Spanish 1A

Instructor: Christy Rath
Phone: 323-5726
Building: North Middle School, Room 82

Course Description:  This course is the first year of a two-year middle school introduction to Spanish. The programs consist of vocabulary acquisition, cultural awareness, and mastery of grammatical concepts with emphasis on all five language components (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture).  These skills form the foundation for further study in high school.  In order to complete level one of a world language program, students must begin in the 7th grade and continue their study in the 8th grade.  Two years of middle-school instruction is comparable to one year of high-school instruction.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, students will be required to complete two credits of a world language in order to receive a high-school diploma.  Since one credit is received by successfully taking both 7th and 8th grade world language, one credit will be required in high school.

Essential Learning Expectations: 

By the end of the first year of middle-school study, students will have focused on the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural norms related to the following topics:

  • Greeting one another and making introductions
  • Talking about the day, date, and time
  • Describing others
  • Discussing leisure activities, likes, and wants
  • Naming school supplies and pointing out needs
  • Extending invitations
  • Making plans and talking about events at school
  • Explaining relationships in the family
  • Talking about chores and responsibilities

Text used and other recommended materials: 
  • ¡Exprésate! Level 1A Textbook


At the end of a nine-week marking period, the teacher will total the points earned by each individual student as well as the total points possible in accordance with Regulation #5200.  A student’s points may be those from tests, daily quizzes, specific assignments, etc. Portage teachers have two options in computing student grades:  (1) recording scores by categories, such as tests/quizzes, homework, special projects, etc. or (2) recording all points together, without the separation into categories. 

In this class, the student’s percentage score is comprised of the following:


Assessments are worth 75% of the student’s final 


Homework assignments are worth 25% of the 

student’s final grade.

Student scores that result in .05 or higher should be rounded up.  The following percentage scale applies.      

100 - 91.5  = A

91.4 - 89.5 = A-

89.4 - 87.5 = B+

87.4 - 81.5 = B

81.4 - 79.5 = B-

79.4 - 77.5 = C+

77.4 - 71.5 = C

71.4 - 69.5 = C-

69.4 - 67.5 = D+

67.4 - 61.5 = D

61.4 - 59.5 = D-

59.4 - 0      = E

Grades will be rounded up only to the tenth place during this calculation.  Students will only earn a passing grade for a marking period if they achieve at or above 59.45%, which rounds to 59.5%.