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If you do not have a use for your Zorro book, it would help if you could donate it back to the school for next year’s students. We are not able to get enough copies from the manufacturer for all of next year’s students.

3/10, 13: Escribir el ensayo. Lee el capitulo 2 de Zorro, y empieza este examencito en Quia sobre el capitulo dos. Revisar el examen. Tarea: Get a minimum of 80% correct on Zorro, chapter 2.

3/14, 15: Conversaciones. Hablar de los primeros dos capítulos de Zorro. Revisar el examen. Practicar el uso de los objetos directos e indirectos en la misma frase. Tarea: Consulting letter “I” in the grammar packet, do “Comparatives and Superlatives, Level 1” in Conjuguemos. Get at least 40 right with 90% accuracy. Read Zorro,chapter 3. Here is a vocabulary list to help with this. Do the Quia activity over chapter 3 with a minimum of 80% accuracy for credit.

3/16, 17: Spelling words that may or may not have accent marks. Comparatives song. Practiced comparatives with pictures. Practiced double object pronouns by passing cards. Worked on “Double Object Pronouns, level 1” in lab. Tarea: Look over letter O in the grammar packet (and/or watch this video), then in Conjuguemos, do “Double Object Pronouns, level 1”. Get 20 right with 90% accuracy for credit. Also, read chapter 4 of Zorro, and answer the do the Quia activity over chapter 4 with 80% accuracy.

3/20, 21: Conversation. Songs. Comparatives pictures. Preterite/Imperfect worksheet. Pass cards with double object pronouns.  To lab to work on Double Object Pronouns levels 1-2. Tarea: In Conjuguemos, do “Double Object Pronouns, level 2″. Get 20 right with 90% accuracy.

3/22, 23: Worked on Preterite vs. Imperfect worksheet. Comparatives/Superlatives practice with photos. Double object pronoun DVD, double object pronoun card passing. To lab to work on double object pronouns (level 3), comparatives level 1, preterite and imperfect, and/or writing problems. Tarea: Prepare for test over: Double object pronouns (through level 3–for help, read letter O in the grammar packet, and/or watch the video here.), preterite and imperfect forms and usage, the basics of comparatives and superlatives (level 1), muy/mucho, bien/bueno, mal/malo from the “II Writing Problems” activity in Quia, and the first four chapters of Zorro.

3/24, 27: Test 4: Double object pronouns (through level 3), preterite and imperfect forms and usage, the basics of comparatives and superlatives (level 1), muy/mucho, bien/bueno, mal/malo from the “writing problems” activity in Quia, and the first four chapters of ZorroTarea: In Conjuguemos, do “II Common Errors to Eliminate”. Shoot for 40 correct with at least 90% accuracy. (It’s not for a grade quite yet: due date to-be-determined.)

3/28, 29: Conversaciones. Canciones. Accent mark practice. Comparisons of pictures. Write some comparative sentences based on pictures. Tarea: Lee el capítulo 5 de Zorro, y contesta las preguntas en Zorro ch. 5. Mínimo de 80% por crédito. Continue working on “II Common Errors to Eliminate”.

3/30: Went over test. Conversation. Talk about Zorro chapter 5. Songs. Practice comparisons. To lab to work on “Comparatives/Superlatives level 2”, “Participles, Present” (letters C-E in grammar packet), and II Common Errors to Eliminate. Tarea: Prepare for quiz over the “When Words (this link is a Quizlet)“, which you received in class. To prepare, learn the words using the Quizlet, then do the Conjuguemos activity entitled “When Words” until you are good at it. The Conjuguemos activity is not for a grade, but it is the best way to make sure you’re ready for the quiz.

Spring Break!

4/10: (Gold Day) Went over test.  Conversations in Spanish about break. Songs. Practice comparisons. To lab to work on “Comparatives/Superlatives level 2” and II Common Errors to Eliminate.  Tarea: Prepare for quiz over the “When Words (this link is a Quizlet)“, which you received in class. To prepare, learn the words using the Quizlet, then do the Conjuguemos activity entitled “When Words” until you are good at it. The Conjuguemos activity is not for a grade, but it is the best way to make sure you’re ready for the quiz.

4/11, 12: Conversations. Go over test. Review Zorro and begin reading chapter 6. Introduce “Participles, Present” (letters C-E in grammar packet) Tarea: Prepare for the quiz over “When words” using the resources above. Also, in a careful reading of sections C-E of the grammar packet, review (we introduced these in class) how to make Present Participles—those “-ing” words that we’ve seen all year with –ando and –iendo endings. Notice that there are regular ones and irregular ones. Also notice that you can add pronouns to them just as you can to infinitives, and that accent marks are added to keep the stress from changing. You have seen these in many readings this year, so this shouldn’t be too strange for you, but you will not be able to complete the work without a careful reading of C-E. Begin working on “Participles, Present”. Also, finish reading chapter 6 of Zorro and complete Zorro, capítulo 6 with at least 80% accuracy.

