Ap spanish Language and Culture Jacob Sexton 2016-2017 Course Description



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AP Spanish Language and Culture

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).

Ongoing Assignments:

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)

Recommended Contexts

  • Personal Beliefs

  • Personal Interests

  • Self-Image

  • National and Ethnic Identities

  • Alienation and Assimilation

Essential Questions

  1. How are aspects of identity expressed in various situations?

  2. How do language and culture influence identity?

  3. How does one’s identity develop over time?

Las lecturas

  • Expulsados by Francisco Jiménez

  • Cajas de cartón by Francisco Jiménez

  • Tres héroes by José Martí

  • Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia by Rigoberta Menchú (ciertos capítulos)

  • Selected reading from the Temas textbook and practice manual

  • Various articles from authentic, online sources.

Las selecciones de audio

  • Documentaries about indigenous groups and generational differences from fundaciondelvalle.org

  • Vivir juntos (la identidad) – short videos with young people from various Spanish-speaking countries talking about their lives.

  • Videos from spanishlistening.org

  • Various other podcasts and listening activities from the Temas textbook and practice manual

Algunas actividades y evaluaciones

Comunicación interpersonal escrita:

  • Correos electrónicos de Temas

Comunicación de presentación escrita

  • Ensayos persuasivos sobre la enajenación y la asimilación después de leer las obras de Jiménez

  • Narración en el pasado sobre el autoestima personal

Comunicación interpersonal oral:

Comunicación de presentación oral:

  • 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)

Recommended Contexts

  • Customs and Values

  • Family Structure

  • Childhood and Adolescence

Essential Questions

  1. What constitutes a Family in different societies?

  2. How do individuals contribute to the well-being of communities?

  3. How do the roles that families and communities assume differ in societies around the world?

  4. How does the notion of the “extended family” differ among cultures?

Las lecturas

  • 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

  • Actividades de Temas y manual de práctica, Supersite actividades

Algunas actividades y evaluaciones

Comunicación interpersonal escrita:

  • Correos electrónicos de Temas

  • Diario de reacción sobre el ciberacoso

Comunicación de presentaci’on escrita:

  • Ensayo de comparación

  • Ensayo de persuasión

Comunicación interpersonal oral:

  • Entrevistas con el profesor sobre tópicos del tema

  • Actividades de Temas y el manual de práctica, Supersite actividades

Comunicación de presentación oral:

  • Comparación cultural de Temas

  • Students do two multi-step projects in which they build on the contexts in this theme

Theme 3: La vida contemporánea (4-5 weeks)

Recommended Contexts

  • Education and Careers

  • Travel and Leisure

  • Lifestyles

Essential Questions

  1. How is contemporary life influenced by cultural producs, practices, and perspectives?

  2. What are the challenges of contemporary life?

Las lecturas

  • Several readings from Temas and the practice manual

  • Online entertainment reviews (music, cinema, etc.)

  • Online vacation blogs

  • Poems from, Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems about Growing Up Latino

  • Select chapters from La casa en la Calle Mango by Sandra Cisneros

  • Online articles (see below)

Las selecciones de audio

  • Vivir juntos videos about family, love and fear

  • Videos from spanishlistening.org

  • Various other podcasts and listening activities from the Temas textbook and practice manual

Algunas actividades y evaluaciones

Comunicación interpersonal escrita:

  • Correos electrónicos de Temas

Comunicación de presentacion escrita:

  • Ensayo argumentative

  • Ensayo de persuasión

Comunicación interpersonal oral:

  • Entrevistas con el profesor sobre tópicos del tema

  • Actividades de Temas y el manual de práctica, Supersite actividades

Comunicación de presentación oral:

  • Comparación cultural de Temas

Theme 4: Los desafíos mundiales (5-6 weeks)

Recommended Contexts

  • Econmic Issues

  • Environmental Issues

  • Health Care and Medicine

Essential Questions

  1. What environmental, political, and social issues pose challenges to societies throughout the world?

  2. What are the origins of those issues?

  3. What are possible solutions to those challenges?

Las lecturas

  • Several readings from Temas and the practice manual

  • United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights (in Spanish)

  • United Fruit Company by Pablo Neruda

  • Nunca jamás: Comisión nacional sobre la Desaparación de Personas de la Argentina

  • Online article by Elena Poniatowska about the 1968 Mexican massacre: http://www.adnpolitico.com/2012/2012/09/28/elena-poniatowska-asi-fue-la-matanza-de-tlatelolco-en-1968

  • Several online articles in Spanish about child labor and child migration

Las selecciones de audio

  • Documentary, Cambio climático

  • Activities from Temas and the practice manual

  • Online podcasts on the contexts in this theme

  • Documentary, Which Way Home?

