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AP Spanish Literature Syllabus


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Course Overview
The AP Spanish Literature course covers an overview of Hispanic literature from the medieval period through the 20th century. Both Peninsular and Latin American authors are represented in the genres of poetry, drama, short stories and novels. Students also learn to read, understand and discuss literary analysis and criticism through the writings and commentaries of experts in the field. This course will be taught entirely in Spanish. Students will read and discuss each of the works included on the required AP Spanish Literature reading list. Required works: Click here
In the course, each student will:

Read and study the major literary movements and writers of Spanish and Latin American literature.

Learn key vocabulary, terminology and techniques used to effectively discuss and analyze Hispanic literature and literary criticism.

Read, write and speak in proper Spanish.

Learn to write, think and speak critically.

Understand works of prose, poetry and drama in their social, historical and cultural contexts.
Please read EXAM CONTENT.

Required Materials

  • Three-ring binder

  • Notebook


  • Bowen y Bowen, Abriendo puertas: Ampliando perspectivas Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

  • Cobert, et al. Azulejo, Second Edition Wayside Publishing, 2012

The school has student copies of both texts and encourages students to purchase individual copies of Abriendo puertas in order to facilitate note-taking and review

  • Rodríguez, Rodney, Momentos cumbres de las literaturas hispánicas

Pearson Hall, 2000.
Audio and Video Sources for the consideration of the cultural context
Selected scenes from the following movies used to support certain reading selections in class:

La casa de Bernarda Alba, Il Postino, Don Quixote, Lázaro de Tormes, etc.

Power Point slide shows on La Época Medieval, Poesía del Renacimiento, El Siglo de Oro, y El Barroco to reinforce the historical and cultural eras.

Student Activities

The course teaches students the techniques of literary analysis and a basic vocabulary of critical terms.
I. Graphic Organizers: After each reading, students fill out a graphic organizer or “Ficha” depending on the genre:

Prosa (Narración)


Obras de teatro

Título, autor, época, contexto cultural, temas, personajes, resumen del argumento, desarrollo, ambiente, lenguaje, culminación y desenlace, punto de vista, tono.

Título, poeta, época, contexto cultural, temas, versificación, ritmo, rima, arte menor o mayor, estrofas, breve resumen en prosa, imágenes sobresalientes, imágenes sensoriales, recursos poéticos (paradoja, epíteto, prosopopeya, polisíndeton, encabalgamiento, etc.)

Título, autor, época, contexto cultural, temas, personajes, resumen del argumento, desarrollo, ambiente, lenguaje, culminación y desenlace, tono, acotaciones.

II. Student Essays
Students are assigned essays designed in the format used on the AP literature Exam. Some of these are done at home and some are timed essays in class. In their essays, they analyze prose or poetry, emphasizing the imagery and literary terms, and demonstrate how the author reflects the time period and themes in his/her writings.

III. Other Student Activities

  1. Individual and Group Oral Presentations

  2. Internet investigations on selected authors wherein students investigate the historical background of the author’s country and life, activities and aspirations, and literary figures/movements that influenced their writings. This is presented with a Power Point presentation.

  3. Perform selected scenes from different theatrical works.

  4. Poster creations: i.e. poetry or storyboards that include a title, illustration, quote, and thematic analysis.

Student Evaluation
I. Each semester the students are required to write a number of essays inside and outside of class. The writing prompts for these essays are modeled on the format of the AP Spanish Literature Exam. The essays done in class are timed writings and are critiqued by the teacher. In their essay writing, students must demonstrate proper usage of literary terms and and/or poetic devices.
II. Other means of assessing students during the year are:

  • Short quizzes

  • Post-reading comprehension questions

  • Oral presentations on poetry, authors’ lives and cultural context

  • Vocabulary quizzes on literary terms and poetic devices

  • Ongoing assessment of organizers, and “fichas”

  • Semester finals using questions from previous AP Exams

III: Grade policy
Daily Grades 30% (Homework, quizzes, participation in class)

Assessment 30% (projects, essays)

Test 40%

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