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Course Syllabus

1. Course Number/Name: SPN-2004-80 (and HFA-1007-09 Special Topic): Survey of Hispanic Literature –  Spanish Literature   Teacher book Flag of Spain    

1.1 Monday, August 18 to Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Fall  Independent study -  IND   

1.1.1 The orientation class meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM in A-316. At that time, students will receive course outlines, orientation and an explanation of all course requirements. Students who are unable to attend this meeting can contact the professor by e-mail for course information at anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu.

1.2 Office: A-316                                                                           

2.  Instructor Information:

2.1 Name: Anna Marie Pietrolonardo         

2.2 Preferred method of communication: campus e-mail

2.2.1 E-mail address: anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu          

2.3 Office: A-316

As posted below, or by appointment




8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Office Hours

Office Hours

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Office Hours

Office Hours

2.5 Telephone: (815) 224 – 0250

2.6 FAX: (815) 224 – 3033

2.7 Web site: http://www2.ivcc.edu/pietrolonardo/

3. Required text and materials

3.1 Voces de España - Antología literaria. Paredes Mendez. Thomson-Heinle

3.2 English Grammar for Students of Spanish. Emily Spinelli.  Olivia

4. Course description

4.1 An advanced level composition and conversation course based upon a cultural approach. Grammar is reviewed extensively. Advanced selections from Hispanic literature will be read and analyzed. The course title has been changed from SPN-2004 to HFA-1007-09 Special Topic so that two semesters - each with a different topic can be taken for 3 semester credit hours per course, or a total of 6 semester hours. Fall semester will cover Spanish Literature and Spring semester will cover Latin American Literature.

5. Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to

5.1     Demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

5.2     Demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

5.3     Demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

5.4     Demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

5.5     Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the global Hispanic culture.

5.6     Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

5.7     Demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

5.8.1 Outcome 1 - Student will demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

Competency Begin, sustain and close a  conversation.

Competency Ask and answer questions.

Competency Speak in complete sentences.

Outcome 5.8.2 - Student will demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

Competency Understand classroom instructions.

Competency Understand classmates when they speak in TL during class activities.

Competency Understand the main ideas in native speaker conversations during class activities.

Outcome 5.8.3 - Student will demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

Competency Guess the meaning of unknown words through cognate recognition, prefixes and suffixes and context clues.

Competency Comprehend authentic materials containing basic vocabulary for thematic units studied.

Competency Comprehend the main ideas in literary readings studied both in and outside of class.

Outcome 5.8.4 - Student will demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

Competency Write same information as content of class discussions.

Competency Write intermediate paragraphs and narratives that could be understood by a native speaker..

Outcome 5.8.5 - Student will demonstrate intermediate knowledge of global Hispanic culture.

Competency Recognize, discuss and write about cultural differences in material studied in class.

Competency Understand origins of customs and traditions in other cultures.

Competency Understand origins of customs and traditions in student's own culture.

Outcome 5.8.6 - Student will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

Competency Examine and reflect on personal and civic values and responsibilities in the global community.

Competency Understand and develop sensitivity to language, values, customs and traditions of others.

Competency 5.8.7 - Student will demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

Competency Analyze selected works of literature.

Competency  Discuss content, style, message of author and work in class.

Competency Write essays in TL about literary works read and discussed.

6. Accommodation statement

6.1 You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, 224-0284) or Judy Mika Judy_Mika@ivcc.edu or 224-0350) or stop by office C-211.

7. Emphasis in Global Studies

7.1 This course has been approved for the Emphasis in Global Studies.  If you are interested in learning more about the Emphasis, contact the Coordinator of International/MultiCultural Education or visit the International Education Website at http://www.ivcc.edu/internationaleducation.aspx?id=7456

8. Assessment of student learning

8.1 The grade for this course is based on student performance on five writing projects, each of which is scored with a standardized 24-point writing rubric, on overall improvement in writing skills during the course and on participation in (optional) course activities in El Salón and (required) electronic discussion boards in Black Board.

8.1.1 Sample of Writing Rubric

Explanation of Criteria



Most not logical


In logical order


Flows purposefully




Few details


Sufficient basic details


Clear and vivid




Not well organized


Some organization


Strong organization




Errors prevent comprehension


Some spelling & agreement errors throughout


Very few errors


Score:  ___/24





Logical sentence order




Clear and vivid detail














8.2  Participation in class activities is important to your success in a world language class.

8.2.1 By being prepared and willingly participating in class activities - including the BlackBoard-Discussion Forum and El Salón gatherings, you can improve your skills in the target language [TL].

