Textbook:
Realidades 3 ISBN: 0-03-319967-3 by Boyles, Met, and Sayers

Course Overview:
This course includes a variety of activities that will prepare you for the Pre-AP Spanish course. We will work together to expand your understanding of the Spanish language and the people who speak it. Our class will focus on expanding your Spanish vocabulary, communication skills, and how to develop your ideas using complete sentences in the present, preterite, and imperfect tenses. Daily work, assessments, and projects will put your acquired knowledge to use.
Aside from basic grammar and vocabulary skills, we will also explore the following questions:
  • What kind of practices and traditions do different Spanish speakers have?
  • How does the Spanish language relate to the world around me?
  • What can I do to integrate the Spanish language in the communities I am a part of?
  • How does the Spanish language relate to the language I speak?

Grading Policy:
Tests/Projects: 50%
Quizzes/Homework: 40%
Participation: 10%

Schedule:
Unit 1: Review/Unforgettable moments
  • Verbs with spelling and stem changes in the preterite
  • Irregular verbs in the preterite
  • The imperfect
Unit 2: How we express ourselves
  • Preterite vs. imperfect
  • Verb estar + participle
  • Ser and estar
  • Verbs with different meanings in the imperfect and preterite
Unit 3: How we can stay healthy
  • Affirmative and negative commands with tรบ
  • Affirmative and negative commands with Ud. and Uds.
  • Subjunctive: Regular, stem-changing verbs, irregular verbs
Unit 4: How we get along with others
  • Subjunctive with verbs of emotion
  • Uses of por and para
  • Nosotros commands
  • Possessive pronouns
Unit 5: Our community
  • Present perfect
  • Pluperfect
  • Present perfect subjunctive
  • Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
Unit 6: What our future holds
  • Future
  • Future of probability
  • Future perfect tense
  • Uses of the direct and indirect pronouns
Unit 7: Myths vs. Reality
  • Present subjunctive and present perfect subjunctive with expressions of doubt
  • Uses of pero and sino
  • Subjunctive with adjective clauses
Unit 8: Interaction between cultures
  • Conditional
  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • Imperfect subjunctive with si
Unit 9: Taking care of our planet
  • Conjunctions used with the subjunctive and the indicative tenses
  • Relative pronouns que, quien, lo que
Unit 10: Our rights and responsibilities in society
  • Passive voice
  • Present perfect subjunctive and imperfect subjunctive
  • Pluperfect subjunctive
  • Conditional perfect