• Merrillville High School

    Course Scope & Sequence





     World Languages

    Spanish I A


     Sra. Hannah Coronado






    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    Las Reglas y Las Expectativas de la Clase

    (Rules & Expectations of the class)



    Trata a una persona como quieres estar tratado.  (Treat others as you want to be treated.)

                -Be respectful of teachers and classmates.

                -Help each other learn.

                -Make others feel welcome, especially those who are new.

                -When people have questions, respect their willingness to ask about something that

                they do not know. (And listen! You might find yourself with the same question later!)

                -Be accountable for your actions.

                -Protect one another.

                -Treat teacher’s and other students’ possessions as if they were worth 1 million dollars.

                -Be attentive while in class.  (NO SLEEPING!!!!)


    Ven a clase con tus materiales. (Come to class with your materials.)

    -This includes textbook, workbook, paper, binder, and writing utensils every day.

    -Using pen on a test or quiz will result in the loss of points on that assessment.


    Ven a clase con una buena actitud.  (Come to class with a positive attitude)

                -Say nice things about classmates (Compliments go a long way!!!!)


                -Say please and thank you

                -Come to class ready to learn

                -Find things to celebrate/share good news


    Trae tus mejores modales a la clase. (Bring your best manners with you to class)

    -When the teacher is talking, you are listening.  Wait for a good stopping point to ask permission for things. 

    -For permission to be granted: 1) ask in Spanish the FIRST TIME, 2) have a pass filled out and ready for me to sign, & 3) wear your ID at all times. 

                -To get permission for anything, you must figure out how to ask in Spanish.  (Use list.)

                -Listen to the teacher or a classmate while he/she is talking.  You will have plenty of

                opportunities to talk.

    -Be on time. If you happen to be late, quietly give me your pass, and go to your seat.  I will address you when I can.  Tardies addressed as per school policy. (See handbook.)

                -Keep the class clean, and throw away your trash.

                -Recycle when possible.  Check guidelines by bins.  Certain items cannot be recycled.


    El engaño no está tolerado. (Cheating is not tolerated.)

                -Unless given permission, you cannot look off of someone else’s anything!

    (i.e. homework, quiz, test, etc.)

    -Particularly regarding HW assignments, “working together” is different from copying or cheating, so be careful which one you are doing. 

                -Cheating on an assignment, quiz, text, project, etc. will result in an F for that

                particular activity. (For more detail, see student handbook.)

                -If another student needs help, you may help him/her to understand the material, but may

                not simply give them your answers.

    -You may NOT use an on-line translation website.  This is something in which a student will suffer great consequences if caught doing.  A failure in my class will result from this behavior.  I want to be able to assess each student for what he/she really knows.

    -Using the website: http://www.wordreference.com is not cheating!  It is an online dictionary, and there is a big difference.  (You should still NOT be looking up EVERY SINGLE WORD… Besides, that would take forever!!)

    Pregúntame si tienes algunas dudas. (Ask me if you have any doubts.)

                -Relevant questions are very much encouraged.

                -You don’t know something until you ask.

                -No question, related to the content being learned, is a stupid question.




    -Take good notes (without being asked).

    If you need help with this, please let me know.

    -Do your homework, and
     put forth mental effort when working on it!

    -Participate in class

    -Have a positive attitude


    -Ask questions

    -Come to class prepared and on time.

    -Give your best effort

                -Have fun!!!!!!!!

    -Let me know if you have any problems.  Come in for help before/after school!    

    -Record all assignments in assignment book and orange list

    -Keep an organized binder/folder/notebook

                -Practice on your own

                -Ask for more practice activities


    Póliza de clase  (More class policies to remember)

    -Incomplete work receives a zero until finished and shown to me.  Then, it is counted as late work and partial credit is awarded.  Consistently late or missing work results in homework slips as per school policy.  (See handbook.)


    -Make-up work is the responsibility of the student.  There is an assignment list

    on the board, which shows what work was done each day of the week.  This includes all tests, quizzes, handouts, homework, and notes.  Make-up work must be completed in a timely fashion.  (See handbook.)


    -Absences on the day of a quiz or test will be handled case by case.  If student missed

    because of an appointment, documentation will be needed.  Student should be prepared to take test/quiz upon return to school unless special circumstances apply.


    -Student needs to have his/her name written on every assignment.  Failure to do so will

    result in point deduction.


                -To leave the room, students will need to ask me to do so in Spanish.  They have

                all the materials available to be able to do so.


    -No electronic devices allowed in classroom.  Any cell phones, iPods, or other technology will be confiscated as per school policy.  (If I see or hear it, I take it, FYI.)


    I understand and agree to abide by the above rules and expectations.
     _____________________________________________________ (student signature)


    I understand the rules and expectations outlined, and expect my child to abide by them.

