Middle School Spanish
The Spanish curriculum conforms to the North Carolina World Language Essential Standards and emphasizes developing proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as comparing cultural practices and perspectives. The curriculum is designed to cover high school Spanish I over three years. Students excelling in Spanish throughout sixth, seventh, and eighth grade have the opportunity to place into high school Spanish II and may receive high school credit.
The first in the three year curriculum focuses on building vocabulary, basic grammar concepts, as well as practice in speaking and listening. Sixth grade Spanish includes cross-curricular units with social studies designed to introduce students to the geography, history and culture of Spain and South America. These cross-curricular units enable students to further develop their research and public speaking skills while integrating technology.
Seventh grade Spanish covers the equivalent of the first half of high school Spanish I. Students further develop their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will continue to learn to construct sentences using regular and irregular verbs in the present indicative. Woven into the curriculum is the study of the geography and cultures of Latin America and important cultural and religious holidays including Día de los Muertos in Mexico and Semana Santa in Spain.
Eighth grade Spanish covers the equivalent of the second half of high school Spanish I. This class will emphasize conversation, reading and writing and advanced Spanish I grammar and vocabulary. Students will learn to speak and write using irregular verbs in the present indicative mood, the present progressive, preterite past tenses and the imperative mood. Students in this class will prepare for Spanish 2 placement tests and the National Spanish Exam.
Latin 1A is the first course of a two-year program. This course covers the basic forms and syntax of the Latin language; Latin vocabulary and English derivatives; and basic skills in reading, writing, and listening to Latin. Emphasis will be placed on Roman history and culture, and on the Romans’ profound influence on the language and civilization of the western world.
Introduction to Latin is designed to be an introduction to the Latin language before further study begins in high school. This course covers basic forms and syntax of the Latin language; Latin vocabulary and English derivatives; and basic skills in reading, writing, and listening to Latin. Emphasis will be placed on Roman history and culture, and on the Romans’ profound influence on the language and civilization of the western world.