Cultural Goals: To identify the location and most important features of Spanish-speaking countries, and the overarching similarities and differences among them. To know what constitutes Hispanic culture and be able to recognize its influence over the United States. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: To articulate personal information, ask and respond to basic questions, and describe characteristics of people and places. Also, to distinguish between the informal and formal structures; to speak, read, and write in the present tense using complete sentences. Content: Present and near future tenses of both regular and irregular verbs, adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, introduction to direct and indirect objects, personal pronouns, prepositions, telling time, discussing schedules, and sentence construction. Literature: “Pobre Ana” and “Patricia va a California.”
Sixth Grade Advanced Spanish
Cultural Goals: To identify the rich and different cultural nuances that exist among Hispanic countries, and to get to know these differences through literature, poetry, songs, movies, geography, history. To understand basic features of Aztec culture and the events that led to their fall upon european arrival. To learn the significance of the Day of the Dead. To explore the life of a migrant child. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: Basic Spanish literature analysis will lead students to master the skills of reading comprehension, and written expression using techniques for summarizing, extracting main ideas, and for essay and creative writing. Students will learn to use online dictionaries. Students will learn Spanish orthography and grammar. Spanish will be applied orally in the forms of read aloud, poetry, story telling, performing plays, singing, and expressing opinion during class discussions. Students will be engaged in discussions about movies, literature and culture. Content: Review of the correct use of the following tenses in Spanish: past tenses: preterit/imperfect, present perfect; future and conditional tenses. Reflexive verbs, direct and indirect objects; accentuation in Spanish. Literature: “El Ascenso de Europa” by Daniela Forni, “Doña Josefa y sus conspiraciones” by Ediciones Tecolote, “De lo que le contaron al fraile” by Ediciones Tecolote, “Escudos Rotos” by Ediciones Tecolote, “La ciudad de los dioses. Cajas de cartón” by Francisco Jimenez.