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AP® Spanish Literature and Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum, drawing from the Curriculum Framework
  • Build activities and assessments that develop students' proficiencies across the full range of language skills—with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing
  • Help students move beyond reading comprehension to relate the content of the required texts to literary, historical, sociocultural and geopolitical contexts in Spanish.
  • Implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam
  • Develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements

Workshop materials

Each participant will receive a copy of the Workshop Handbook and Resources, which contains:

  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Spanish Literature and Culture and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture Practice Exam
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary)

Curriculum Module: Las sociedades en contacto: perspectivas del imperialismo

Imperialism is a complex topic and a common theme throughout literature, as majority cultures and powerful civilizations have imposed their will upon marginal or weaker populations throughout history. Imperialism is the theme of this curriculum module for several reasons. First, it is a new theme for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Second, it may be leveraged to help students view literature through a cultural and contextual lens, an approach that may require teachers to expand their own knowledge base as well as approach the instruction of the texts in new ways. Finally, the theme lends itself to a consideration of how history and literature interact, providing an opportunity to develop instruction that considers interdisciplinary connections. The activities presented in this curriculum module include prereading, active reading and postreading exercises, as well as suggestions for formative and summative assessments. They give the teacher suggestions for making interdisciplinary connections and offer flexibility for differentiated instruction.

  • Lesson: The Effects of Narrative Voice When Interpreting Imperialism
    • Activity 1: The Narrative Perspectives of the Conqueror and the Conquered: "Segunda carta de relación" by Hernán Cortés and Visión de los vencidos by Miguel León-Portilla
    • Activity 2: Learning from the Voice of the "Other": Creating the Universality of the Latin American Identity in "Nuestra América" by José Martí and "A Roosevelt" by Rubén Darío
  • Summative Assessment

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