Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary Course Catalog 23 events, individuals, developments and processes in four historical periods, from approximately 1450 to the present. Students will use primary and secondary sources, focusing on the skills of developing historical arguments, making historical comparisons and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Emphasis will be placed on students’ historical reasoning and interpretation skills, using a variety of instructional methods and sources. Foreign Language Spanish I This course is designed for Secondary students who are new to Spanish or have had limited prior experience with Spanish language and culture at the elementary or middle school level; specifically they have mastered the Elementary Spanish or Introduction to Spanish requirements. The objective of the class is to introduce and deepen Spanish language skills and cultural understanding through comprehensible input such as storytelling and role play, conversations, music, texts, gestures, and modeling appropriate uses of Spanish. There will be a heavy emphasis on language acquisition by building auditory and oral skills within the topic areas and circle of vocabulary of each unit. We will also be working with understanding the basic grammatical structures and usage appropriate to Spanish 1, including understanding present tense verbal conjugations. Each class will be given opportunities to learn through listening, reading, writing and speaking. Be ready to dance, sing, gesture and play! Spanish II This course is designed for Secondary students who have had prior experience with Spanish language and culture at the elementary or middle school level; specifically they have mastered the Beginning Spanish requirements. The objective of the class is to build on the Spanish Language base and cultural understanding developed in Spanish 1 and deepen those skills through comprehensible input such as storytelling and role play, conversations, music, texts, gestures, and modeling appropriate uses of Spanish. There will be a heavy emphasis on language acquisition by building auditory and oral skills within the topic areas and circle of vocabulary of each unit. We will also be working with understanding the basic grammatical structures and usage appropriate to Spanish 2, including understanding past tense (preterite and imperfect) verbal conjugations. Each class will be given opportunities to learn through listening, reading, writing and speaking. Be ready to dance, sing, gesture and play! Spanish III This course is designed for Secondary students who have had prior knowledge and experience with Spanish language and culture at the secondary level and can demonstrate competency at the novice-high level. The objective of the class is to build on the Spanish Language base and cultural understanding developed in Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. We will deepen those skills through comprehensible input such as storytelling and role play, conversations, music, texts, gestures, and modeling appropriate uses of the language. There will be a heavy emphasis on language acquisition by building auditory and oral skills within the topic areas and circle of vocabulary of each unit. We will also be working on expanding our understanding of the grammatical structures studied in Spanish 2 while introducing more complicated grammatical structures and usage appropriate to Spanish 3, including the formation and usage of the present perfect and the present subjunctive. Each class will be given opportunities to learn through listening, reading, writing and speaking. Be ready to dance, sing, gesture and play! Advisory This course is focused on the advanced development of skills needed for success in school and life. Topics include character education, developing healthy study skills, utilizing an effective organizational system, short and long-term goal setting, decision-making, developing healthy relationships, career exploration, creation of an Educational Development Plan (EDP), and planning and preparation for post-secondary opportunities, including the college admissions process.