    ____________________________________________________________ (parent signature)

    ¡Hola!  ¡Bienvenidos a mi clase!  I want to welcome you to Spanish!  My name is Señora Coronado.  I’m 30% Boilermaker, 30% soccer player, 40% traveler/adventurer, and 100% teacher!  I was born and raised in the region, and my husband and I have been back in the states for about 5 years.


                    I have traveled all over the world and lived in Mexico (where I met my husband!), Germany, Austria, and France.  Culture is a big part of my life!  All were incredible experiences that have shaped me as a teacher.  I look forward to sharing those experiences through stories, movie clips, and pictures.  It is so important to learn about our diverse world.


                    As we progress, I will speak more Spanish and less English, and I will expect my students to do the same. At first, they may feel unprepared and nervous, but overcoming those feelings is a big part of the learning process.  Throughout my educational experiences, I have discovered that people learn much faster when immersed in the language.  The more they hear and speak Spanish, the more familiar and comfortable they will become.  The best way to learn is to practice and work through their mistakes.  I ask that you continuously encourage your children.  It will be a gradual process and a fun experience!  The more experience they get with Spanish outside of the classroom, the more they will retain from inside it.


                    Grades are based off of a range of assessments as well as things we do from day-to-day.  I do my best to keep grades updated with tests and quizzes, but if you have a question or something just doesn’t look quite right, please feel free to contact me at hcoronado@mvsc.k12.in.us or through RDS.  My extension at the school is 7163, and I am available by phone between 7:45AM and 8:45AM.  I am available for help sessions when students request in advance to see me before or after school.  Frequently, I am available even if they did not expect to need help, so they should check my room to see if I am here. 


    If your child ever has any doubts or concerns about the material, I strongly encourage you to remind them to come in for these help sessions.  I am constantly reminding them to come in for help, so hearing it from you at home is important reinforcement.


    There are many ways to help your child with Spanish, even if you don’t know very much yourself.  Some ways to help your child with Spanish outside of school include asking and checking for homework (3-4 times/week), helping to study for a test or a quiz, designating and/or monitoring “Spanish Computer” time for online practice and assignments (vhlcentral.com), or even something as simple as watching a Spanish language movie, TV, or listening to Spanish radio.  Most DVDs/Blu-Rays are equipped with both Spanish audio tracks and English/Spanish subtitles.  The best way to use movies is to watch one you’ve already seen, but change both the audio and the subtitles to Spanish.  This way, you are not concerned about missing any plot information (since you’ve seen the film), and you can focus your attention on the Spanish.  I have found that my students really enjoy this, and it can be great fun to watch and learn alongside your child.  Also, please go over the included lists of class rules and expectations and required supplies


                    I’m really excited for this trimester.  I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning from my students in the process.  The main thing that I ask for is that my students be prepared for class by bringing not only their materials, but also a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a strong work ethic.  With these present, everything else will fall into place!  Thank you in advance for all you do.



    Sra. Coronado









    Vocabulary Knowledge - 20%

    ·         Contextualized vocabulary assessments

    ·         Spelling tests

    Grammar Knowledge - 20%

    ·         Structural assessments of grammar concepts

    Performance 20%

    ·         Skill based assessments based on:

    o    Reading, Listening, Speaking, and/or Writing

    o    Communicative Projects or Tests

    Binder  – 15%

    ·         Binder should have EVERYTHING we have done during whole trimester, and must be organized according to provided instructions.

    o    Vocab, notes, weekly yellow sheets, etc.

    o    Workbook

    o    Worksheets

    ·         All other work in and out of class.

    ·         There may be Mini-quizzes and/or Pop-quizzes, collected work in class, or color-coded flashcards for all words from each lesson that are contributing to this section of the grade.             


    Online/Lab 15%

    ·         Recorded vocabulary and spelling practice on conjuguemos.com

    o   This grade is entered at the end of each grading period and is based on completion.

    ·         Lesson assignments from vhlcentral.com (textbook website is called “Supersite”)

    o    This grade will fluctuate based on weekly assignments from our textbook's website, vhlcentral.com.  For the most updated grade, log in to the website directly.

    o    Approximately 3-4 hours per week of work is standard.  We are always in the computer lab for 2 days per week, during which most of the time is dedicated to this work.  Students are expected to work outside of class to complete assignments. 

    o    Student has multiple attempts to correct his/her errors, unless there were only 2 choices to begin with (like a true/false).  These activities only have 1 attempt. 

    o    Students are assessed a 5% flat late fee for any activity not completed on time.  Assignments are due every Tuesday at midnight. 

    o    If there is an especially difficult activity, students are encouraged to save their last attempt until they can ask me about a troublesome activity during our lab time. 
          A good late grade (95%) is better than a bad grade!

    o    Student’s username is his/her MHS school ID#
                                                  (or whatever email they used to set up the account.)

    o   Student’s password is his/her last name followed by a 1 (e.g. johnson1)

    §  with short last names, add another 1 until password character minimums are reached.

