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24065 AP Spanish Literature & Culture

Field of Study

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course is comparable to a high intermediate or advanced low-level college or university Spanish language course.

Material Covered

This course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic liter ature. Students continue to develop proficiencies across the full range of the modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, and literary criticism).

By the end of the course, students will be able to read, analyze, and discuss literature from a variety of historical periods and regions. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Exam and for further study of Spanish language, culture, or literature.

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to log into the course daily and complete a variety of activities in Spanish. Students will actively participate in written, audio and video discussion boards.

Students will have regular, graded speaking assignments both live with their instructor as well as recorded within the course. Students must be able to contact their instructor for these assessments on a regular basis via live class sessions or phone.

We are a deadline-driven course and students are expected to complete assignments by the due dates posted in their course Calendar. Students can expect to work 10-12 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day.


  • Successful completion of Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, and Spanish IV is required.
  • Successful completion of AP Spanish Language and Culture is highly recommended.
  • Native speakers of Spanish and advanced students upon completion of Spanish III can be assessed for placement.
  • Students must have a strong knowledge of grammar and vocabulary as well as good listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Instruction and written and verbal communication will be conducted almost exclusively in Spanish.

Course Texts and Materials


  • All texts are presented in the course as e-texts online. However, hard copies are recommended for lengthy texts like Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes, La casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, and San Manuel Bueno, Mártir by Miguel de Unamuno. These works can be purchased online.


  • Abriendo puertas: ampliando perspectivas Student Package, 1-year Subscription (worktext + Online Student Resources) Student Edition with 1yr license to digital content
    ISBN10: 0547944950 ISBN13: 978-0547944951
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


  • Abriendo Puertas Literatura, Tomo 1
    ISBN10: 0618222065 ISBN13:978-0618222063
    Nextext McDougal Littell


  • Abriendo Puertas Literatura, Tomo 2
    ISBN10: 0131016458 ISBN13: 978-0131016453
    Nextext McDougal Littell


  • Momentos Cumbres de las literaturas hispánicas
    ISBN10: 0131016458 ISBN13: 978-0131016453
    Pearson/Prentice Hall
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