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Español 3 Honores


Spanish 3 Honors Syllabus

Instructor : Señor Juan de la Cruz                                                                                                 Semesters: Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Subject: Spanish 3 Honors                                                                                                              Conference time:  4th period (11:20-12:50)

Room #: 309                                                                                                                                    Email:

Pre-requisite: Spanish 2 or equivalent                                                                                            Period: 3rd                                           


Texts and Supplementary Materials

  • ¡En Marcha!, published by Prentice Hall, is the current principal workbook. Initially, students will not be issued a copy of the workbook. There is a class set of workbooks, and individual copies will only be issued upon request (checked out through the teacher). All information that students need for tests and quizzes will be given to them in class notes, handouts, and homework assignments. Since there is no workbook taken home on a daily basis, it is of utmost importance that students keep organized notebooks with their daily notes and handouts in them.
  • ¡Buen viaje! level 2, published by Glencoe McGraw Hill, is a supplementary textbook we will use for additional, required Students will be issued a copy of the textbook for which they are responsible for its condition.

Students in each unit of study will practice the following TEKS: Communicate in Spanish, understand and interpret written and spoken Spanish, present concepts and information on a variety of subjects to listeners and readers, and gain knowledge of other cultures.  The class will be conducted in both Spanish and English.  Student will be presented with exposure to AP sample material in order to facilitate future transition to upper level courses.



Students are expected to:

  • Express themselves in Spanish throughout the class
  • Read and write extensively in the Spanish language
  • Read short stories, news articles, and books written by well-known Spanish and Latin American writers
  • Become proficient in the four language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Become familiar with the different Spanish-speaking countries (including the United States), learning about their similarities as well as their differences
  • Become proficient in using the language to deal with daily situations


In addition, Spanish 3 Honors students will: 1) perform additional weekly activities demanding higher level thinking skills or more in-depth, independent work; 2) take expanded quizzes/tests; 3) attempt to speak almost exclusively in Spanish throughout the class period.



Supplies -- Students are responsible to keep up with, and bring to class every day their supplies.

  • One 3 ring binder (may be shared with other classes as long as there is a section designated for Spanish)
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Only black or blue pens, pencils
  • 1 spiral notebook for notes
  • 1 package of paper/Styrofoam plates for food projects throughout the year (up to 50 count)

* Students will be penalized if not prepared for class with all materials*

Attendance & Tardies

  • A student who arrives to class more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent.
  • Students are expected to be on time, in their seats, and prepared for class when the tardy bell rings. If tardy, the following is imposed:
                • 1st Tardy – Verbal warning
                • 2nd Tardy - One detention; parents contacted.
                • 3rd Tardy - One detention; parents contacted & warned of further disciplinary action if the student receives any more tardies.
                • 4th Tardy & any additional tardies - Office referral; parents contacted; decision by administration to assign Saturday School; ISS; etc.

Students will be evaluated on the four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Evaluations will be conducted formally (written tests, quizzes) as well as informally (teacher/student interactions, class participation, etc.)



Test/project grades  = 50% of overall grade

There will be at least 6 tests each semester (i.e. 2 per 6 weeks), plus additional projects, which will also count as a test grade. District assessments will be given at the end of the first and second semester.

Daily grades = 50% of overall grade

Includes quizzes (quizzes may be announced or unannounced, and weighted as single or double, as teacher determines), homework assignments, ¡Empecemos! (bellwork), class participation, oral presentations, mini-projects, class work/daily assignments, and online assessments.

Daily Grades breakdown:

Quizzes/oral presentations: 30%

Homework/Daily Assignments: 10%

¡Empecemos! (bellwork): 5%

Tutoring: 5% Students are required to tutor lower level students of Spanish for three 25 minute sessions per six weeks grading period (taking advantage of the tutorial schedule is highly recommended to fulfill this requirement). A Spanish teacher must be present to document the required tutoring time. If no lower level students are present, tutorials become a study hall.



Student was absent:  Students with excused absences will be allowed to make up any missed assignments.  Student must request make-up work no later than THE DAY YOU RETURN TO CLASS FOLLOWING AN ABSENCE. It is the student’s responsibility to request missed assignments and find out what they need to make up in the event of an absence. Students will be given one day for each day missed to turn in assignments. 

Student was not absent: If the student was not absent and does not turn in an assignment on time (meaning completed at the beginning of the class period), they will receive a 30 point deduction (maximum grade of 70%) if the assignment is submitted one day after the due date. Absolutely no credit will be given after the one day grace period. Parents, please make sure your children are completing homework and daily assignments ON TIME, as it will impact their grade significantly.

Failed Tests:

Students who fail tests will be allowed to retake them for a maximum grade of 70. Absolutely no other type of assignment may be redone. Students must come in during tutorials to make corrections, then come in to retake a different version of the test within one week.


EXTRA CREDIT PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS – I may or may not choose to offer extra credit options in this course; I leave that decision open to my discretion. Extra credit options may be offered to everyone in the class. Extra credit will NOT, however, be offered on an individual basis. Do not come to me the day before grade reports come out and ask if there is anything you can do to raise your grade.  The grade you receive is a reflection of the cumulative work and effort you have put out over the grading period. Do not expect to be able to do an extra credit project to compensate for your consistent lack of effort.



ALL RULES as defined in the STUDENT HANDBOOK are in effect at all times in this classroom and overrule the syllabus for this class.  Appropriate disciplinary measures will be enforced at all times.  I will enforce district policies concerning tardiness, dress code, restroom privileges, etc. Additionally, here are a few specific rules you must follow at all times in my classroom:            

  1. NO GUM! The only exception to this rule is on quiz and test days, excluding any oral assignments.
  2. No eating or drinking in the classroom, except for class projects as instructed by the teacher.
  3. Be on time, be prepared, and begin working on your “Empecemos” {bellwork} as soon as the bell rings.
  4. Be respectful of yourself, the teacher, your classmates and everything in the classroom.
  5. Talking is never allowed while I am teaching.
  6. Keep all aisles clear at all times.
  7. Always participate and complete all class work assignments when they are given - daily grades can be taken at any time as well as unannounced quizzes.
  8. Bring all supplies to class every day (homework, paper, notebook, pens, and pencils).
  9. Electronic devices are only allowed with the teacher’s permission, which is rarely.
  10. DO YOUR OWN WORK. *Internet text translators are UNACCEPTABLE and students will be penalized (both academically and with disciplinary actions) if found to be using these devices. Additionally, these programs are often unreliable and inaccurate if not used correctly. I am a native Spanish speaker and can recognize incorrect usage of the language immediately, especially if done by electronic means.


Be positive and work hard! My class is challenging, but not impossible!