“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.’
Français 1 – Madame Kolstad
Course Description: French 1 is an exploration of speaking, writing, listening and reading in French. You will work to understand culture in all French speaking countries. You will connect current events in French speaking countries to your lives and explore the French language.
Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for French One.
Course Expectations & Grading Information:
Here are the materials that you will need:
Please do not write in this text or otherwise damage your textbook.There will also be other texts that will be checked out to you for which you will be responsible. Please take care of any and all materials! Future students are depending on you not to trash their stuff!
Here is how that you will be graded:
Madame Kolstad’s grade book is set up into four categories. These are: Quizzes and Tests, Classwork and Participation, Homework and Projects, Speaking and Effort. There are FOUR categories so each section is 25 percent of your grade.
Quizzes and tests are just what they sound like but you can be sure that there will be more quizzes than tests.
Classwork can be any and all activities that we do in class which include listening activities and the journal/notebook in which you will keep all of your notes. DO NOT lose this notebook. It will get checked two times per quarter and you will get points for your notes and work. If it’s lost, it’s gone. Here is the rubric for each notebook check:
The journal contained at least 90 percent of the entries during the mid-quarter period.
The journal was copied accurately in French and any mistakes were corrected.
The activities in the journal were corrected where appropriate.
If you are absent, whether excused or not, you cannot make up the daily work that we do in class. If you are going to be absent for a significant amount of time, please talk to me so that we can work something out.
Homework is just that and is expected to be completed promptly. DO NOT ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO COPY THEIR HOMEWORK. This makes you an irresponsible friend because you are manipulating your friendship in a way that is not friendly. Please do not do this! In addition, do not GIVE YOUR HOMEWORK to your friends so they may copy it. You may suffer a bad consequence for your misguided kindness. All points will be combined to arrive at a percentage which will therefore be calculated by the district’s grading scale.
Projects will happen once per quarter. Failing to complete these projects really hurt your grade so please take these seriously.
Speaking and Effort: There is going to be a lot of speaking practice in this class. Here is a news flash: Madame Kolstad is the only one who speaks French really well at this point so PLEASE be kind to yourself and each other. It might feel hard to say certain words in French but you can and will get it so do not worry!!! DO NOT mock, tease or laugh at anyone’s pronunciation because we are all learningJ I really care about EFFORT! It is my favorite Tiger Pride expectation! Effort means your care, you are engaged and you are here!
93-100% A 77-79 C+
90-92 A- 73-76 C
87-89 B+ 70-72 C-
83-86 B 67-69 D+
80-82 B- 63-66 D
Below 60% F
*Note: Grades will be available on the parent and student portals on a regular basis. Please contact me with questions or concerns about grades.
Because this is a language class, respectful behavior is a must, not only with Madame Kolstad, but especially with your classmates. You will be asked to take a risk and speak in French or do a skit. Madame has a no tolerance for people making snide or rude comments, giggling or mocking of any kind. We need to have a SAFE SPACE FOR LEARNING. Please be your highest self as an audience member and as a student in my class. Please note that Madame will be speaking French as frequently as possible. You may miss a few words and that is okay. If you are paying attention you will catch most things as I will make it as comprehensible as possible. Please do not get frustrated. I will be pushing you to understand French and it will not feel natural. As stated, as long as you pay attention, it will be okayJ Everyone is this class can get an “A”!
Also, out of respect for your environment and other people who will be using this classroom, please DO NOT WRITE on the desks. It makes things look REALLY yucky plus Madame Kolstad DOES NOT LIKE CLEANING! If I catch you writing on the desks then you will be invited to stay after school and clean!
Minneapolis World Language Standards included in this course:
Goal 1: Communicate in a language other than English
Goal 2: Gain knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures.
Goal 3: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
Goal 4: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture
Goal 5: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World.
