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AP Spanish Literature and Culture

A 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade Elective Course: AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Teacher: Ms. McConnell; E-mail: [email protected]


Course Overview

This course presents a thematic approach to the study of Spanish Literature and culture. The readings span from medieval to modern times, allowing students to examine the universality of literature and make comparison and connection through historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Students will explore the interdisciplinary connections between literary works and other artistic forms of expression such as music, painting, architecture and film. This course prepares students to read and critically analyze representative works of Spanish literature in all genres. Students will focus on the terminology of textual analysis, learn to identify the different elements of style and interpret texts in correct oral and written Spanish. All of the works from the required reading list for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam are read in full text forms. All instruction, discussion, and writing is in Spanish in order to support the development of students’ language proficiency necessary for success in the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and exam.

 The course is structured primarily in chronological order, addressing the six overacting themes as they appear, from the successive time periods in distinct movements, genres, and regions of the Spanish-speaking world. Following the chronological approach, students observe the development of human consciousness and changing artistic movements over time while learning to

  • Analyze the relevance of literary texts to historical, sociocultural, and geopolitical contexts.
  • Analyze literature and culture in context;
  • Learn and apply literary terminology to the analysis of a variety of tests
  • Compare and contrast works;
  • Analyze the relationship between cultural practices and perspectives; and
  • Compare cultural practices and perspectives presented in texts from different places and historical time periods.

 The course presents information in multiple ways and students work independently and collaborative to creatively produce a variety of projects and assignments. Rubrics and clear objectives are provided for written work and oral presentations. Instruction is modified based on students’ needs and results on assessments. Students are encouraged to interact in community organizations to reinforce their understanding of literary texts and to connect with other disciplines. The course is structured based on the learning objective found inAP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description.



Students who are considering enrolling in the course should have earned at least a ‘C’ in all prior Spanish courses and should be able to confirm with their AP Spanish Language/Natives teacher that they are ready. Students need to be already proficient in reading and writing academic Spanish.


Abriendo Puertas: Ampliando Perspectivas, Bowen, W. and Bowen, B., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013


 Other sources and supplementary materials

  • Momentos cumbres de la literatura hispánicas: Introducción al análisis literario, R. Rodríguez, Pearson Prentice Hall

Unit 1- La Edad Media


  • sociedades en contacto
  • la construcción del genero



  • religion, different cultures, and evolving literature
  • Conquest and Reconquista
  • Emerging country (Spain)

Estimated Time:

2 week


Essential Questions:

  • How does medieval literature reveal the cultural practices and perspectives of the people who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula?
  • How does medieval Spanish literature represent the relationship between the Christians, Muslims, and Jews?
  • How do the historical and sociocultural perspectives influence literature and literary styles in the medieval era?




Readings from the required list

Learning Objective & Instructional Activities and Assessments


  1. Don Juan Manuel,Conde Lucanor, Ejemplo XXXV “De loque aconteció a un mozo que casó con unmujer muy fuerte y muy brava”)

Interpretive Reading, Interpersonal, Connections, Comparisons

  • Students will read El Conde Lucanor and answer questions based on the readings.
  • Class discussions of sociocultural expectations on men and women, the importance of social statuses
  • A bubble map will be created to emphasize themes and supporting evidence
  • Students will read about the Medieval era and explain the how El Conde was influenced by the literary trend in the Medieval era.
  • Essay: ¿Cómo influyen las perspectivas sociales a los seres humanos? Desarollar el tema del machismo dentro del ensayo.