Students in Spanish I should begin the year with having
to write a response that is three sentences long in English with three
words within these three sentences in Spanish. As the year and
vocabulary rise continue to increase the number of Spanish words
required. Your goal by the end of the year is to have 75% of their
journal, albeit simple, in Spanish. Further the length of the writing
should increase in this way as well. Good benchmarks for increasing
sentence amount is at quarters. Therefore at the end of quarter one
increase to four sentences, at the end of midterm increase to five
sentences, at the end of quarter three increase to six sentences.
Students in Spanish II should begin the year with having
to write a response that is four sentences long in English and Spanish
with one sentence in complete Spanish. As the year and the vocabulary
rise continue to increase the amount of Spanish, by midterm students
should be able to write the entire journal in simple Spanish. Give them
the opportunity to add more to their journal in English as long as the
Spanish requirements have been met. The length of the journal should
increase as well by midterm the response should be six sentences and at
the end of quarter three it should be 8 sentences in length.
Students in Spanish III and IV should begin the year
with the expectations very close to those that were in place at the end
of the previous year. Only back off your expectations by one or two
sentences. In addition students should be able to write in complete
Spanish at both levels. The requirements for Spanish should become the
practice of specific grammar points. Leave each grammar expectation in
place for two weeks and then move to another. These could be from
Spanish I such as noun and adjective agreement with every noun requiring
an adjective to more difficult tasks such as using the conditional tense
twice in each journal.
Collection and grading can become an daunting task with
journaling. One way to overcome this is to give the students a work
sheet at the beginning of each week with spaces and lines on which to
write the topic and the response. You can give one grade for the entire
weeks worth of journaling or give an individual grade for each journal.
Next you must decide on what you want to grade. A complete or incomplete
grade can be given which is convenient because reading each journal
word-for-word is much too much, but perusing the journals for meeting
the requirements is simpler. Additionally be aware of items that
students write that catch your attention so that you can comment back to
them or easily give a smiley face. Students will feel that you care
about what they are telling you in their writings.