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Developed by experts in AP instructional design, these interactive online modules will provide you with strategies, resources, and activities for teaching an effective AP world language and culture course. Be sure to check out the newest module: Developing Students’ Abilities in Critical Reading and Literary Analysis for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description—September 2014
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description Audio FilesThe Course and Exam Description Audio Files are also available.
Fall 2014 Revisions to the Spanish Literature Course and Exam Description
Review the Fall 2014 Revisions to the Spanish Literature Course and Exam Description for details about minor adjustments made to the course in fall 2014.
The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students continue to develop proficiencies across the full range of the modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, and literary criticism).
Essential Course Resources
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Reading ListUse this reading list when planning and teaching your course.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Glossary of Literary Terms
The Glossary of Literary Terms is useful when planning and teaching your course.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 1
Sandy Williamson, East Chapel Hill High School, N.C.—This course is taught in a public suburban high school where the teacher emphasizes small group work to strengthen interpersonal communication. The course includes a strong writing focus and interdisciplinary work.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 2
Stephen D. Johnson, Lake Forest Academy, Ill.—This course is taught at an independent, college-preparatory school in a suburban setting. The teacher includes a strong cultural focus and emphasizes the importance of interaction with the local Hispanic community.
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 3
Gilda Nissenberg, Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, Fla.L—This course is taught at an urban public high school where the teacher approaches the course by genre and organizes instruction chronologically within each genre. The teacher includes art, music, and film to support instruction. (Presented in Spanish)
AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course Planning and Pacing Guide 4
Ceida Fernández Figueroa, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico, PR—This course is taught at an independent school in suburban Puerto Rico where the teacher organizes the course thematically and connects works of different genres and time periods through their themes. (Presented in Spanish)
College Board Store
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AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.