AP Spanish final exam: Controversia navideña y Vacunas para niños
If you’re interested, here’s my final exam for AP Spanish, addressing two themes we have incorporated this semester: religious celebrations, and healthcare challenges.
The exam includes a persuasive essay and an audio prompt for a speaking response. In the persuasive essay, students are asked to discuss whether we should try to change other people’s opinions about holidays, specifically how their religion is incorporated into their celebrations. The sources include a print report about an atheist organization’s controversial billboard in New Jersey, an infographic about whom Spaniards are asking for their Christmas gifts, and an audiovisual report about a Miami-area community holding a public celebration for la concepción de María against the town mayor’s wishes. The infographic in particular is a neutral source and requires students to think about the Santa vs. Three Kings vs. no one issue. To prepare for this type of thinking, we talked about my 4-year-old telling her classmate that there was no real Santa Claus (in my house Santa Claus is a fun story much like Cinderella) and he didn’t believe her. (To clarify, she’s not supposed to do this – she has clear instructions not to talk about Santa at school!)
For the speaking response, my longtime cyberfriend Pilar (@mundaysa) recorded the prompt for me. The audio is a mother in a doctor’s office who needs to get a vaccine for her child but can’t afford the doctor’s price. My students have researched and discuss low-cost and free healthcare options in our area and should be able to use this knowledge to explain to the mother where she can get a low-cost vaccine for her child.