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AP Spanish Literature and Culture (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: At least three years of Spanish language instruction and a satisfactory result on the CTY placement test, or an AP Spanish Language and Culture exam score of 4 or 5.

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 5-7 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.

Course Code: APSL

Course Description


AP Spanish Literature and Culture is designed to introduce students to the formal study of Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature from the middle ages to the present day. The course aims to develop students’ critical reading and analytical writing skills in Spanish to perform successfully on the Advanced Placement exam in Spanish Literature, as well as develop students' ability to make interdisciplinary connections and explore linguistic and cultural comparisons.

This class will be conducted entirely in Spanish and students will be expected to communicate in Spanish appropriate to this level. The course covers the entire official AP Spanish Literature and Culture required reading list. Students will be required to write essays to continue improving analytical writing, as well as participate in active discussions to analyze the different works of poetry, prose, and drama. Literary texts are grouped by themes. Students will discuss literary texts and their varied historical, socio-cultural, and political contexts in a variety of oral and written activities and assignments, all in Spanish. Finally, students will analyze themes and works of varied artistic representations, as well as audiovisual and audio resources, in relation to the course content.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Better understand the Spanish speaking world through the study of its culture as reflected in literary works.
  • Use techniques of literary movement and a basic vocabulary of literary terms in Spanish in order to engage in discussion about literary criticism.
  • Have greater knowledge of major literary movements, genres, periods, authors, and works that have shaped Spanish speaking countries.
  • Carry a conversation demonstrating understanding and analysis of the process of comparing major pieces of Spanish literature.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook is also required for this course:

Abriendo puertas. Ampliando perspectivas - Student Worktext by Bowen & Bowen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN-13: 978-0547858630

A Spanish-English Dictionary, while not required, may be helpful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

The course explicitly addresses each of the following themes:

 Las relaciones interpersonales

¿Hasta qué punto en una obra literaria determinada, es imperecedero, o debe serlo, el vínculo entre amigos, parientes, amantes y esposos?
¿De qué manera  se trata en la literatura el efecto sobre el individuo, de sus relaciones interpersonales?

La construcción del género

¿Qué percepciones manifiesta la literatura tocante a la función de lo masculino y lo femenino en las sociedades, desde siglos atrás hasta hoy?
¿Qué nos puede revelar la literatura tocante al papel debido o indebido de la sociedad en la búsqueda de la felicidad del individuo?

Las sociedades en contacto

¿Cómo logra una obra literaria de otro tiempo hacer vivir a su lector de hoy la realidad sociocultural y geopolítica del mundo representado en ella?
¿Qué relación puede existir entre los hechos históricos entendidos de cierta manera en la actualidad, y testimonios escritos por los protagonistas de aquellos sucesos históricos?

El tiempo y el espacio

¿Cómo los elementos de tiempo y espacio representan conceptos socio-culturales en obras literarias?
¿Cómo los escritores usan la idea de tiempo y espacio para revivir la memoria?

La dualidad del ser

¿Cómo la literatura nos habla de los elementos exteriores y su efecto en  la interioridad del individuo?
¿Cómo la literatura manifiesta el límite entre la realidad y la fantasía?

La creación literaria

¿Cómo la literatura nos habla de los elementos exteriores y su efecto en  la interioridad del individuo?
¿Cómo la literatura manifiesta el límite entre la realidad y la fantasía?

Students will apply the following concepts of literary analysis each week to better comprehend the weekly readings provided by the instructor:

  • Análisis literario:
  • Inferir
  • Identificar
  • Conectar
  • elaborar

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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