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Student Spotlight – Hannah Snow

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-1-59-49-pmHere is another “Star Student” from our Spanish 2 Honors class!

Nombre: Hannah Snow

Clase: Spanish 2 Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 3 years


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Drawing
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Drama
  • Babysitting
  • Traveling

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita: barbecue chicken pizza

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I want to be able to speak fluently to interact with people from different cultures because I love traveling

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like the fun atmosphere and the way we learn.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Learning the difference between por and para.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“I have no idea what I’m doing but I know I’m doing it really, really well.” – Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

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Student Spotlight – David Round

20161128_083112Here is a “Star Student” from our Spanish 2 Honors class!

Nombre: David Round

Clase: Spanish 2 A block

How many years have you studied Spanish?:
1 year

 

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Video games
  • Ski club
  • Track and field
  • Indoor track and field
  • Gym

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Pasta

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn how to understand people that are talking Spanish to me.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
I like the fact that you get multiple tries to pass quizzes and your best grade is what you get.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
We are learning irregular verbs.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“Is mayonnaise an instrument” -Patrick Star


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Estoy agradecido por…

meregusta-cuales-son-las-cosas-por-las-que-estas-agradecido-0-821576-previaThere is no better time of year than the present to reflect on all that we have and the many people that make such a positive impact on our lives.  My Spanish students at all levels participated in various activities today focusing on a theme of “gratefulness”.  Some students made booklets, others created themed lists and acrostic poems to identify what others were thankful for and to outline what they themselves were grateful for in their lives.  Here’s wishing you a wonderful time with family and friends!

 

 


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Student Spotlight – Viola Hibbett

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-12-43-26-pmHere is a “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class!

Nombre: Viola Hibbett

Clase: Latin American Experience Honors

How many years have you studied Spanish?:  13



(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Reading (science fiction mainly)
  • Listening to music
  • Hiking

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
My favorite foods are green tea mochi ice cream and agendashi tofu.

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn about Latino culture, politics, and history.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
My favorite part about this class is going out into the community and learning from direct exposure.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
In our class we are currently doing a project on Latino food where we go into the community and shop in a Latino market, get a Latino dish, and to cook that dish.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
My favorite quote is: “In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” (Douglas Adams)

 


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Sticky Sentences… We Need Your Help!

At all levels in language learning, we utilize what we call “sticky sentences” or scrambled sentences to reinforce grammar topics and aid in their integration in context.  In some instances, students cut out each sentence component and manipulate them on the carpet to facilitate collaboration and group input.  Other times, students use them as as a guide to create structured expressions and draw pictures that represent their meaning.

 

Some kids LOVE them; other kids DON’T, but they work and they are a great way to assess comprehension and application of abstract grammar topics.  So, why do we need YOUR help?

We are looking for a way (READ: NOT labor intensive) to transfer this type of activity to the IPads, so that students can manipulate the words/sentence fragments quickly and easily to both facilitate learning and to compare and contrast various language structures.  As an instructor, I would need to be able to “push” out a list/grid of words that all students could utilize to create their sentences.  Some IPad apps we have already thought of/tried without much success are:

Notability
Poetry Creator
Word Mover
Instant Poetry 2
Social Poetry
Sticky Words
Fridge Poems
Google Slides

Do you have any suggestions or ideas that could help us?  Are you a computer coder, engineer, or just all-around genius and would like to create an app for us?  Let us know and get in touch at: tmoloney@mursd.org.   Thanks!


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Level 4 – Oral Assesssments

qcbxnxj4iAs Term I comes to a close, we are wrapping up our final oral assessments.  This year, level 4 Honors Spanish students are utilizing the target language to express their opinions and explore their perceptions on some rather complicated and abstract ideas such as religion, education, and identity.

By the end of Term I, all Spanish IV students will be able to execute (ask and explain) the following themes and questions:

  1. ¿Qué clase te gusta más este año?  ¿Por qué? ¿Qué haces en tu clase favorita ahora?
  2. ¿Qué hiciste este verano pasado?
  3. Cuando eras joven, ¿qué hacías cada fin de semana para relajarte?
  4. ¿Siempre traes _______________ a la clase de ____________. (use direct object pronouns)
  5. ¿Cuántas horas duermes cada noche?
  6. ¿Dónde pondrás tu(s) ______________ después de las clases?(use direct object pronouns)
  7. ¿Le comprarás a tu amigo(a) mejor un regalo para su cumpleaños?(use direct and indirect object pronouns)
  8. ¿A qué hora usualmente te levantas por la mañana?
  9. ¿Quién es tu mejor amigo(a)?  ¿Por qué?
  10. Si ganaras la lotería, ¿qué harías con el dinero?
  11. En el futuro, ¿qué harás con tu vida?
  12. ¿Cuáles son algunas influencias en el idioma español?  Explica.
  13. ¿Te importa mucho la religión?  ¿Es una fuerza positiva o negativa en tu vida/el mundo?
  14. Describe un concepto de la gramática que te era muy difícil. ¿Por qué?
  15. Describe un concepto de la gramática que te era muy fácil. ¿Por qué?
  16. ¿Qué tipo de estudiante eras en el pasado?
  17. ¿Cómo estás cuando sacas buenas notas en una clase difícil?
  18. ¿Qué tipo de persona eres?
  19. ¿Les mentirías a tus padres si no hubiera ningún posibilidad de ser atrapado?
  20. ¿Qué es un préstamo?  Da un ejemplo de un préstamo y describe su origin.