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Course Info.-Pre-AP Lit.

PRE-AP SPANISH LITERATURE       COURSE DESIGN AND SYLLABUS
2007-2008      ROBERT A. JENKINS, INSTRUCTOR       ROOM 336

PHONE:              804-354-6800    EXTENSION 3311
E-MAIL:             bjenkins@gsgis.k12.va.us
OFFICE:             ROOM 331.  OFFICE HOURS:  AVAILABLE UPON 
                    REQUEST AND BY APPOINTMENT.

TEXTS:              1.  Abriendo puertas-Tomo I & II-Antología de literatura 
                        en español.  Nextext.  McDougal Littell, Inc.  2003.
                    2.  Horizontes:  Gramática y conversación. 4th ed.    
                        Heinle & Heinle.
                    3.  Schaum's Outlines-Spanish Grammar.  Workbook, 4th   
                        ed., Conrad J. Schmitt, McGraw-Hill.
                    Other references used in class:
                    4.  Repaso (workbook).  Glencoe, McGraw-Hill.
                    5.  Triángulo (AP exam practice).  4th ed., Wayside 
                        Publishing, 2006.
                    6.  Tertulia (AP exam practice for speaking 
                        comprehension), 2nd ed., Thomson/Heinle, 2001.
                    7.  Advanced Spanish Grammar.  Prado.  Wiley, Inc.  2nd  
                        ed., 1997.
                    8.  Una vez más.  2nd ed., Longman.
                    9.  AP Spanish Workbook.  2nd ed., Longman
                   10.  Abriendo paso.  Revised edition, Heinle & Heinle.
                   11.  Various handouts, CDs, etc.

COURSE DESCRIPTION, OBJECTIVES AND GOALS:

The prerequisite for this course is a grade of A or B+ in Spanish III or 
teacher recommendation.  This course is the first in a 2-year sequence 
designed for advanced placement or advanced preparation in Spanish.  It 
provides a smooth transition from a general language acquisition and 
comprehension-based program to a course stressing language production in 
Spanish.  Students read, summarize, analyze and discuss authentic 
literature, mimic native pronunciation, discuss current events, and study 
films in Spanish.  Pre-AP Spanish Literature requires advanced levels of 
grammatical accuracy and vocabulary.  The goal of this course is to expand 
the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture through literary works, 
and to practice the skills and strategies necessary to perform successfully 
on the AP Spanish Literature Exam.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Each student should come prepared daily with the necessary items of pencils, 
pens and loose paper.  Additionally, each student should have a 3-ring 
binder/notebook, a good Spanish/English dictionary (the bigger, the better!) 
and a CD.  Students should bring texts and materials to every class period.  
Also, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the National 
Spanish Exam in March, for which there is a small fee.

MAJOR TOPICS DISCUSSED:

  1.  Vocabulary:  Most topics are covered in Chapters 1-10 of the text, 
                   Horizontes, plus current events, technology, and 
                   literature-based themes, etc....
  2.  Grammar:     All indicative and subjunctive moods are reviewed, plus 
                   all other topics discussed in the Horizontes text and
                   the Schaum's workbook.  Necessary grammar review will be  
                   incorporated through the contextual literature discussed 
                   in class.
  3.  Literature:  Most genre types will be discussed:  poetry, prose, 
                   short stories, drama, novel, etc.  Popular 20th century 
                   authors include García Lorca, Machado, Darío, Neruda,  
                   Martí, Unamuno, Borges, Allende, García Márquez, and more..

GRADING FORMAT/ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION PROCEDURES:

40%     TESTS   (2-3 per marking period, major projects)
30%     OTHER WRITTEN EXPRESSION   (quizzes, compositions, essays, listening 
        comprehension, small projects, written work on oral presentations,  
        graded homeworks, etc.)
20%     ORAL PARTICIPATION/PROFICIENCY   (daily participation, recorded 
        activities, directed response, reactions, analysis, presentations,   
        debates, etc.)
10%     HOMEWORK   (text and other exercises from handouts, etc.)

GSGIS HONORS GRADING SCALE:

100-97     A+
 96-93     A
 92-88     B+
 87-85     B
 84-81     C+
 80-77     C
 76-73     D+
 72-70     D
  69-0     F

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

All students will follow the MLWGS student handbook and conduct guides.  
Mutual respect is of utmost importance, and consequences will be dealt with 
accordingly.  Tardiness is not tolerated, and make-up work (for excused 
absences only) should be completed in a timely manner and on an efficient 
basis.  Late work is not accepted.  The website for the class is updated 
weekly, and the students should refer to it on a consistent basis.  The 
web page is also linked to the school's homepage.  Likewise, the teacher can 
be contacted by e-mail.  Therefore, work should be completed on the assigned 
date.  Students should not hesitate to seek additional assistance when 
needed.

--I look forward to a very exciting and rewarding year!      Sr. Jenkins



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