8.2.2 Likewise, lack of participation in activities and discussions will adversely affect your results.

8.3 Essays must be of the required length, and submitted on time to be eligible for full credit.

8.3.1 Essays must be at least 5 paragraphs in length, and submitted on time to be eligible for full credit.

8.3.2 Essays turned in late will receive reduced grade points.


9. Grading: Point distribution

9.1 IVCC Grading Scale: <60%=F, 60-69%=D, 70-79%=C, 80-89%=B, 90-100%=A

9.2 Grade Point Calculation




Technical Orientation 10  

Essay 1



Essay 2



Essay 3 24  
Essay 4


Essay 5



C1 - Discussion



C2 - Discussion



C3 - Discussion



C4 - Discussion



C5 - Discussion



C6 - Discussion



C7 - Discussion



Improvement in writing skills over time



Participation 1



Participation 2






9.3.1 My "Extra Credit" Philosophy
 As a faculty advisor to two IVCC student organizations I am deeply committed to supporting student activities that provide cultural enrichment and opportunities for extra curricular learning. Throughout the semester, I'll post a series of activities that are eligible for extra credit points toward the grade in this course. Some are passive activities such as attending a special event; others are active opportunities to work on a World Language Organization (WLO) project as a volunteer; others are purely academic opportunities - such as writing an optional essay to earn points.

9.3.2 Guidelines for the ethical application of "Extra Credit" opportunities
As an instructor, my two-fold purpose in offering "extra credit" opportunities includes encouragement of students to participate in extra curricular activities at IVCC and provision of a "safety cushion" of points to help counterbalance a disappointing performance on an assessment or serve as a means to improve a grade for a student who has done all the coursework but may have had some difficulty on assessments. It is not my intention to provide "extra credit" points to students who participate in these activities instead of completing required course work.

9.3.3 "Extra Credit" Policy
"Extra credit" points will be applied toward the grade of students who have completed all course work. If a student has an incomplete grade for a missing assignment or assessment, then the "extra credit" points will not be applied until the missing assignments are completed for late, partial credit. Any quizzes missed because of unexcused absences may not be made up.

10. Withdrawal policy

10.1 Syllabus statement:

10.1.1 Students have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

10.1.2 Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

10.1.3 More detailed information is available at www.ivcc.edu/admissions and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.

10.2 It is the responsibility of the student to request a withdrawal from this course before the final withdrawal date.

10.3  Students will not be automatically withdrawn by the professor for failure to attend class.

10.4 If a student hasremained in class after the Last Date for Withdrawal, that student is not eligible for a withdrawal unless there are extenuating circumstances.

10.5 If a student has extenuating circumstances and needs to request a withdrawal after the Final Withdrawal Date, it is necessary to obtain the signatures of both the professor and the dean of the division. Such approvals are not granted automatically.

11. Financial aid statement

11.1 Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid. Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.

12. Academic integrity

12.1 Academic integrity is directly linked to the Core Values of Illinois Valley Community College, three of which are RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT  and HONESTY. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of each student to RESPECT the academic integrity of our course by doing their own work, and by refusing to assist others in deception. Academic dishonesty violates the academic integrity expected of all students.

12.2 Academic dishonesty is defined as, but is not limited to:

12.2.1 Cheating – using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, study aids, or information in any academic exercise, including copying from another person’s work or preparing work for another person that is to be presented as the other person’s own work.

12.2.2 Fabrication – furnishing false information to a College official relative to academic matters, including, but not limited to, misrepresentation of written information provided in admission documents.

12.2.3 Plagiarism – comes from the Latin plagiare, which means “to steal.” Therefore, plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of another as one’s own either on purpose or unintentionally. This includes, but is not limited to, copying whole, portions or the paraphrasing (rewording) of passages or information from any source in any academic exercise (written or oral) without giving credit to the author or source using an appropriate citation style. Students must be able to prove that their work is their own.

12.2.4 Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code.

12.3 Academic dishonesty violates the Student Code of Conduct. The professor has full authority to identify academic dishonesty in her classroom and to impose any of the following sanctions:

12.3.1 Failure of any assignment, quiz, test, examination or paper, project or oral presentation for the work in which the violation occurred.

12.3.2 Lower grade.

12.3.3 Involuntary withdrawal from the course.

12.3.4 Failure of the course.

12.3.5 The professor may report extreme cases of academic dishonesty (such as, but not limited to, collusion among a number of students, selling or providing papers or repeated violations of academic dishonesty, etc.) directly to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action as outlined in section VII Disciplinary Process.

