Sixth Grade Spanish for Fluent Speakers
This course provides students with a solid foundation in the four major language skill categories: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal is to promote an understanding and clear appreciation of Latino culture, to practice advanced conversation skills, and to ask and answer questions using grammatically correct phrases and expressions. Students apply vocabulary, spelling rules, and grammatic structures in oral and written assignments and projects. They explore varied texts: story tales, fiction, anecdotes, legends, and short plays, with accompanying written and oral activities. Students engage in two research projects and use the workbook, Español Esencial I, for reinforcing grammar skills. The use of Rosetta Stone and other technology complements a fun and rich learning environment.
Unit 1: Spanish Origin - Why do we learn Spanish?
Students investigate and reflect on how the Spanish language became so widely spoken, where did it originate, and how did it spread across the globe to be spoken in so many countries, and by so many people, today. Text: Me llamo María Isabel
Unit 2: Day of the Dead Celebration - What is its significance?
This unit focuses on an ancient indigenous Mexican holiday and has the objective of enriching cultural appreciation, values, and traditions from other cultures.
Unit 3: The Story Tale - How do I read, analyze, and create my own story tale?
Students are introduced to characteristics of story tales that help them develop an appreciation of this genre of Latino-American fiction; they plan and write their own story tales. Text: Tulia y la Tecla Mágica
Unit 4: Language and Culture in the Real World - How does language reflect a culture?
Language is the primary medium for transmitting much of culture; without language, culture would not be possible. Students read and comment on different newspaper articles connected with the real world and work in teams to create a TV News Show.
Unit 5: Poetry - How do I perform an oral poem in front of an audience?
Students learn diverse techniques for memorizing and performing a Spanish language poem in front of the group, and are encouraged to participate in our annual Spanish Poetry Contest.
Unit 6: Writing an Anecdote - What distinguishes real and fictional stories?
Students engage in diverse real and fictional stories that create a sense of magic and wonder about the world.
Unit 7: Research and Performance
Students connect the Spanish language with different subjects by selecting a research project and creating both a written and oral presentation. Consequently, they learn the parts of a theater play, dramatize different dialogues, write a script, and perform the play in front of the class.