Culture comprehension quizzes verify that students have understood important concepts presented in the culture presentations.
  • Unit tests assess students' mastery of the vocabulary words and grammar concepts presented that unit. Each unit test also includes reading and listening comprehension questions and an oral or written assessment.
  • Midterm and Semester Exams are comprehensive in nature. Not only do they assess students' knowledge of the language, but they also assess students' ability to produce the language in a communicative way. Midterms and Semester Exams include both oral and written assessments.

"Life-long Learner" Assignments

  • Each semester students are required to create a plan for incorporating Spanish into their daily lives. They accomplish this by outlining the long-term benefits of learning Spanish, by making goals for what they want to accomplish with their mastery of the language, and by creating a plan for accomplishing their goals.

"Explore" Activities

  • Students are provided a link to an article or audio source on the Internet where they can begin to explore the unit's topic. They are then asked to provide their opinions about the information presented to them.

Discussion Board Activities

  • There are two discussion board activities in each semester. These activities provide opportunities for students to interact with other students and practice their language.

Journal

  • Journal assignments allow students to make cultural comparisons, reinforce new vocabulary and grammar patterns, and practice communicating in the language. Many of the journal assignments have the students first interacting with authentic language sources from the Internet before they write or speak about the prompt provided in the assignment.

Pronunciation

  • Pronunciation lessons are presented in short animation videos. These videos focus on the unique sounds of the language. Follow-up activities throughout the unit provide additional practices for students to improve their pronunciation skills.

Interpretive Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented with both print and audio sources to practice the interpretive mode of communication. Subsequent quizzes assess students' understanding of these passages. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Interpersonal Communication Activities

  • In each unit students work through activities which allow them to practice their interpersonal communication skills in both speaking and writing. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Presentational Communication Activities

  • In each unit students are presented print and audio sources from which they must synthesize information from both sources to answer specific questions. Students are asked to submit both speaking presentations and formal written essays. These activities are in preparation for those found on the AP test.

Semester 1

Table providing curriculum detail for High School Spanish 3 Semester 1. Navigate on row headings to choose a course topic, then on column headings to find details for each unit.
  Vocabulary Grammar Culture/History Pronunciation

Unit 1

Love and Friendship

Present Indicative

Present Subjunctive

Culture Video: Dating

Literature Highlight: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Vowel A

Unit 2

Physical Appearance  

Personality

Adjectives: Possessive Adjectives & Pronouns

Ser & Estar

Culture Video: Traditional Clothing in Guatemala

Vowel E

Unit 3

School & Social Life

In the Classroom

Double Object Pronouns & the Personal “a”

Regular and Irregular Preterite

Culture Video: Higher Education in Spanish Speaking Countries

Literature Highlight: José Martí

Vowel I

Unit 4

Extracurricular Activities

Hobbies

The Imperfect

Preterite vs. Imperfect

Culture Video: Folkloric Dance

 Vowel O

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 5

Family Life and Family Values

Chores

Demonstrative Adjectives

Por & Para

Culture Video: Columbus and the Catholic King & Queen

History Highlight: Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo

Vowel U

Unit 6

The Importance of Food in Society

The Kitchen

Reflexive Verbs

Commands

Culture Video: Mexican Tortillas and tortillerías

Letter Combinations “ia” & “ai”

Unit 7

Urbanization: A Social Phenomenon

Public Transportation

Gustar & Similar Verbs

Hacer & Time Expressions

Culture Video: Bullfighting

History Highlight: The Falklands War

Letter Combinations “ie” & “ei”

Unit 8

Project Unit

Project: Study Abroad

Hay/ Había/ Hubo

The Perfect Tense

None

None

Final Review and Test

 

Semester 2

Table providing curriculum detail for High School Spanish 3 Semester 2. Navigate on row headings to choose a course topic, then on column headings to find details for each unit.
  Vocabulary Grammar Culture/History Pronunciation

Unit 9

Artistic Movements

The Importance of Architecture in Society

Passive Voice (Ser + Past Participle)

Passive se

Culture Video: La sagrada familia

Literature Highlight: Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

Letter Combinations “ue” & “eu”

Unit 10

Online: Computers and the Social Network

Technology: A Symbol of Modern Society

Negative & Indefinite Words

Prepositions & Verbs with Prepositions

Culture Video: El día de los muertos

Letter Combinations “oi” & “io”

Unit 11

The Press

Television

Present Subjunctive (Noun Clauses)

Present Subjunctive (Adjective Clauses)

Culture Video: Las telenovelas

Literature Highlight: Garcilaso de la Vega

Letters T & D

Unit 12

Health

Alternative Medicine vs. Traditional Medicine

Present Subjunctive (Adverb Clauses)

Review of Present Subjunctive

Culture Video: Bachata

None

Midterm Review and Test

Unit 13

Preservation of Nature

Pollution

The Future Tense & Future Probability

The Conditional & Conditional Probability

Culture Video: El béisbol

History Highlight: 5 de Mayo

The Letters R & RR

Unit 14

The Educational System in Other Countries

The Importance of a Second Language in the Workforce

Introduction to Past Subjunctive (Conjugations)

The Past Subjunctive (Uses)

Culture Video: Higher Education in Hispanic Countries

The Letter J

Unit 15

Immigration

Social Welfare

Continuation of Past Subjunctive (Uses)

The Past Subjunctive (Hypothetical)

Culture Video: Latinos in the U.S.

History Highlight: The Football War

Letter Combinations “gue,” “gui,” “ge,” & “gi”

Unit 16

Project Unit

Project: Preparing for the Future (Resumé and Job Interviews)

Review of Tenses & Moods

None

None

Final Review and Test
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling