Course Syllabus and Assignments
Credit Hours: 3 Semester Credits Grade Type: Letter Grade
Course Readings: Understanding Hispanic Culture, History and Social Issues by Joseph C’de Baca. (2003) Denver, CO: Course Kit, 210 PP Slides, DVD’s. WB 80 pages.
This course will provide an overview of Hispano-Indo history and clarify the various ethnic labels. Mayan/Aztec and Arabic/Spanish contributions to the Americas will be reviewed. The Origins of Hispanic stereotypes and diversity are examined. Hispanic religious, cultural traits and acculturation levels will be presented. Current social, political, and educational issues that affect Hispanos will be discussed. This course will help educators improve their knowledge and understanding of Hispanic history, culture, and address schooling and student academic achievement issues.
1. Educators will analyze statistical, educational, and social demographics that are related to Hispanic students and schooling trends in the United States.
2. Participants will clarify the origins of Hispanic ethnic labels and accurate use of them as well as the cultural contributions of the Maya, Aztecs, and Islamic Spain.
3. Educators will examine the origins of Hispanic stereotypes and myths regarding Spanish history or culture and explore them from a Spanish perspective.
4. Participants will learn about and contrast various Hispanic cultural views, behaviors, and traits to distinguish them from U.S. culture and/or normal adolescent behavior.
5. Educators will understand Hispanic religious beliefs and practices as well as the current immigrant assimilation and acculturation process.
6. Participants will review and explore the current social, educational and political issues affecting U.S. Hispanos in school and society
7. Educators will review learning theory and methodology for improving their instructional effectiveness regarding teaching Hispanic student’s basic skills and core knowledge.
8. Educators will synthesize the course content, power point shows and DVD’s to develop a comprehensive approach to effective teaching and improving student achievement.
1. Introduction: Hispanic Cultural and Ethnic Identity
2. Hispano-Indio History: The Maya, Aztecs, Inca, Pueblo
3. The Age of Discovery: The Spanish Legacy. The Black Legend
4. The Mexican Era: Major Events, Latin American Independence
5. Religious and Cultural Perspectives. Levels of Acculturation
6. Current Social Issues: Family Backgrounds, Language Differences
7. Educational Considerations: Teaching Philosophies and Styles
Complete the 4-A guided questions and readings while viewing the 11 power-point slide shows with 210 slides and corresponding text on the enclosed CD. View the 4 DVD’s and write reviews/reflections on them. View the 4 DVD movies and write a movie review/reflection for each movie. Then write a three-page paper linking key concepts from the book Understanding Hispanic Culture, History and Social Issues by Joseph C’de Baca. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or instructional practice. (APA or MA writing style format)
Required assignments include: 1.Book readings 4-A Guided questions 2. Power Point slide show viewing. 3. DVD Movie Reviews/reflections 5. Final Essay or Project Activity
Email Assignments: info@TeacherRecertification.com Instructor Joseph C’de Baca 727-258-7233
Mail registration: Teachers Learning Center 11246 68th Ave. Seminole, FL 33772
|Chapter Reviews & Reflections||30%||90 – 100 = A|
|DVD Movie Review/Reflection||20%||80 - 89 = B|
|Project or Activity||30%||70 – 79 = C|
|Application Essay||20%||0 – 69 = D – F|
|Letter Grade||%||Possible Points Points Earned|
|Re-Write Assignments||Based on Rubric Score|
Academic Standards: Academic standards that apply to this course will vary from state to state. Educators will visit their district or state educational websites for academic standards that may apply to specific courses or subject areas and apply them as needed for license renewal applications or other requirements.
Understanding Hispanic Students and Issues Module A
Course Assignments Rubrics with Video Assignments
4-A Readings, Question Responses and Reflections
|Chapter Reviews/ Questions||Basic (50 pts.)||Proficient (60 pts.)||Advanced (70 pts.)|
|Open the enclosed CD with 4-A syllabus directions and reading assignments. View the Power-Point slides as directed along with the corresponding book readings.Answer the questions writing several paragraphs about the ideas, knowledge, and information that you thought was significant from each reading, Power-Point slide and descriptive text.