  • YouTube videos about La noche de Tlateloco, Human Rights Abuses, Liberation Theology, SOS Venezuela, and globalization

Algunas actividades y evaluaciones

Comunicación interpersonal escrita:

  • Correos electrónicos de Temas y el manual de práctica

  • Diario de reflejo y de reacción

  • Carta a un político expresando las opiniones personales sobre los abusos de los derechos humanos.

Comunicación de presentación escrita:

  • Ensayo argumentativo

  • Ensayo de persuasión

Comunicación interpersonal oral:

  • Entrevistas con el profesor sobre tópicos del tema

  • Actividades de Temas y el manual de práctica, Supersite actividades

Comunicación de presentación oral:

  • Comparación cultural

Theme 5: La ciencia y la tecnología (5-6 weeks)

Recommended Contexts

  • Access to Technology

  • Effects of Technology on Self and Society

  • Science and Ethics

Essential Questions:

  1. How do development in science and technology affect our lives?

  2. What factors have driven innovation and discovery in the fields of science and technology?

  3. What role do ethics play in scientific advancement?

  4. What are the ethical consequences of cloning and stem cell research?

Las lecturas

  • Selected articles from Temas and the manual de práctica

  • Preguntas y respuestas sobre la clonación aciprensa.com

  • Vivir para siempre, BBCMUNDO.com

  • La ONU declara el acceso a Internet como un derecho humano, CNN México

  • La primera clonación humana abre le era de medicina regenerativa, Edición digital de a Voz de Galicia 15/5/2013

  • Nosotros, no by José Bernardo Adolph

  • Desde Definición ABC http://www.definicionabc.com

  • http://www.gastronomiaycia.com/2008/10/09/espana-es-tolerante-con-los-alimentos-clonados/

Las selecciones de audios

  • Activities from Temas and the manual de práctica

  • YouTube videos about cloning (United Nations Declaration on Clonging, for example)

  • Movie-Eva

  • YouTube-La casa de mañana

Algunas actividades y evaluaciones

Comunicación interpersonal escrita:

  • Correos electrónicos de Temas y el manual de práctica

  • “Un viaje virtual”

Comunicación de presentación escrita:

  • Ensayo de reacción- el ecoturismo

  • Ensayo de persuasión- Los avances tecnológicos

Comunicación interpersonal oral:

  • Entrevistas con la profesora sobre tópicos del tema

  • Actividades de Temas y el manual de práctica, Supersite actividades

Comunicación de presentación oral:

  • Comparación cultural de Temas

Proyectos e investigaciones:

  • Create a new invention that can improve the quality of life.

  • Research and present ecotourism in other countries-Compare with traditional tourism.

  • Create a public service announcement.

Theme 6: La belleza y la estética (3-4 weeks)

Recommended Contexts

  • Defining Beauty

  • Defining Creativity

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Essential Questions

  1. How are perceptions of beauty and creativity established?

  2. How do ideals of beauty and aesthetics influence daily life?

  3. How do the arts both challenge and reflect cultural perspectives?

Las lecturas

  • Several readings from Temas and the practice manual

  • Elogio de la lectura y la ficción by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Selected poems by Federico García Lorca

  • La belleza obsessiona a las latinoamericanas http://www.lanacion.com.ar/551157-la-belleza-obsesiona-a-las-latinoamericanas

  • ¿Por qué no baja la fiebre de cirugía plástica en Latinoamérica? http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2013/01/130123_salud_cirugia_plastica_gtg.shtml

  • La belleza cuesta http://www.nosotros2.com/mujer/025/articulo/995

  • Colombia, uno de los países que más hace cirugías plásticas

  • http://www.portafolio.co/negocios/colombia-uno-los-paises-que-mas-hace-cirugias-plasticas

  • Select chapter from El ingenioso hidalgo de Don Quijote de La Mancha

Las selecciones de audios

  • Activities from Temas and the practice manual

  • www.ver-taal.com

  • Movie-el estudiante

  • Documentary-Landfill Harmonic

  • YouTube videos about La noche de Tlateloco, Human Rights Abuses, Liberation Theology, SOS Venezuela, and Globalization



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