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Spanish 3 Course Outline       

Spanish 3 focuses on solidifying the foundation of advanced vocabulary while integrating various compound tenses and commands in conjunction with the subjunctive mood.  Spanish 3 is an intermediate level course that requires a full mastery of all topics introduced in Spanish 1 and  2.  Review of these themes will be brief and students will begin to use new concepts almost immediately.  Students will apply their newly learned skills through reading short novels, writing narratives and participating in conversational activities as well as analyzing both written and spoken authentic target language materials.  Because it is impossible to understand a language isolated from its cultures, this class will engage in an exploration of current Hispanic events, culture, history and geography.  Student participation in Spanish is absolutely essential to success in this class, which will be conducted almost entirely in the target language.  

Google Classroom LINKS  Through Aeries or GC and below:

Period 2   access code   4k5jzpv

Period 3      access code  vy3rtu2

  • Materials:

Great Quality Notebook with 3 Sections for daily activities and handouts 


 Highlighter Colored Markers like crayola small and large if possible

Glue Sticks

Pencil,Blue or black ink pens


  1. Class participation:

This plays a very important role in getting the most out of the class. The following guidelines will ensure the best grade possible. (You can not regain this points back)

  1. Constant attention and effort to classroom activities.
  2. Actively listening (note taking)
  3. Enthusiasm for learning and a positive learning
  4. Endeavouring to use Spanish whenever possible (This is the only way to get an “O” in citizenship)
  5. Volunteering for class discussions and activities
  6. Being on task for all individual and group activities 

Clasroom Expectations 

  1. Responsible
    1. Students arrive on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

                     You must be in your seat  prior to the start of class phone in holder.

    1. Bring all necessary supplies to class each day (see Suggested Materials).
    2. If you need to use the restroom or need a break let Ms.Gigliotti know 
    3. Listen, follow directions, and actively participate.
      1. Students will need to be available for communication at all times during the class period.  Students will display good citizenship by being kind, fair, and trustworthy.
    4. Electronic Devices are only permitted with Ms.Gigliotti  permission and only for classroom related reasons.
  1. Advocate for yourself, see Ms. Gigliotti outside of class for extra help and clarification.
  1. Respectful
    1. Insults are not permitted!  We help, encourage, and support one another.
    2. Show respect to yourself and others.  ACT APPROPRIATELY!
    3. Come to class with a positive attitude
  2. Consequences
    1. Depending on the behavior and situation, one or several of the following consequences may be applied.
  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Student – Teacher Conference
  3. Parent Contact / Conference
  4. Removal from class 
  5. Administrative Referral

Ms. Gigliotti will also recognize and reward students who consistently demonstrate the type of conduct and sense 

III. Grading,  Homework and other Policies:

  1. To receive full credit for homework, it must be completed by the time you  come into class the day that is due (they may not work on it during class time).

*Homework that is not completed satisfactorily will not receive credit. In other words, if the homework was filled out without really thinking about your answers (illogical answers), No credit will be given. The purpose of homework is to practice the skills we learn in class - Think about it as practicing free throws in basketball or penalty shots in soccer!

  1. Late homework will be accepted only one day after it is due for credit only if it is completed in front of me during break.

The only exception to this rule is if you are absent.  If you know that you are going to be absent, the student must see their teacher ahead of time to get the work that will be missedFor unplanned absences, IT’S THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO see their Google classroom / REMIND or teacher for make-up work and to make arrangements to take any tests/quizzes they may have missed. CHECK REMIND/ WEBSITE and note the student has ONE WEEK from the time they get back to make up tests/quizzes or they will be counted as a zero. (If absent they day the assessment was given, students must make up the assessment they day they return)

3) Late projects will lose 10% A DAY and after the third day, credit given will be determined per teacher.

  1. Grading Scale:

Spanish Department Wide Grading, Expectations and Rubrics(Weighted Grading):

-->60% Assessments: Quizzes, Tests, Oral presentations (not the ppt, research, etc…)

                                Written presentations, 

-->15% Homework: Written and Conjuguemos

-->25%    Participation: Being on Task, Using Spanish in class, class preparedness, effort, (expectations according to Rubric and Syllabus) Project preparation(ppt,research,poster, etc…)

-->2% Extra Credit: Conjuguemos, Cultural Activities

Since the testing percentage is 60% I offer makeup testing on portions of tests ONLY if the student  makes a study session appointment with me. They can retake a portion of a test if they prove they have studied it and are ready to retake it. ( In person class sessions only)

  1. Academic Dishonesty: see YLHS Handbook

Note: Discipline action will be aligned with Yorba LInda High School’s Discipline Policy found in the student handbook.