Consider reflecting on a paragraph, slide or a concept that was enlightening and applicable to teaching.
Address state, district, or national academic standards.
Expanded bullet points of main issues are also acceptable.
Include your personal
experiences, ideas, and critical analysis.
|Writes a basic narrative of the chapters’ contents.Includes major points expressed by the author.
Includes at least one citation or example.
|Writes a general narrative of the chapters’ contents with limited personal reflection.Expresses major points of each chapter.
Writing includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.
Includes several citations or examples.
|Writes a complete narrative of the main points of each chapter.Writes personal reflections that include the student’s experiences with these issues as they relate to their personal classroom experience.
Expresses major points of each chapter and provides in-depth elaboration.
Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.
Includes critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.
|Course Questions||Basic (10 pts)||Proficient (20 pts)||Advanced (30 pts)|
|Respond to the questionswith complete answers
from the book readings
|Answers the questions with a basic or general response.||Questions are completely addressed with some elaboration, critical analysis and classroom application.||Questions are thoroughly addressed and incorporated into a narrative.Response are elaborated on in depth with an exploration and critical analysis of the questions positive and/or limiting content as it applies to instructional applications in the classroom.
DVD Video Review Rubric Assignment:
|DVD Review||Basic (10 pts)||Proficient (15 pts)||Advanced (20 pts)|
|Locate the relevant DVD for the course and watch it or them the 1st time for entertainment. Then watch the movie a 2nd time pausing and taking notes.Then write a movie review -reflection connecting movie content, information and learning with the book or research article or other course material.||Writes a basic review of the DVD with one or two citations of information. Review only includes a minimal connection between course materials and DVD content||Writes a expanded review of the DVD with several citations of information and explores the connection between course and DVD content.Writing has some critical analysis,
solutions, personal reflection and school applications.
|Writes complete review of DVD with numerous citations and examples that thoroughly explore the connection between course and DVD content.Personal examples, critical analysis, solutions and reflections are relevant to teaching and classroom applications
in schools and personal development.
Unit Plan or Activity Rubric
|Activity Lesson/Unit Plans||Basic (10 pts.)||Proficient (20 pts.)||Advanced (30 pts.)|
|Write a unit plan with two or more lesson plans or activities that demonstrate the course concepts in a school classroom or instructional environment.Other activities include: staff development,
state academic standards, parent outreach, department or committee work, curriculum development, presentations, and school events.
|Creates a minimal activity and lesson plan that briefly demonstrates a simple application of a course concept or strategy that can be utilized in classrooms for instructional and/or evaluative applications.||Creates a general activity and lesson plan or unit plan that demonstrates two or more course applications of the various topics or concepts.Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.
Contains a variety of teaching or learning styles and concrete or abstract practical applications of a concept from the course
|Creates a detailed activity and lesson plan or unit plan that includes a variety of teaching and learning styles.Contains concrete and abstract activities for practical classroom applications of several concepts from the course content.
Addresses any state, district, or national academic standards in the activity.
Creates a lesson plan or activity that helps students utilize course content to apply the knowledge or skills to school curriculum for their affective needs and improving academic achievement.
Final-Application Essay Rubric Assignment
|Final-Application Essay||Basic (10 pts.)||Proficient (20 pts.)||Advanced (30 pts.)|
|Write an essay linking all the course content or assignments, and show how they can be applied to teaching students, schools, and personal development.||Writes an essay addressing how the course content can be applied to classroom instruction, student achievement, and the overall school environment.||Writes an essay with one or two examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in the classroom and school environments.Writing addresses any state, district, or national academic standards.
Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as students’ affective needs and academic achievement.
|Writes a thorough essay with multiple examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in classroom and schools.Includes student’s personal and experiential reflections and any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.
Writing has critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.
Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as the affective needs of students along with academic achievement.
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Joseph C’de Baca with any questions.
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Teacher’s Learning Center
11246 68th Ave.
Seminole, FL 33772