12.3.6 Other sanctions as determined by the professor. The sanction will be put in writing and signed by the student, professor and the dean of the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division.

13. Class policies and procedures

13.1 Be prepared for class activities in the modules by doing the homework first.

13.2 Complete assignments on time.

13.2.1 Be courteous.

13.3 Unexpected delays or cancellations of class: Because the delivery of this class depends on access to the Internet, it is possible that access will be delayed from time to time due to technical difficulties. Please remain calm, patient and courteous should we experience technical difficulties. Appropriate adjustments in course expectations will be made to allow students an opportunity to complete any assignments that are interrupted due to such system-wide delays.

13.4  Communication Procedures and E-mail Etiquette
13.4.1 Effective Summer 2011, all students will be responsible for checking their IVCC email. All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC email.
Students still have the ability to forward their email to another account.

13.4.2 Appropriate routing of information requests For information on accessing your IVCC student e-mail account, Web Advisor, BlackBoard log on or other IVCC technology issue, go to the Learning Commons. For all course content related questions you have four available resources: Go to BlackBoard [BB]-Course Information-Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ] and search the topics for the information you need. This resource is a compendium of answers that I have given to questions asked often.  Make FAQ your first resource. FAQ is available 24/7 and you will very likely find the information you need there. Post your question in the BB-Discussion Forum-General Instructions for Collaboration at the top of the BB Discussion Forum. Members of the class are encouraged to ask and reply to questions in this forum. Sometimes, the best way to remember something that you are trying to learn is to explain it in your own words to someone else. I also monitor the posts and will offer helpful comments when needed. E-mail me at
anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu using the protocol listed below in 13.4.3. Call or visit me in person during scheduled office hours on the IVCC campus in A316.

13.4.3 In order to expedite the process when you send me an e-mail, identify yourself by first and last name, course and class section and the topic of your message. Here is an example of a clearly worded e-mail subject line:
Subject: Bill Jones SPN-2004-80-14FA - Essay #1 Question
Please do not expect me to take the time to lookup your name in all my course rosters to determine which class and section you are in. Although I do try to learn the names of all my students, I often have several students with similar names. Please do not assume I will be able to identify you if you only give me your first name. AND, be specific about the question you are asking me. Please don't expect me to search through all the course resources for the specific place where you were in an exercise in BlackBoard or the text book in order to reply. Either send me a screen shot, clip and paste, or key in the actual question so I can reply more promptly. The more specific you are in wording your request, the more promptly you will receive a response. I use a triage system to prioritize messages when I face a full inbox. If you are having a problem that requires urgent attention, please indicate that in the subject line. Example: Mary Garcia, SPN-2004-80, Problem with Essay #2. When I see an urgent message, I'll read it first. However, please don't say that everything is "urgent" when it is not. We all know what happened to the boy that cried wolf.

13.4.4 Response Time Because of the large number of unidentified e-mails that I have received, I have adopted the policy of reading and responding to unidentified e-mails LAST. Please allow 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) for a reply. Often, I am able to respond very quickly, but please do not expect an immediate reply every time.

13.5 Collaborative learning - In class activities, students will often work with partners or be assigned to study groups. Many students find it helpful to extend this practice in their study routine by posting general questions for discussion in the Black Board Discussion Forum, too. I encourage you to become acquainted with your classmates through the group activities in each module and to contact them to discuss the assignments studied in class, work together online and help one another in learning new material. Your activity in the BB-Discussion Forum will be reflected in your grade in each module activity.

13.6 Recommendations for learning a new language:
13.6.1 A language cannot be learned overnight. Daily practice is much more useful than cramming the night before an assessment. When learning new vocabulary, it is helpful to use the terms in original sentences several times. Write them; say them out loud; turn them into questions; answer them; make flash cards; use them in conversations with classmates. Use the study methods that work best for your personal learning style.

Recommended Study Sequence
It is essential to prepare for the writing activities by first doing the homework to learn the "Puntos clave" or Key Points in each chapter in the Schedule of Assignments that accompanies the selected readings. Use the resources in BB-Course Documents, the text book web site and the text for the current chapters as if they were an a la carte menu; select assignments that will be most helpful to you. Read the materials and do the assignments before attempting to write your essay. Be ready to discuss and use the new material in Spanish. Focus on what you know in Spanish, not on translation from Spanish back into English. In other words, learn to THINK IN SPANISH. The more knowledge you learn, the easier it will become to accomplish this.