1)      Cheating/Plagiarism:

  1.     DO NOT USE THE ONLINE TRANSLATORS!!  I will know and you will receive a zero on the assignment. This is cheating and is unacceptable. Ask me if you need help! YOU MAY USE ONLINE DICTIONARIES – like
  2.   Plagiarism is defined as: “copying any sentence or sentences verbatim from the reference source without using quotation marks and without providing a complete reference…or printing out an article directly from a computer database (such as Encarta or off the Internet) and turning it in as your own work.  Students must read, synthesize, and write their own original sentences; learn to paraphrase.” (Part II.a)
  3.       If you plagiarize, (even unintentionally) you will receive a zero on the assignment. If you have doubts about what you are doing, please COME TALK TO ME ABOUT IT BEFOREHAND! I will help you!

  •   Cell phones can be used for instructional purposes ONLY when instructed by the teacher.
  •   They must be silenced and placed in designated cell phone holder. Students are responsible for picking it up at the end of the period.
  •   Photos/videos may NOT be taken in class without prior permission.
  •   We do understand that urgent matters happen, in this case, permission will be granted on a case by case basis.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in loss of participation points/hours and will be subject to YLHS cell phone policy.


VII. TARDY POLICY: Follow YLHS Handbook.

VIII. What I expect from you…

1)                  that you come to class with A POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL ATTITUDE – towards me, your classmates, the classroom and school materials. Speaking in front of others, especially in a foreign language, is difficult for everyone and it is ESSENTIAL that we create a classroom where EVERYONE feels comfortable.


2)                  that you arrive ON TIME and fully prepared – which means with:

  1.       a writing utensil
  2.     your notebook
  3.       all pertinent materials/notes/ handouts/readers/worksheets, etc.


3)                  that you ASK PERTINENT QUESTIONS when you have them. Asking questions is evidence that you are thinking and attempting to learn the material at hand!


4)                  that you be willing to actively participate in *silly* activities and have fun. Be a good sport! We will do many activities that if done in English, seem extremely simple and not worth the time. THAT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THEM IN SPANISH! The only way for you to improve your Spanish is to use it!


5)                  that you take responsibility for your own success – in terms of completing homework, making up tests and quizzes on time, and sharing the workload equally in group projects.


6)                  that you SPEAK Spanish at all times in class. It is essential for your success in this class and 25% of your grade and the only way to get an “O” in citizenship.


7)                  that you follow YLHS rules as laid out in the student handbook:

  1.       that all TECHNOLOGY DEVICES (phones, ipads, iwatch, laptops, mp3s, etc…) remain turned off INSIDE your backpack at all times, they will be confiscated and turned in to the office.  There will be times when these devices may be used in class but only when instructed and approved by me, the teacher.
  2.     That your backpacks remains underneath your desk at all times and only items pertaining to this class should be out on your desk, having or working on things for another class is prohibited and as a result, work will be confiscated and turned in to your teacher. You will also lose all participation points for that day.
  3.       no food in the classroom; you are only allowed to have water in clear bottles.  Food is only okay when it is a part of our lesson for the day or a fiesta. 
  4.     the classroom must be kept clean and organized. If I find you writing on your desk, you will stay in at break and clean all of them. Take 30 seconds before the end of class to make sure your area is clean and organized.

*Failure to follow these expectations will result in loss of participation points/detention.*

What will this class be like?  Our goal is to USE the Spanish you already know, while still advancing in vocabulary and grammar knowledge. So we will be:

Ø  Reading authentic literature in Spanish (short stories, short novels, poems, articles, magazines, publicity, etc...)

Ø  Writing (short-stories, letters,  emails,paragraphs, journals, essays, poems, memo,  etc...)

Ø  Listening Activities (conversations, commercials, narratives, etc...)

Ø  Speaking (conversations, interviews, oral presentations, etc...)

Ø  Culture (Research project on different Hispanic countries, learning about popular traditions, beliefs, food, music, holidays, singing authentic songs in Spanish, cultural projects, etc...)

Helpful resources:                                   www.elpaí     





Syllabus Signature Page

 Profesor/a ____________________

Español :_____________________

Student Name:________________________________________Per.#___

I have read the syllabus for_________________ and understand the course goals, class rules, homework guidelines, and grading policies as described. Furthermore, I understand the YLHS Tardy and Academic Dishonesty Policies described in the student handbook.

I understand that there will be NO exceptions to the late work and extra credit policies except in documented emergency situations.  Since I offer make up on assignments and some tests, there will not be any rounding of the grades at the end of the semesters.

X_____________________________________________________________________________                                 Student Signature                                                                                         Date


          Parent/Guardian Name (Printed) & signature                                                      Date                               


       Parent/Guardian Name (Printed) & signature                                                           Date                                                                                     

The best way to contact parent/guardian is:

☐email                               ☐ cell phone                             ☐ home phone.