    ·         conjuguemos.com needs 5 minimum, so lee1 would have to be lee11

    ·         vhlcentral.com needs 7 minimum, so it would be lee1111

    Participation 10%
    Students begin with full points.  The grade may be reduced based on a lack of actual participation in class activities or behavioral issues which may include but are not limited to things like talking, sleeping, not having materials, being off task, distracting others, not listening, etc.





    1)   1.5-inch 3-ring binder-Dividers are optional, but useful. I do binder checks each 6wks

    2)    Pick whichever one you prefer, either:

    a.     1 box of facial tissue (Everyone gets the sniffles!)

    b.     1 bottle of hand sanitizer (regular size)

    3)    300 blank index cards (any style, size, color is permitted)

    a.     Sometimes students like the ones with a ring to hold them together neatly in their binders

    4)    Colored markers, pencils, or even crayons

    a.     Nothing fancy!  Just a basic 5-8 color set! This does not need to be a set dedicated to our class.  They do not need to be new!  They simply need to be available to the student.

    b.      We color-code our vocabulary flashcards according to parts of speech.

    5)    Loose-leaf paper or a notebook that has perforated pages which tear out cleanly.

    6)    Pencils and erasers every day!!

    a.     We are in the learning stages, and mistakes WILL be made.  Students need to be able to correct those mistakes CLEANLY WITHOUT SCRIBBLES! Erasable pen is also a solution for classwork.

    b.     Use of ink on a test or a quiz will result in loss of points!

    7)    Headphones must be brought on lab days
                                                      we often have listening/video activities!

    a.     Ear buds are sold in media center for $2

    b.      A headset with a microphone is recommended but not required.  For compatibility with the school computers, they must have both a headphone and microphone jack/plug.  When using another personal device, (iPhone, tablet, etc.), an integrated headset/microphone with a single plug may be sufficient.

    8)    Highlighters are optional, but they are useful tools when note-taking.  This is an effective strategy that can be used in any subject area, not just Spanish!

    It is essential for the success of the student to get these supplies within the first week of class. Therefore, #s 1-3 are also going to be checked for points at the beginning of the second week of class. We move quickly on a trimester, and without the proper materials, a student can fall behind very quickly.  These materials can typically be found at any dollar store for a very low price.  They also do not need to be brand new, but they should still be functional (particularly the binder and headset). 
    Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you.





    How to use the internet the RIGHT way!


    1.      vhlcentral.com ß REQUIRED TO USE FOR CLASS

    a.      This is your textbook’s website called the “Supersite.” Check here regularly for online assignments.  *See provided setup instructions.

    b.      There is also an downloadable app available for $3.99

    c.       Also, an add-on interactive textbook (e-book/v-text) is available for purchase for $25. 

                                                                   i.      THIS IS NOT REQUIRED, but many students choose to buy this resource in order to have permanent access as they continue on through higher levels of Spanish!  Your Supersite access code is already included with normal school textbook fees, and it is valid for 3 years, even if you do not continue taking Spanish, but purchasing this add-on lets you keep it forever.

    2.      Conjuguemos.com ß REQUIRED TO USE FOR CLASS

    a.      The school pays for your subscription!  *See provided setup instructions.

    b.     Use it for a boost in your memory skills. 

                                                                  i.      verb conjugations

                                                                ii.      spelling and vocab practice

                                                              iii.      crosswords, printable flashcards, memory games, and more!

    3.      wordreference.com ß The only one allowed in my class!

    a.     This is a permissible online dictionary.  Translators do not work, but this provides you with the different words based on context, just like an actual dictionary word.  *See key/legend for a detailed how-to.

    4.      BBC Language- Mi Vida Loca

    a.      This is an interactive video/soap opera series that will send you on an adventurous vacation in Spain.  Each episode takes about 30 minutes to explore.  This is a great simulation of an immersion experience!!

    b.      Use this as a fun way to keep up with your Spanish when you are not enrolled (i.e. A trimester with no Spanish, summer, or even Christmas Break, etc.)

                                                                  i.      http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/





    5.      Youtube.com-

    a.      Search for your current grammar or vocabulary topic for a variety of alternative explanations and videos.  Thousands will come up.  A couple worth noting are:

                                                                  i.      Sr. Jordan = great for grammar

                                                                ii.      Sr. Mara & Sr. Wooly = catchy tunes to remember info

                                                              iii.      Gringo español = super fast, attention-grabbing, relatable explanations

    b.      Check out pronunciation videos and detailed explanations at Butterfly Spanish

    c.       Use music to help your pronunciation!

                                                                  i.      Check out hit artists’ music videos and listen to songs … many are available with the lyrics to sing along!

