AP redesign: Units & EQ’s
The College Board has changed the AP French and German exams this year and aims to make similar (the same?) changes to AP Spanish next year. In light of the coming changes, I decided to get a jump start on redesigning my AP curriculum. I had 9 units + a month exam review + post-exam wrap-up and it was just too much. And I knew I at least needed to add a unit on art and literature, based on material we’ve seen in the exam recently that has thrown my students off some.
I am condensing my 9 units to 6 units loosely based on the new AP themes:
For your suggestions, comments, use, or inspiration, here are my new AP units with their contexts and essential questions (some of which are taken from or at least patterned after AP examples):
Colección Uno: Así soy y allí voy
- What made me who I am
- How do societies and individuals define quality of life and how has this changed in contemporary society?
- How do our past experiences affect the ways we relate to the world around us now?
- How do our cultural practices, products, and perspectives influence how we interact with the people and products of other cultures?
Colección Dos: Soy parte de la obra
- Historical figures
- Ethnicities & languages
- What social and philosophical issues pose challenges to societies throughout the world?
- How do history, faith, and multiculturalism contribute to those challenges?
- How do history, faith, and multiculturalism offer solutions to those challenges?
Colección Tres: Lo normal no existe
- changes and traditions
- comparisons of family life and relationships
- social networking
- What roles do families and other committed relationships play in an individual’s life in different societies?
- How are personal, cultural, and religious traditions changing in a global community?
Colección Cuatro: Mejor cambiar
- Changing health
- Global citizenship
- How are science and technology affecting or improving global issues like politics and social needs?
- In what ways can governments effectively respond to the healthcare issues caused by demographic and economic changes like immigration and recession?
Colección Cinco: El ritmo me mueve
- Social conscience
- Historical figures
- What responsibility do successful artists, musicians, writers, and designers have to effect change among disadvantaged populations?
- In what ways are these popular icons working to improve their native societies and cultures?
Colección Seis: Me importa mi entorno
- Political challenges
- Economic issues
- What environmental, political, and economic issues pose challenges to societies throughout the world?
- What are the origins of those issues?
- What are possible solutions to those issues?
What curriculum do you use? Would ths work for Spanish 3??
I use Wayside Publishing’s Triángulo infrequently as a support, and we read a few stories out of Abriendo Paso: Lectura. Otherwise I don’t use a curriculum; I design it myself, mostly web-based. These issues are a little heady for Spanish 3 because they require a lot of expressing opinion, which is a higher-proficiency skill. I have finished outlining what we are doing in Colección 1, and you are more than welcome to take and adapt whatever you can for Spanish 3. Remember the difficulty is not usually in the source, it’s in the question you’re asking. Keep tasks at student’s level (or a little above) and you can use just about any source. Good luck!