Jacob Sexton 2016-2017 Course Description: The AP Spanish Language and Culture class is a rigorous course taught almost exclusively in Spanish that requires students to improve their proficiency across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational). The College Board considers the curriculum to be equivalent to that of a fourth-fifth semester university Spanish course. The program focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles with the goal of providing a rich, diverse learning experience.
Organization: The course is divided into thematic units that the College Board determined, and corresponding cultural elements are integrated into them. Discussion of topics in Spanish is an absolute requirement in this course. The thematic units include: Las familias y las comunidades, La ciencia y la tecnología, La belleza y la estética, La vida contemporánea, los desafíos mundiales y Las identidades personales y públicas (Families and Communities, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities).
Online Classroom & Supersite: I will be using Google Classroom to post homework. The code is___________. Many of those assignments will be on the Supersite that goes with the Temas textbook, and while the Supersite automatically scores all work, I have to transfer points to Progressbook. The supersite does not have our school grading scale, so the grades you see there are not your grades in the class; only Progressbook will reflect your actual grade. In order to get credit for homework on Supersite, students have to score at least an 85% on any given assignment, and they only have three chances before getting closed out. I am able to see exactly how much time everyone spends on any given assignment, so students will not be able to “wing it.”
Primary Texts and ancillary materials:
Temas (Vista Higher Education)
Ap Spanish: language and Culture Exam Preparation
Supersite (online workbook and assessment program)
Praticipation/use of Spanish: Students must sign the classroom contract about the use of Spanish, and are required to use Spanish the entire 50 minutes of class. Each week, students will complete a self-assessment of their use of Spanish, and I review those and determine the points awarded to each student. Participation/Use of Spanish will be work 80 points per quarter (formative).
Oral Participation Grade – as explained above.
Discussion – students will lead a discussion for small groups of students one time during the school year. (summative)
Diario de Vocabulario – students are required to purchase a small journal in which they will write down new vocabulary that they come across during in and out of class readings. (summative)
Tabla de Noticias – students regularly connect to authentic resources outside the classroom by reading and summarizing 3 articles per quarter to support all units all the time. (formative)
Conexión Cultural – students are provided with a cultural comparison question once per month and must record their response to the question by calling my google voice number and leaving a message. (formative)
Homework – assigned almost daily and worth 5-10 points (formative).
Assignments per unit:
Unit Exam – students will be assessed on essential unit vocabulary, grammar reviewed, reading, and listening. Reading and listening sections mimic the ap exam format. (summative)
Email – students will write at least 1 in class email per unit that mimics the ap exam format. (summative)
Persuasive Essay – students will write one synthesis essay per unit that mimics the ap exam format. (summative)
Oral Presentation – students will make one oral presentation per unit in the language lab or in front of the class that prepares students for the oral presentation on the ap exam.(summative)
Blog – students will reflect on one question per unit on the online blog. (formative)
Quizzes – students will be regularly assessed on essential unit vocabulary and grammar review. (formative)
Course Plan (this plan is subject to modification and change).
Incluyo otras actividades y evaluaciones según los intereses de los alumnos y para estar al tonto con los eventos actuales mundiales.
Theme 1: Las identidades personales y públicas (3-4 weeks)
En grupos de 2, entrevístenles a estudiantes de clases de español IV sobre las características de héroes y heroínas. Preparen un gráfico o una tabla con los resultados. Comparen los resultados con los de los estudiantes a quienes le entrevistaron anteriormente. Presenten los resultados ante la clase.
Comparación cultural de Temas y el manual de práctica, Supersite actividades.
Theme 2: Las familias y las comunidades (5-6 weeks)
Customs and Values
Childhood and Adolescence
Essential Questions What constitutes a Family in different societies?
How do individuals contribute to the well-being of communities?
How do the roles that families and communities assume differ in societies around the world?
How does the notion of the “extended family” differ among cultures?
Shakira, Juanes, Carlos Vives y Bosé, unidos en un solo canto por la paz elespectador.com
Se populariza el disfraz de La Catrina by Marcos Salas
España es la puerta de Europa para los traficantes de mujeres. El País, 6 de marzo de 2009
¿Qué es un sistema educativo? http://sistedumundi.blogspot.com/2009/02/el-sistema-escolar-es-un-conjunto-de.html
Various readings from the Temas textbook and practice manual
Las selecciones de audio
YouTube videos on the following topics: Médicos sin fronteras, Greenpeace México, Los derechos de los niños
Several authentic podcasts covering the contexts in this theme