13.6.3 Unprepared students are at least as boring as unprepared instructors – and nearly as damaging to the class. Be a responsible and courteous collaborator. Your partner or group members will be counting on you to do your part in a timely manner so that you can all complete your activities on time for maximum grade credit.

13.6.4 Learning a new language requires a genuine commitment of time and energy. Consider it an investment with many rewards to be gained through the process. Even with careful preparation, do not expect to speak perfectly or to be able to express yourself as well in Spanish as in your native language in the early days of your studies. Expect to make mistakes, to sound and feel silly at times. Consider this class a safe laboratory for experimentation with the Spanish language. Perhaps most importantly, expect to enjoy this class, too.

14. Early Alert System - Illinois Valley Community College

 14.1 The Early Alert System helps to promote your academic success through the development of a comprehensive process to identify, assist, and follow-up with you as challenges to successfully complete a course may arise.  The process consists of the identification of such challenges by faculty referral, self-report, and/or GPA. 

 14.2 Once identified, you will meet with a counselor to assess areas of difficulty and develop a Success Agreement. The Agreement will outline a very specific and individualized plan for you to employ to work toward academic improvement. 

14.3 Students participating in this program will be encouraged to meet more frequently with their counselor to review progress so any new or continuing difficulties can be addressed, and successes can be recognized.  Students will continue in the program until satisfactory improvements are achieved.

15.  IVCC Academic Theme: RESPECT

15.1 Respect-- one of IVCC's core values of respect, caring, honesty, fairness and responsibility, represented by the acronym ReaCHFaR-- has been chosen as this year's campus wide theme. Respect influences each of us daily -- at school, in our homes, at work, and in our fields of study.

15.2 Keep the theme in mind as you complete course activities this semester.

16. Outline of assignments for the semester:

Fall 2014


16.1 General Organization of Each Study Unit

bulletAuthentic literary selections from a Specific Period in Spanish History in Target Language [TL]
bulletComposition - Pre-writing
bulletClass Discussion [face-to-face at (optional) El Salón or on-line in (required) BB-Discussion Forum
bulletWeb-based Resources about Authors, Works, Historical Period
bulletLexical Choice - Vocabulary Development
bulletGrammar Review

16.2 For each of the seven historical periods in Spanish Literary History that you will study, follow this procedure to incorporate all the elements of the study unit in your learning experience:

bulletVisit the publisher’s web site at http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=9780759396661&token=
 for background on the chapter materials. Click on the pull down menu to select the chapter for which you want to read support materials and select from the resources on historical period, author and the work itself.
bulletCheck the links provided in BB-Course Documents and in the Schedule of Assignments for more information about the authors and their works. [optional]
bulletScan each literary selection for vocabulary and a preview of content. Refer to the Glosario de terminos literarios y culturales on p. 717.
bulletConsider the Preguntas de pre-lectura.
bulletRead the footnotes carefully.
bulletWrite down any questions you have. Share them with classmates in your discussion group on line or at El Salón.
bulletNow, read the selections carefully for comprehension.
bulletRead the Preguntas de comprensión portion of Después de leer writer’s reference at the end of each selection.
bulletAt least once per week, offer your comments of the selections you have read in the BlackBoard discussion board AND reply to at least two of your classmates’ comments. Correspond in the Target Language [TL], using the vocabulary you are learning in each unit.
bulletScan the English Grammar for Students of Spanish for review of any grammar points you need to review for your essays, e-chats and discussion.
bulletVisit the Atajo Verb Conjugator for help with verbs at http://www.heinle.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=0759396663&discipline_number=303
bulletIf you need practice, write out some of the grammar exercises in your portfolio. [optional]
bulletCheck the links (on my web page and in the BlackBoard course shell) for more practice on any of the topics listed for this course.
bulletFrom your choice of five of the seven historical periods, select a favorite reading and write a literary essay:
bulletChoose a topic from the Preguntas de análisis or Temas para informes escritos section of Después de leer writer’s reference from your favorite selection.
bulletWrite a minimum five paragraph essay in the TL on the selected topic.
bulletIncorporate the new vocabulary words and the grammar constructions studied in the unit.
bulletSubmit the essay by the due date specified below in 15.3 Specific Study Units as an entry to your portfolio by e-mail to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu [Hint: there is an underlined space between the first and last name in my e-mail address.
bulletEssays must be at least 5 paragraphs in length, and submitted on time to be eligible for full credit.
bulletEssays turned in late will receive reduced grade points.