    6.      NationalSpanishExam.org = great for standardized test prep!
                                                                      (Finals, placement tests, etc.)

    a.      The NSE provides free access to their past exams!

    b.       They administer 2 types of exams each year:

                                                                  i.      achievement: knowledge-based test of vocabulary and grammar

                                                                ii.      proficiency: skill-based test of reading/listening comprehension

    c.       Past exams are available for 6 different levels for both types, from 2010 up until the most recently administered exams.

    d.      Practice activities are available for anyone to use, and they are organized based on leveled content topics (i.e. family and home words, ordinal numbers, present tense irregular yo forms, etc.)

    7.      Studyspanish.com

    a.       read alternative explanations for grammar and take short practice quizzes

    8.      Quía.com

    a.       use a simple topic search to find hundreds of teacher-created activities for a wide range of alternative practice activities

    9.      Quizlet.com

    a.       Again, a simple topic search will provide you with more practice activities than you thought possible.  Word races, type what you hear, spelling games, listening practice, and so much more!

    10. Some helpful FREE apps for download are:

    a.       DuoLingo – an addictive game

    b.      wordreference dictionary

    11. googletranslate…. NEVER.  SpanishDict?  NEVER!

    a.       NO KIDDING.  80%+ OF THE TIME, These websites are WRONG.  YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW ENOUGH SPANISH TO RECOGNIZE THE MISTAKES YET.  Don’t believe me?  Try it out on an assignment and you’ll get a zero.  There are lots of other places to go for help.  Start with wordreference.com.  Dictionaries = OK!  Translators = F!! (& don’t work!)




    Course Description


    Level I world language courses provide instruction enabling students to discuss the many reasons for learning languages and to develop an understanding of the people who speak them. Students are able to apply effective strategies for language learning and show a willingness to experience various aspects of the cultures. Within this context, the course provides students with opportunities to, Respond to and give oral directions and commands and to make routine requests in the classroom and in public places; Understand and use appropriate forms of address in courtesy expressions and be able to tell about daily routines and events; Ask and answer simple questions and participate in brief guided conversations related to their needs and interests; Read isolated words and phrases in a situational context, such as menus, signs, and schedules; Comprehend brief written directions and information; Read short narrative texts on simple topics; and Write familiar words and phrases in appropriate contexts and respond in writing to various stimuli. (Goals 1-4). Additionally, students learn About nonverbal communication, such as gestures and body language; About awareness of current events in the cultures; The major holidays and geographical features of the countries being studied; Greeting and leave-taking behaviors in a variety of social situations; The appropriate way to respond to introductions and to use courtesy behaviors; and Appropriate etiquette in a variety of social settings. (Goal 5 and 6)

    ·         Grade level: 9 – 12

    ·         Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits

    ·         Fulfills a World Language requirement for the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma or counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for any diploma

    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course





    Instructional Content

    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.





    Hola, ¿Qué tal?

    Vocabulary practice pages 2-5


    Más practica 8-9

    V.L. Quiz OR Contextos

    Quiz A or B pages 1-2,3-4



    Lección 1

    1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2



    Estructura 1.1

    Pages 12-15

    Lec. 1 –estruc. 1.1

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.4-5



    Lección 1

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 1.2

    Numbers 0-30

    Pages 16-19


    Lec. 1 –estruc. 1.2

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.6-7




    Lección 1

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 1.3

    Present tense of ser

    Pages 19-23

    Lec. 1 –estruc. 1.3

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.8-10




    Lección 1

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 1.4

    Telling Time

    Pages 24-27

    Lec. 1 –estruc. 1.4

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.11-13





    1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2

    Recapitulación and End of Grading Period Assessment


    Recap.-Pages 28-37

    End of Grading Period Assessment

    Mini-Integrated Performance Assessment




    Lección 2

    1.2, 4.1

    2.1, 2.2

    En la clase

    Vocabulary pages 40-43


    Más practica pages 46-47

     V.L. Quiz OR Contextos

    Quiz A or B pages 14, 15



    Lección 2

    1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2



    Estructura 2.1- Present tense of –ar verbs

    Pages 50-54

    Lec. 2–estruc. 2.1

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p. 16-19




    Lección 2

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 2.2

    Forming questions in Spanish

    Pages 55-58

    Lec. 2 –estruc. 2.2

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.20-22




    Lección 2

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 2.3

    Present tense of estar

    Pages 59-62

    Lec. 2 –estruc. 2.3

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.23-24




    Lección 2

    1.1, 4.1

    Estructura 2.4

    Numbers 31-100

    Pages 63-65

    Lec. 2 –estruc. 2.4

    Quiz A or B (1 section) p.25-27






    1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2

    Recapitulación and End of Grading Period Assessment

    Recap.-pages 66-75

    End of Grading Period Assessment



    13                   FINALS WEEK