4/13, 14: Quiz, “When words”. Go over Zorro ch. 6. Read Zorro chapter 7. Work on Participles/Progressive tenses (C-E in grammar packet), Comparatives, Level 2, and II Common Errors to eliminate, and/or Zorro, ch. 7 Tarea: Read letter C in the grammar packet about the present progressive (“is ___-ing”). For credit, do “Progressive Tense, Present”. Get 20 right with at least 90% accuracy for credit. If you have trouble with the participles, stop and do the “Participles, Present” activity (not for credit) until the participles are no longer a problem, then continue with the homework. Also, complete your reading of Zorro, chapter 7, and do  Zorro, ch. 7  (80% minimum for credit.)

4/17, 18:  Conversations. Read Zorro ch. 8. Forget about the worksheet! Using a Chromebook or your own device, work on homework or anything else we’ve been doing recently. Here is the Zorro ch. 8 Quia activity. Tarea: Look over Grammar Packet sections C, D, and E, and do the Conjuguemos assignment over past and present entitled “Progressive Tenses: Past and Present”. Get 20/90%. Also, complete Zorro ch. 8 with at least 80% accuracy for credit.

4/19, 20: Review Zorro ch. 8. Read Zorro ch. 9. Work on preterite vs. imperfect with short movies. Introduction to Voces Inocentes. Tarea: Zorro ch. 9, 80% accuracy. Be aware that preterite vs. imperfect will appear on the test (again). If you weren’t good at the preterite/imperfect section on the last test, you won’t be good at it on the next one either unless you practice the forms on your own and/or see me in SRT for help on the preterite vs. imperfect choice! Also,  work on “Comparatives/Superlatives level 2” a little each day in preparation for the up-coming test, and on “liking” and “having fun” from the Writing Reference Packet and the Quia activity “II Writing Problems“. You may want to review “liking” by watching this explanation, and by re-doing in Conjuguemos Backward Verbs levels 1, 2, and 3.

About Voces Inocentes

This movie is based on the experiences of Oscar Torres, who c0-wrote the movie with director Luis Mandoki. An interview that I normally link to has disappeared, but this Google search provides several options for you to read. Please let me know which of these you like best (I don’t have time to look through them now) and I’ll link them in the future. This is the most concise, balanced (many sources are biased) explanation of the civil war in El Salvador that I can find.

4/21, 24: Background and introduction to Voces Inocentes. First 22 minutes of Voces Inocentes. Tarea: Lee los capítulos 10 y 11 del Zorro, y haz la actividad de Quia, Zorro, ch. 10-11con un mínimo de 80% correcto.

4/25, 26: Continued watching Voces Inocentes through 47:04Tarea: Begin preparing for three things that will appear on the test class-after-next; two review, and one new: 1. Qué vs. Cuál, (explained on the last page of this updated Grammar Packet) which you can practice on the Conjuguemos activity of the same name (not for a grade); 2. Review of numbers 0-199 (on back of “numbers and when words” sheet), which you really should practice thoroughly using this Quia activity; 3. Review (for recognition, Spanish-to-English) of “relationship” and “celebration” vocabulary.

4/27, 28: Continued watching Voces Inocentes. Tarea: The test is postponed to class-after-next. Continue working on the material above. The Quia numbers activity has been fixed–make sure your numbers practice includes working on that quiz until you’re good at it.

5/1, 2: Finished watching Voces Inocentes. Discussed. Prepare for tests using ChromeBooks. Tarea: Prepare for test next class over: “when” words and days of the week review . Comparatives and superlatives (like “Comparatives/Superlatives, Level 2” in Conjuguemos.), preterite vs. imperfect, “liking” and “having fun” from writing reference sheet and the II Writing Problems activity, and present and past progressive tenses (like “Progressive Tense, Present”, and “Progressive Tense, Past and Present” in Conjuguemos.) You will need to be able to correctly attach object pronouns, including double object pronouns, as in the Conjuguemos activities, Zorro–all chapters covered since the last test, numbers 0-199 (on back of “numbers and when words” sheet), Qué vs. Cuáland Spanish-to-English recognition of “relationship” and “celebration” vocabulary.

5/3, 4: Examen (Test 5) “when” words and days of the week review . Comparatives and superlatives (like “Comparatives/Superlatives, Level 2” in Conjuguemos.), preterite vs. imperfect, “liking” and “having fun” from writing reference sheet and the II Writing Problems activity, and present and past progressive tenses (like “Progressive Tense, Present”, and “Progressive Tense, Past and Present” in Conjuguemos.) You will need to be able to correctly attach object pronouns, including double object pronouns, as in the Conjuguemos activities, Zorro–all chapters covered since the last test, numbers 0-199 (on back of “numbers and when words” sheet), Qué vs. Cuáland Spanish-to-English recognition of “relationship” and “celebration” vocabulary. Tarea: Start reviewing these words from third quarter.

If you do not want to keep your Zorro book, please donate your copy to next year’s classes. Please bring your book to class next time.

