SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Sandra Franco
sandrafranco@hotmail.com
Sandra Maciel Franco, retired Spanish teacher and Modern Languages Department Chair at University High School in Tucson, Arizona, has taught for more than 30 years.  She taught Migrant Education and French at the elementary level, and Spanish language and literature at the high school and college level. She taught AP* Spanish Language for 21 years and AP* Spanish Literature for 18 years. She earned a BS in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University, with a major in Spanish and a minor in French; and a MA in Spanish Literature from Brigham Young University.
Her teaching position at the high school level included membership in the University High School Site-based Organization and Instructional Council, and the North Central Accreditation Committee. She also served as the National Spanish Exam Coordinator for the Tucson area. She is currently a Consultant for the College Board*. 
She received the Scarlet and Gray Certificate of Commendation in 1998-99, Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1999, One of the Best Foreign Language Teachers award at the 2002 University of Arizona Second Language Teacher's Symposium, the National Society of High School Scholars’ Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, and “Exemplary AP* Teacher” from the College Board in 2006.
 
Description for AP* Spanish Literature & Culture
 
This workshop covers the structure of the AP* Spanish Literature & Culture Exam:  reading comprehension of the required reading list, listening comprehension, poetry analysis, literary vocabulary, and essay writing.  Discussions will include class curriculum and the school support needed to create and maintain a strong AP* Spanish program. Successful strategies and teaching methods for different types of students (native speakers, non-native speakers, large or small classes) will be addressed, as well as those student skills that need to be reinforced on a regular basis. Time will be devoted to analyzing and reviewing sample texts, and detailed information regarding the grading system will be given.
 
Syllabus for AP* Spanish Literature 
 
Day 1
 
• Benefits of an AP* Program and How to Develop an AP* Program
• Organizing an AP* Spanish Literature & Culture Class
• Description of the AP* Spanish Literature & Culture Exam, Changes and What's New
• Strategies for Teaching AP* Spanish Literature & Culture
• Syllabus for AP* Spanish Language & Culture, Lesson Plans, Research
• Projects, and Internet Exercises
• Reading Strategies
 
Day 2 
 
• Reading Strategies Con’t
• How to Teach Reading and Vocabulary
• How to Use the Internet for Reading Comprehension
• The Use of Music and Videos in the Classroom
 
Day 3 
 
• Writing, Composition, and Grammar Ideas and Strategies
• Ideas for Writing an Excellent Composition
• Interactive Writing Activities
• The Use of the Internet for Writing and Literary Activities
• Ideas for Teaching Poetry and Literary Vocabulary
 
Day 4 
 
• Listening Comprehension Strategies
• How to Make the Most of Internet Sites for Listening Comprehension
• Analysis of AP* Spanish Literature Exams
• Review and discussion of test samples
• Analysis of previous exams
• Sharing of methods, strategies, and techniques
 
Class PreparationPlease bring the titles of textbooks and supplementary materials used in class, a lesson or activity that has worked well for you, and a pencil(s) for a class activity.