Class Participation (25%):
Your attendance, punctuality, and active participation are required. You will receive a daily grade (0-100 points) for participation and performance. A grade of 90-100 is reserved for a student who is well prepared for class, is actively involved in ALL class activities and uses the target language creatively and intelligently. A grade of 80-89 is earned by a student who is partially prepared for class, but speaks English or does not participate fully and successfully; a grade of 60-79 is earned by a student who is present but does not participate or a student who consistently uses English in class; grades below 60 are earned by students who are unprepared or whose behavior impedes their own learning or that of others (arriving late to class, being disrespectful to the teacher or to other students, reading outside materials, chatting with others, doing homework in class, sleeping, and other inappropriate behaviors); a grade of 0 is given for unexcused absences. Up to 5 absences will be excused per semester in accordance with CHRHS policy.
Compositions (includes Cuaderno Personal) (15%):
You will be required to write one composition of 300 or more words for each of the seven chapters we will study this year. All compositions must be word processed and double spaced to allow room for comments. You will work in small groups to revise the composition drafts and you will then have an opportunity to incorporate your classmates' suggestions into a final version. A copy of the grading rubric for compositions is attached to the syllabus.
Also included in this category is your Cuaderno Personal, a series of essays that you will write throughout the year. Three Cuaderno Personal essays will be in response to activities in each of the seven chapters of Lectura y redaccion. Your essays will be graded on how deeply you think about the tasks assigned and on how that thinking is reflected in your writing. Some consideration will be given to grammar. but those issues are secondary in grading the Cuaderno Personal.
The syllabus includes a calendar that contains daily assignments. You are expected to prepare exercises for class from the textbook, workbook and other sources as assigned. All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day indicated. Late work is not accepted for credit.
There will be announced and unannounced quizzes on class work and/or assignments.
There will be a test on each chapter.
Final Exam (15%)
There will be a final test over all material covered in chapters 1-7.