5/5, 8: Briefly study and play Quizlet Live with Weather, past and present. Powerpoint about negative and affirmative words (letter J in the Grammar Packet). Work together on “Affirmative and Negative Words, Level 2”. Watch Kite, and write the story in Spanish using preterite and imperfect. Tarea: Continue reviewing medical words from third quarter. Work on Big Numbers. Here’s a Quizlet over them, but make sure you rely on the information on the back of the “when words” sheet .

5/9, 10: Read stories you wrote about Kite. Introduce past participles, demonstration of Conjuguemos activity. Quizlet Live: medical vocabulary, big numbers. Personal explanation and practice. Tarea: Begin preparing for test class-after-next by looking in the tarea area below and doing the activities mentioned that will help you prepare.

5/11, 12: Go over tests. Preterite/Imperfect fill-in-the-blanks story. Prepositional pronouns. Online practice with Chromebooks. Tarea: prepare for test over 1. When words, days, numbers 0-999,999,999 (English-to-Spanish), 2. Past participles (letter G in Grammar Packet and the progression of “Participles, Past…” activities in Conjuguemos, and here is a Quizlet over Irregular Past Participles.), 3. Affirmative and Negative expressions (J in Grammar Packet, level 2 in Conjuguemos), 4. Preterite vs. Imperfect, including “if the number of times is mentioned, use preterite”, 5. Personal a, or not (letter F in Grammar Packet and Conjuguemos activity). There is no section devoted to personal a, but there will be at least one opportunity to demonstrate that you know when to use it. 6. Weather, Medical textbook vocab (Spanish-to-English) 7. Prepositional pronouns (mí, ti; letter L in the Grammar Packet).

5/15, 16: Test  6: 1. When words, days, numbers 0-999,999,999 (English-to-Spanish), 2. Past participles (letter G in Grammar Packet and the progression of “Participles, Past…” activities in Conjuguemos, and here is a Quizlet over Irregular Past Participles.), 3. Affirmative and Negative expressions (J in Grammar Packet, level 2 in Conjuguemos), 4. Preterite vs. Imperfect, including “if the number of times is mentioned, use preterite”, 5. Personal a, or not (letter F in Grammar Packet and Conjuguemos activity). There is no section devoted to personal a, but there will be at least one opportunity to demonstrate that you know when to use it. 6. Weather, Medical textbook vocab (Spanish-to-English) 7. Prepositional pronouns (mí, ti; letter L in the Grammar Packet).

Here is a sheet you can use to plan your studying for the final exam. 

5/17: B1 and B2, extra blue day. Final exam tips and information. Mostly un-structured study time, and some students will be taking tests, so bring work to do.

5/18: Gold review day.

5/19: Blue review day.

5/22: G3 Final at 11:40

5/23: G1 Final at 1:33

5/24: Finals, B1 (11:40) and B2 (1:33)

x/x Introduced participles as part of perfect tenses. Saw the PowerPoint (again) about the difficulties with the affirmative and negative word list. Went to lab to practice “Affirmative and Negative Words level 2” in Conjuguemos. Introduced “personal a” from letter F in grammar packet. Tarea: Begin searching for an authentic dish from the country you chose. I suggest that you first search in English to see the names of some popular dishes from your country. Then search in Spanish on YouTube to find a video in Spanish that shows someone making your dish. You will receive a sheet next class that explains in-detail the requirements for this year’s food day. Also by next class, complete homework assigned last class. Also begin “Affirmative and Negative Words level 2”, which will be due class-after-next, with a minimum score of 20/90%. Consult letter F in the grammar packet and begin working on “Personal a, or not”. This will not be due for credit, but it will be a good review of this semester’s vocabulary (Test 1, Test 2, When words), and you will need to be able to use the personal a on the test.

x/x Conversation. Songs. Talked about “special meaning” preterites, and practice them using “Preterites, Special Meanings”. Saw part 1 of El Mariachi. Tarea: Prepare for essay next class by reviewing these sequence words. Also make sure that your preterite forms are solid. Continue preparing for final exam and test by studying this semester’s vocabulary, and working on “Personal a, or not”. Continue preparing for la fiesta de comidas.

x/x In-class essay. Review double object pronouns. Part 2 of El Mariachi. Tarea: Prepare for test over all semester 2 vocabulary (Test 1, Test 2, When words) for recognition (I give you Spanish, you give me English) only. Affirmative and negative words (level 2),  personal a, or not (there is no test section for “personal a”, but you still need to practice it, because at least one sentence that you translate will require the personal a), past participles (regular and irregular, used as adjectives), and a short section of preterite and imperfect.

 

All semester 2 vocabulary (Test 1, Test 2, When words) for recognition  only. Affirmative and negative words, personal a, or not, past participles (regular and irregular, used as adjectives), and a short section of preterite and imperfect. Tarea: Look carefully at the review information I gave you in class and begin preparing for the final exam. There are new activities in Conjuguemos over “Prepositional Pronouns” and “Qué vs. cuál“. These are not for credit, but questions over these topics will appear on the final exam. Here are three activities to review numbers: Basic numbers practice0-199 practiceBig numbers practice. Prepare your dishes and your presentations for tomorrow’s Fiesta de comidas.