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After the Exam: Spanish

Suggested Activities and Assignments From Your AP Spanish Colleagues

  • Have a progressive dinner among the languages taught at your school (in our case, Russian, Latin, Spanish, German and French). The different courses of the meal are "served" in the classroom where that language is taught; the guests ask the hosts prepared questions about their foods, cultures, history, etc., while enjoying a tasty treat from that cuisine. (Developed with LeaAnn Osburn, a Latin teacher.)
  • Read a thriller novel like El Tunel by Ernesto Sabato.
  • Publish an end-of-the-year issue of a newspaper or magazine for the lower levels to use as a reading activity.
  • Design a T-shirt and have it delivered near the last day of school: "I survived the Spanish AP Exam!"
  • Have a Trivial Pursuit® competition between sections of the same level or between levels.
  • Have students pick a romantic site for their future honeymoon in a Spanish-speaking country and develop a travel brochure to show to their significant other to convince him/her to go there instead of London, England.
  • Have a volleyball tournament where all cheering and commands are given in the target language.
  • Have a picnic with some bilingual students in the lower grades; play games, have relay races, get silly in Spanish.
  • Get some inexpensive address books/memory books and spend an hour writing despedidas and e-mail addresses for one another as you all go your separate ways. Take a group photo and promise to write to one another.
Patricia Meloy
Spanish Language
Barrington High School
Barrington, Illinois

Typically in Arizona our semester is over by the end of May and consequently there is very little time after the AP Exam is administered. I have found, however, that it provides a great opportunity to read some short stores or perhaps a play. In the past we have read La Dama del Alba or La Barca Sin Pescador by Alejandro Casona. You can purchase "La Dama del Alba," a film made in Spain and an excellent video in my opinion, from Insight Media, 2162 Broadway, New York, NY 10024-0621 or (800) 233-9910. It follows the storyline and is easy to understand. My students love this story.

My students also enjoy En la Ardiente Oscuridad by Antonio Buero Vallejo or perhaps La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca. You can purchase a film version from Films for the Humanities. Even though it is in English it is a great companion to the play and I show it in intervals as we finish each act.

Since we have been working very diligently the entire year I do not require as much from my students as before the exam. We read for sheer enjoyment and discussion. The students are very relaxed and fully participate in the discussions; the culmination activity is an essay. Since the weather in Tempe, Arizona, is very beautiful this time of year we are even able to read outside in the sunshine. Every year my students comment that this was one of their favorite times.

Laura Zinke
McClintock High School
Tempe, Arizona

There are several different ways you can approach your AP class after the AP Exam. Our school does not require that we give a final exam, so I am able to relax a bit with my students but still continue to hold them responsible. Here are some activities I have done in the past.
  • Show one of my favorite movies:
    Con ganas de triunfar
    Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
    Como agua para chocolate

    After viewing the movies, have students recreate one of their favorite scenes in front of the class.
  • Create an AP Portfolio. Include a reflection piece on the year that includes tapes, essays, artwork, and poetry.
  • Create a literary magazine. Include original poems, essays, and original artwork by students.
  • Host an AP Night and show off the student portfolios and literary magazine. Invite parents, friends, and other students to attend.
  • Go to the middle school or elementary school and have students teach for a week. (I suggest that you create a series of lesson plans together and do a few mini lessons within the AP class first.)
  • Work on a school mural dedicated to a Mexican muralist you have studied and have the mural placed in a visible spot in the school (I chose the library).
María José Lloréns
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School
Port Jefferson, New York

El Beso de la Mujer Arana by Manuel Puig is a wonderful, provocative text. Combined with the film adaptation starring Raul Julia and William Hurt, you will have excellent material and very interesting conversations. However, read the book and see the movie first before you assign it to see if it is appropriate for your students. You may also want to tell the students that they do not have to read the very extensive footnotes.

Don Morley

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