Policy on make-up work, absences and tardies:
Madame Kolstad takes prompt attendance. If you are late you will be marked as such on the computer. If you are late three times, Madame Kolstad will pursue the issue with administration and/or the PBIS committee, to help you get to class on time. If you are absent, plan on showing Madame an excused absence (hand written or on the computer), to make up your work. If you do not have an excuse, either written or on the computer, then you will not be allowed to make up your missed work. If you are absent on the day of a test or major project, be prepared to have evidence of an excused absence! If it is not excused, you will not be eligible to make up the test or major project. If you are at home sick, remind your parent or guardian to call the school on your behalf. Otherwise you will be counted as an unexcused absence! If you know that you will be out of town or absent for any reason, please ask Madame in advance for your make-up work. Missing work can be made up within one day for a deduction in points.
Madame Kolstad tries hard to be flexible and understand that everyone has bad days, that people have conflicts, and that not every day will her students have the enthusiasm for learning that she herself possesses for teaching. HOWEVER, as previously mentioned, there will be no tolerance for abusive or attacking language or behavior. If you are having such a hard time, that the idea of me asking you a question is painful, then let me know at the beginning of class. I will be happy to accommodate a few times. If there is something major, remember, that there are counselors and social workers just itching to do their jobs! If you are disruptive and disrespectful, here is what you can expect:
1. A non-verbal communication from Madame such as, but not limited to, “the stink eye”, a loud clearing of throat, a statement such as “Louisa May, s’il vous plait, stop poking F. Scott Fitzgerald!”
2. If step one doesn’t do the trick we move here, to step two which is, in effect, your last warning. You may be sent into the hall to mellow out. Your seat may be moved. You may get a stern reminder. In any event, please oh please stop at step two.
3. If you really are dedicated to consequences for negative behavior, then here we are, step three. At this point, everyone gets in on the act. Your parent or guardian will be called, you will get a referral which goes to administration and you will more than likely not be in class for the remainder of that day.
Discipline issues are a real bummer because they slow down learning, they leave a nasty feeling in the classroom and if you are the perpetrator of the negative behavior, you are probably just kicking yourself for acting like that anyway! So try hard to be your authentic self, allow yourself to feel vulnerable if that is, how you feel and try not put on a show for anyone for any reason. It’s a waste.
Additional Housekeeping – South Policies
Please note the South High Fragrance Free statement in your student handbook. There are lots of people who feel VERY sick around fragrances. Fragrances means, scented lotions, body spray, perfumes and room sprays. We need everyone to feel well in order to learn. If you spray something in Madame’s class, I will definitely take it!
With regard to cell phones. DO NOT WALK INTO MY CLASS TALKING ON ONE!!! I FIND THIS TO BE SUPER DISRESPECTFUL. There may be times when I say that it is OK to use your phone to look up stuff on the French/English, however, I will indicate these times or you can ask me directly. If you have a cell phone out without having consulted directly with me, I may likely take it. If you just give it to me without disrupting my teaching, I will probably give it right back to you after class. However, if you create a scene and involve the rest of the class by being disruptive, then the consequences will be worse. It is NOT your right to have a device in my class. Remember that the district policy states that if your device is lost, stolen or damaged in the possession of a staff member, the district has no responsibility to find or replace it, although I would feel badly.
Parents & students: PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN NEXT PAGE!
Lesson One-Day One
But d’apprentissage (Learning Target) – Je peux apprendre comment m’introduire! I can learn to introduce myself !
Learning activity : 1. Talk to 10 people by asking the following questions :
Comment t’appelles-tu ?
Je m’appelle ____________.
Quand est ton anniversaire?
Mon anniversaire est en _________.
2. Line up in the order de vos anniversaires !
Devoir: Etudiez le syllabus et aussi les mois! Faites vos parents signer le syllabus. (Study the syllabus and the months. Have your parent/guardian sign the syllabus s’il vous plait !
LAST NAME:___________________________FIRST NAME:_____________________
Students and parents/guardians:
Please read all the above information and sign below. Return only this page to your teacher by __________________________(date) . Please save the rest of the syllabus for your reference.
We have read the above syllabus for French I and understand the information and guidelines included.
Student: I,___________________________,agree to the terms included in this syllabus.
_________________________________________Parent phone # and/or e-mail address
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