16.3 Specific Study Units with Timeline

Color Code:

Important IVCC Information

Reading Assignments

Writing Assignments

Assignment Deadlines

Optional El Salón Sessions








Please note: The first day of a class section is the last day to register.

C1 Inicios históricos de España (Siglo IX – Siglo XIV)

> Complete Technical Orientation Activities in BB - Assignments by 8 AM M 8/25

BB-Discussion Forum: Las jarchas; El Cantar de mío Cid

8/19 T Course introduction: Tuesday, August 19 at  10:45 AM in A-316

Read pp. 22-36

BB-Discussion Forum: C1: Los Milagros de Nuestra Señora; El libro de buen amor

8/26 T Technical Orientation Activities in BB - Assignments  due by 8 AM T 8/2
Optional  "El Salón"  10:45 AM in A-316
>Select topic for Essay #1 and begin work.
> Essay #1 due
by 5 PM T 9/02
8/29 F


Read pp. 37-56

BB-Discussion Forum: C1 El conde Lucanor; Los Cancioneros; Coplas de Manrique




9/02 T Siglo XIV – Siglo XVI)

Essay #1 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu

Read pp. 57-95

BB-Discussion Forum: C2 Romances; La Celestina; Los Sonetos de Garcilaso de la Vega

> Select topic for Essay #2 and begin work.
> Essay #2 due
by 5 PM M 9/22



C2 España Imperial (1492-1700)

Read pp. 96-166

BB-Discussion Forum: C2

La narrativa renascentista y La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes; Fray Luis de León; Santa Teresa de Jesús; San Juan de la Cruz; Lope de Vega; Miguel de Cervantes





Read pp. 167-196

BB-Discussion Forum: C2  Novelas amorosas; Luis de Góngora; la poesía de Francisco de Quevedo; La casa de los linajes




Read pp. 197-231

BB-Discussion Forum: C3  Defensa de las mujeres; Las cartas de Cadalso; Elogio a Carlos III; Tomás de Iriarte 



Optional  "El Salón"  10:45 AM in A-316
Essay #2 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu
Los siglos XVIII y XIX: El progreso hacía la modernidad

Read pp. 232-286

BB-Discussion Forum: C3  El sí de las niñas

>Select topic for Essay #3 and begin work.
> Essay #3 due
by 5 PM M 10/13

10/01 T


C3 El siglo XVIII

Read pp. 287-423

BB-Discussion Forum: C4  Espronceda; Larra; Zorrillo




Read pp. 424-440

BB-Discussion Forum: C4 Bécquer; Rosalía de Castro


Essay #3 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu

C4 El siglo XIX 

Read pp. 441-498

BB-Discussion Forum: C4  Galdós; Pardo Bazán; Alas - <Clarín>

> Select topic for Essay #4 and begin work.
> Essay #4 due
by 5 PM T 11/04



Optional  "El Salón"  10:45 AM in A-316

Read pp. 499-567

BB-Discussion Forum: C5  Unamuno, Valle-Inclán, Machado, Jiménez, Ortega y Gasset, de Burgos




Read pp. 568-622

BB-Discussion Forum: C5  Lorca; Alejandre 

10/28 T Spring 2015 Registration Begins (Online)  
10/29 W Spring 2015 Registration Begins (In-person)  


10/30 R Spring 2012 Registration Begins (Telephone)
El día de los muertos
Una conmemoración especial

Location - A300
9:30  - 10:45 AM, 11 AM - 12:15 PM and 12:30 - 1:45 PM



Essay #4 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu

El siglo XX en España

C5 1898-1936

Optional  "El Salón"  10:45 AM in A-316

Read pp. 623-640

BB-Discussion Forum: C6  Cela, Alonso

> Select topic for Essay #5 and begin work.
> Essay #5 due
by 5 PM T 11/25




C6 1939-1975

Read pp. 641-666

BB-Discussion Forum: C6  Matute, Sastre

Read pp. 667-681

BB-Discussion Forum: C7  Muñoz; Rossetti



Essay #5 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu
C7 1975-actualidad

Optional  "El Salón"  10:45 AM in A-316

Read pp. 682-700

BB-Discussion Forum: C7  Ortiz; Rivas

> Select topic for Essay #6 and begin work.
> Essay #6 due
by 5 PM M 12/01








Essay #6 Due by 5 PM today by email to anna_pietrolonardo@ivcc.edu











 16.4 Quick web links for SPN-2004-80/HFA-1007-09:Survey of Spanish Literature
Voces Web Site

Atajo Verb Conjugator

El Salón

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