Cultural Goals: To effectively compare and contrast cultural aspects of the different Latin American countries. To identify the various traditions, famous sites, foods, history and geography of Latin American countries. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: To express oneself in a variety of ways and articulate thoughts more automatically. Students have a breadth of vocabulary that assists them in accurate expression and to use the language not only to transfer information, but also to be convincing and speak with more depth of thought. Reading is a tool for vocabulary building and to understand concepts. Students write in paragraph form and concentrate on refining their sentence structure. Content: simple present, present progressive and preterite verb tense conjugations, commands (formal, informal, and plural), possessive and demonstrative adjectives, por vs. para, direct and indirect objects, idiomatic expressions with tener, and their combinations, family, traveling, activities, discussing likes and dislikes. Literature: “Casi se Muere,” “Pobre Ana bailó el Tango,” and “El Viaje de su Vida.”
Seventh Grade Advanced Spanish
Cultural Goals: To identify the rich and different cultural nuances that exist among South American countries, and to get to know these differences through literature, poetry, songs, movies, geography, and history of South America. To learn about the life of a migrant farm worker and his family. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: Literature reading and analysis, research projects, essay writing techniques, summaries, main ideas, and glossaries. Oral exercises through plays, class discussions to state and support opinions, give advise, express doubts, and in oral presentations of given subjects or projects to help students master grammatical concepts and fluidity in the language. Content: To review past tenses (preterit/imperfect), the future and conditional tenses in the indicative mode, to provide instructions, advice, orders through the study of the negative and affirmative uses of the imperative mode, to study the present subjunctive mode and some of its typical expressions, and to review accent placement in Spanish. Literature: “Incas” by Ediciones Tecolote, “Cuentos de la Selva” by Horacio Quiroga, “El Dueño de los Animales” by Jorge Accame, “Lo que cuentan los Tehuelches” by Miguel Ángel Palermo, “Lo que cuentan los Onas” by Miguel Ángel Palermo, “Lo que cuentan los Iroqueses” by Márgara Averbach, “Lo que cuentan los Inuit” by Olga Monkman.