Sandra Maciel
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 - 2022
¡Bienvenidos! This course 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 student samples, using authentic and audio-visual resources, creative strategies and techniques, and the task models and resources found in the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description (CED) and AP Classroom.

Class Preparation
1.  Participants should read the AP Spanish Literature & Culture Course and Exam Description (CED): or

2.  Participants who are new to the AP Spanish Literature & Culture class should contact their school administration as soon as possible to ensure that they have been registered on the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course ledger. You will need to complete the AP Course Audit form in order to get access to AP Classroom and other resources. You do not have to turn in your syllabus, but you do need to sign up in the AP Course Audit section. Go to or

3.  After completing your audit, join the AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Community. Go to

4. Please read as many of the required literary works for this class found at (pp 17-18).

5.  Prepare a lesson, activity or website that has worked well for you to share with participants.
Syllabus for AP Spanish Literature  
Day 1
• Information and Strategies for Teaching AP* Spanish Literature & Culture
• Organizing an AP* Spanish Literature & Culture Class
• AP Spanish Literature & Culture Exam Description (CED), Changes and What's New
• Syllabus for AP Spanish Literature & Culture, Lesson Plans, Research, Projects, and Internet Exercises
• AP Spanish Literature Reading List
• Understanding “AP Classroom”
• Introduction to Reading and Poetry through Music; Synthesis Strategies
Day 2 
• Reading Literature Continued: Critical Thinking and Strategies, Vocabulary Ideas, and   Activities for Reading Success
• How to Use the Internet for Reading Comprehension
• Listening Comprehension Strategies
• How to Teach Literary Vocabulary
• Strategies for Analyzing Literature
Day 3
• Ideas and Strategies for Writing an Excellent Essay
• Comparison of Literary Texts with Art
• Analysis and Comparison of Texts
• Use of Literary Vocabulary to Analyze Literature
• Interactive Writing Activities

Day 4
• Analysis of AP* Spanish Literature and Culture Exams
• Review and discussion of student samples
• Analysis of previous exams
• Sharing of methods, strategies, and techniques