Grades 6 - 8 Spanish
About the Teacher:
Lisa Johnson has been a Spanish teacher at Bishop Dunn Memorial school for 18 years. Lisa has also taught at other Catholic schools in Orange country for the past 33 years. She enjoys bringing culture and history of Hispanic countries into the classroom as well as speaking, reading and writing in the target language. Lisa has been on a panel in SUNY New Paltz college for students entering the special education field as well as mentoring work study students and students pursuing teaching degrees at Mount Saint Mary College. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and is a grandmother of seven children. Lisa was a foster mom, fresh air mom and now serves as a mentor for RAPP (Relatives as Parents Program).
|Grade 6 Spanish||Ms. Megan Roussos
|Grade 7 Spanish||Ms. Carolyn Rodolis
|Grade 8 Spanish||Mr. Charles Benfer
Welcome to Middle School Spanish
The Spanish curriculum focuses on mastering speaking, comprehension, reading and writing in the target language.
Text and workbook pages being covered each day are posted on the board for the week ahead and students copy the daily lessons as well as test dates on Friday or at the end of each week into their planners during class. Any incomplete workbook pages and/text activities are expected to be completed at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by leaving a message at school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please have students review the vocabulary nightly in their translation pages, study guides, checked off workbook activities, notebook quiz formats, text activities in notebooks and flashcards. They will need to bring home their text, work and notebooks every night to review and have in case of absence, school closing or delay. All students will be tested orally individually and in groups for a grade as well as graded for an autobiography writing sample given in Chapter 3 of each unit. Students are also given study guides to review for upcoming quizzes and tests. Checking off important exercises in workbooks and copying formatted examples from the board for certain quizzes and parts of exams are another resource for students to review at home to prepare for upcoming tests. Each unit contains four chapters. We use the 2004 Como Te Va Series. Quizlet is also available for students to practice vocabulary.
Each January, the ADAC Council will sponsor a poster contest and the information will be explained to the students and sent home with a due date. These posters are a project grade. We have had many talented students place in this contest and some in our school have won the grand prize for the county. Posters are delivered to the Goshen site and winners are announced.
Please be sure to check the Educate Parent Portal system each week to view Spanish grades. Weekly, the grades are updated daily in the system. Workbooks are usually completed in class as homework. Students are expected to review at home from Sunday through Thursday each week to prepare for tests and quizzes. They will have an occasional project and portfolio writing sample to type up as well as verb sheets to hand in. Please check their planners at the end of each week to see the projected work for the week ahead. If you notice their grades dropping on the Cornerstone Parent Portal, please feel free to contact me via email on the BDMS website. Copies of any tests/quizzes may be sent home with a student to review for chapter tests and unit exams. Students may request the copies from me and I will send them down to get the copies as soon as possible. Students may also ask for extra help and I will try and accommodate them during their flex time, if I don't have a class at that time, or during lunch/recess time if I am free. Eighth grade will receive additional help on Wednesdays when they are not at Head Start as well as after school until 3 pm by appointment when I am available. Grade 8 is totally immersed in the target language so I will briefly address any questions after class in addition to the other times previously mentioned.
We are looking forward to another successful year. Thank you, in advance, for your support.
Welcome to a new school year!
Grade 6 will be focusing on learning about different Hispanic countries throughout the world. Students will learn reading, writing and conversation in the target language. They will be learning new vocabulary, present tense verb conjugations as well as mini projects. Students will need to review their study guide material, vocabulary, workbook pages that are checked off as well as any text activities from Sunday through Thursday to prepare for upcoming audio and written exams. They will also learn songs in Spanish and the Hispanic culture.
Grade 7 curriculum focuses on present tense verbs as well as future tense. Students will continue to practice speaking in the target language, learn new vocabulary and cultural lessons in addition to writing their autobiography. Mini projects online such as creating their family tree and the rooms of a house are examples of some of the creative lessons the seventh grade students will enjoy. Students should review Sunday through Thursday the following: the study guide material, vocabulary, checked workbook activities, quiz format sheets, as well as any textbook activities we have completed.
Grade 8 students will be transitioning to hearing lessons taught in the target language intermittently. Students wlll focus on stem changing verbs, preterite tense verbs, additional vocabulary, speaking as well as adding to their autobiographies with more practice writing. Students should review Sunday through Thursday. For each unit, students should review the vocabulary, quiz format sheets, checked off activities in their workbooks, study guides as well as any activities they complete in the textbook. We will begin the year with review and then continue with a unit on sports and stem changing verbs. In September, a link will be posted for all students in grade eight to list their name and the high school or high schools they are considering to attend upon graduation. This list will help to identify the students who will need the review packets for the Spanish placement exams for high school. These packets will be given out in January to help the students review and prepare for the tests.
See Grade 7 and 8 Supply Lists
Glencoe McGraw Hill 2004 Como Te Va Rojo (Red) Text and Workbook - Grade 6
Glencoe McGraw Hill 2004 Como Te Va Verde (Green) Text and Workbook - Grade 7
Glencoe McGraw Hill 2004 Como Te Va Azul(Blue) Text and Workbook - Grade 8