Christine Gingrich: Spanish


  • America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd through 12th grades. Students read books and come together usually in groups of three to six to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions. However, the structure, format, and rules of the competitions may vary. If you have more interest in this please visit:

    The Battle Books competition is hosted by Ortega Middle School every year, usually the first Wednesday of April. It lasts from 4:00 to 6:00pm. We ask for teacher and parent volunteers to read and time the questions that the students are answering about the books. Trophies and medals are purchased for 1st through 3rd place and ribbons for 4th through 6th. 

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What's Happening:


    Weeks of April 24 - May 17th

    Bimonthly Agenda: Middle School English Language Arts and Reading

    The learning objectives for this unit are:

    • Being introduced to short stories and familiarized with their key components.
    • Identify, analyze, and draw conclusions about the short stores. 
    • Improve comprehension as they read and skim for main ideas and details.
    • Communicate their understanding of short stories in a concise but comprehensive way while maintaining clarity and purpose.
    • Identify themes, common elements, characteristics of short stories.


    Bimonthly Agenda: High School Spanish

    Spanish 1 students will learn vocabulary and grammatical concepts related to food, meals, diet, and health. They will spend the week completing Cornell (burrito) Notes vocabulary and watching a movie, Instructions Not Included, to gain a basic understanding of cultural perspectives, practices and products pertaining to these topics.

    Students will be able to...

    • Understand cultural perspectives on meals and meal time
    • Understand cultural perspectives on diet and health
    • Discuss food, health, and exercise choices
    • Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Talk about likes and dislikes related to healthy choices

    Spanish 2 students will learn vocabulary and grammatical concepts related to consumerism and cultural perspectives, practices and products in the Spanish-speaking world about shopping, money and residential living. Students will put all of these topics into their Cornell notes. Finally, students will be watching El Norte to reinforce this material.

    Students will be able to...

    • Describe things they bought and where they bought them
    • Understand cultural perspectives on shopping and international currency
    • Discuss driving and good driving habits
    • Understand cultural perspectives on neighborhoods
    • Read and interpret text that uses direct object pronouns and preterite verb forms of ir, ser, hacer, tener, estar, and poder

    Spanish 3 students will also be learning vocabulary and grammar--about work and community--and completing Cornell notes. The class will be watching La Lengua de las Mariposas to show the strengths and limitations of community in the face of Franco's looming dictatorship during the Spanish Civil War.

    Students will be able to...

    • Listen to and read about job interviews and classified ads
    • Talk and write about applying for a job
    • Exchange information about skills, background experience, and job opportunities
    • Understand the influence of Hispanics in the United States
    • Identify and analyze cultural aspects of Spanish society

    Our Mantra is: See it, say it, hear it, read it, write it, view it, practice and memorize!


MS English Language Arts

  • Learning Targets:

    Students will be able to...

    • Identify, analyze, and draw conclusions about an author's purpose for writing informational texts
    • Analyze a poem's form, as well as the use of figurative language and sound devices
    • Understand poetic devices' effects on meaning

Reading ~ 7th Grade

  • Learning Targets:

    Students will be able to...

    • Read and comprehend texts of diverse genres
    • Read with fluency and attentiveness to meaning
    • Analyze plot, theme, and character development in fictional texts
    • Recall and explain text details in preparation for Battle of the Books
    • Encounter a variety of high-quality writing in which elements such as interesting plots, important themes, significant social issues, sophisticated humor, and strong character development are present
    • Discuss and listen to the opinions and interpretations of others

Spanish 1 ~ 9th Grade

  • Learning targets:

    I can talk and describe my classes.
    I can put things in order using ordinal numbers.
    I can use subject pronouns.
    I can conjugate regular -AR verbs

Spanish 2 ~ 10th Grade

  • Learning targets:
    I can talk about getting ready and
    objects needed to get ready.
    I can use reflexive words.
    I can distinguish between the uses of ser & estar.
    I can use the long form of possessive adjectives.

Spanish 3 ~ 11th Grade

  • Learning Targets: 

    I can exchange information about forms.

    I can identify locations related to artistic expression.

    I can identify and discuss artists of historical and social importance abroad. 

    I can describe works of art.