The best time to contact parent is: .________________

 Parent Name: ______________________________________________________

Parent Email (print):__________________________________________________

Parent Cell Phone: __________________________________________________

Parent Home Phone:_________________________________________________

Permission Slip

At times throughout the school year we will be showing movies or parts of movies for enrichment and enjoyment. The majority of these films are tied to the curriculum and are a great resource to introduce culture and enhance the themes in our unit of study.  Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic cultures, history and language.  

We will also be listening and learning some of the popular music of many Spanish-Speaking countries.  Music is a big part of culture and a great way to practice fluency and vocabulary.

These movies and songs have the possibility of having a rating of G, PG or PG-13 (parental guidance).  Be assured that we will use proper discretion when showing these films and choosing the songs.  Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this permission form. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: [email protected].

____ Yes, I give my son/daughter permission to view and listen to movies or songs rated PG or PG-13.

____ No, I do not give my son/daughter permission to view or listen to PG or PG-13 films and songs. I understand alternate learning experiences will be provided for my child while the movie is being watched.

PARENT NAME:______________________________________________________





                                Oral Presentation Guidelines:       

→ All oral presentations must be written in ENGLISH but presented in SPANISH.

→ You are allowed to have resources in ENGLISH ONLY (bullet points, notes, pictures, visuals, captions, etc…)

→ No written Spanish is allowed, if you don’t know a word in Spanish, describe it or learn the vocabulary word you want to use.

→ You must submit an IDENTICAL copy of the notes you will use during your presentation.

Oral Presentation Rubric :










The student speaks clearly without hesitation or pauses and with fluidity.

The student speaks usually without hesitation or pauses and with fluidity.

The student speaks with some hesitation or pauses.

The student speaks with frequent hesitation or pauses.


Near native pronunciation and intonation.

Good effort to simulate native intonation and pronunciation.

Pronunciation and intonation do not interfere with comprehension.

Pronunciation and intonation impair comprehension.


Speaker consistently uses the appropriate vocabulary necessary to communicate.

Speaker usually uses the appropriate vocabulary necessary to communicate.

Speaker sometimes uses the appropriate vocabulary necessary to communicate.

Speaker uses little of the appropriate vocabulary necessary to communicate.


The students uses correct grammatical structures consistently.

The students usually uses correct grammatical structures.

The students mostly uses correct grammatical structures.

The students barely uses correct grammatical structures.


*Teacher understands everything that the student is trying to communicate, no interpretation required by a sympathetic speaker/listener.

*Teacher understands most of what the student is trying to communicate, minimal interpretation is required by a sympathetic speaker/listener.

*Teacher understands less than half of what the student is trying to communicate, Some interpretation is required by a sympathetic speaker/listener.

*Teacher understands very little of what the student is trying to communicate,

* Significant interpretation is required by a sympathetic speaker/listener


Shows full understanding of the topic and provides a lot of detail.

Shows a good understanding of the topic and provides some detail.

Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic.

Does not seem to understand the topic very well.


Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.

Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals.

The student is somewhat prepared, but is clear that rehearsal was lacking.

Student does not seem prepared at all to present.


Makes no errors

Makes a few errors

Makes some errors

Makes a lot of errors


Rubric - WRITING


·         No comprehensive response given (can’t tell what is being said).

·         No response given.


You can…

·         Write with occasional Spanish words and phrases with English support.

·         Write simple ideas that can occasionally be understood by your audience.

·         Does not include the appropriate grammar structures and vocabulary for the topic.


You can…

·         Write for the situation with Spanish words and familiar phrases.

·         Can sometimes be understood by your audience.

·         Does not include a lot of grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriate for the topic.


You can…

·         Write using simple sentences and lists.

·         Write about the topic, but minimally for the situation.

·         Can respond to questions appropriately when asked.

·         Can mostly be understood by your audience.

·         Incorporate basic grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriate for the topic


You can…

·         Include some transitions and flavoring expressions.

·         Write appropriately and sufficiently for the situation.

·         Write using strings of sentences.

·         Can be understood by your audience without trouble.

·         Elaborate on some ideas.

·         Incorporate some grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriate for the topic


You can…

·         Can be easily understood by your audience

·         Write appropriately for the situation

·         Include transitions and connections of ideas

·         Elaborate on most to all ideas.

·         Incorporate a variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriate for the topic.

How well you use the language







You make little to no errors in grammar, word choice or word order.

Your errors in grammar, word choice and word order do not prevent your communication.

Your errors in grammar, word choice and word order rarely prevent communication.

Your errors in

grammar, word

choice and word

order sometimes



Your errors in

grammar, word

choice and word

order frequently



Your errors in grammar, word choice and word order completely prevent communication.