PRE-AP SPANISH LITERATURE COURSE DESIGN AND SYLLABUS
2007-2008 ROBERT A. JENKINS, INSTRUCTOR ROOM 336
PHONE: 804-354-6800 EXTENSION 3311
OFFICE: ROOM 331. OFFICE HOURS: AVAILABLE UPON
REQUEST AND BY APPOINTMENT.
TEXTS: 1. Abriendo puertas-Tomo I & II-Antología de literatura
en español. Nextext. McDougal Littell, Inc. 2003.
2. Horizontes: Gramática y conversación. 4th ed.
Heinle & Heinle.
3. Schaum's Outlines-Spanish Grammar. Workbook, 4th
ed., Conrad J. Schmitt, McGraw-Hill.
Other references used in class:
4. Repaso (workbook). Glencoe, McGraw-Hill.
5. Triángulo (AP exam practice). 4th ed., Wayside
6. Tertulia (AP exam practice for speaking
comprehension), 2nd ed., Thomson/Heinle, 2001.
7. Advanced Spanish Grammar. Prado. Wiley, Inc. 2nd
8. Una vez más. 2nd ed., Longman.
9. AP Spanish Workbook. 2nd ed., Longman
10. Abriendo paso. Revised edition, Heinle & Heinle.
11. Various handouts, CDs, etc.
COURSE DESCRIPTION, OBJECTIVES AND GOALS:
The prerequisite for this course is a grade of A or B+ in Spanish III or
teacher recommendation. This course is the first in a 2-year sequence
designed for advanced placement or advanced preparation in Spanish. It
provides a smooth transition from a general language acquisition and
comprehension-based program to a course stressing language production in
Spanish. Students read, summarize, analyze and discuss authentic
literature, mimic native pronunciation, discuss current events, and study
films in Spanish. Pre-AP Spanish Literature requires advanced levels of
grammatical accuracy and vocabulary. The goal of this course is to expand
the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture through literary works,
and to practice the skills and strategies necessary to perform successfully
on the AP Spanish Literature Exam.
Each student should come prepared daily with the necessary items of pencils,
pens and loose paper. Additionally, each student should have a 3-ring
binder/notebook, a good Spanish/English dictionary (the bigger, the better!)
and a CD. Students should bring texts and materials to every class period.
Also, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the National
Spanish Exam in March, for which there is a small fee.
MAJOR TOPICS DISCUSSED:
1. Vocabulary: Most topics are covered in Chapters 1-10 of the text,
Horizontes, plus current events, technology, and
literature-based themes, etc....
2. Grammar: All indicative and subjunctive moods are reviewed, plus
all other topics discussed in the Horizontes text and
the Schaum's workbook. Necessary grammar review will be
incorporated through the contextual literature discussed
3. Literature: Most genre types will be discussed: poetry, prose,
short stories, drama, novel, etc. Popular 20th century
authors include García Lorca, Machado, Darío, Neruda,
Martí, Unamuno, Borges, Allende, García Márquez, and more..
GRADING FORMAT/ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION PROCEDURES:
40% TESTS (2-3 per marking period, major projects)
30% OTHER WRITTEN EXPRESSION (quizzes, compositions, essays, listening
comprehension, small projects, written work on oral presentations,
graded homeworks, etc.)
20% ORAL PARTICIPATION/PROFICIENCY (daily participation, recorded
activities, directed response, reactions, analysis, presentations,
10% HOMEWORK (text and other exercises from handouts, etc.)
GSGIS HONORS GRADING SCALE:
All students will follow the MLWGS student handbook and conduct guides.
Mutual respect is of utmost importance, and consequences will be dealt with
accordingly. Tardiness is not tolerated, and make-up work (for excused
absences only) should be completed in a timely manner and on an efficient
basis. Late work is not accepted. The website for the class is updated
weekly, and the students should refer to it on a consistent basis. The
web page is also linked to the school's homepage. Likewise, the teacher can
be contacted by e-mail. Therefore, work should be completed on the assigned
date. Students should not hesitate to seek additional assistance when
--I look forward to a very exciting and rewarding year! Sr. Jenkins
"I have read and understood this course design and syllabus."