Syllabus AP Spanish Literature and Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture Overview


INSTRUCTOR:                       Señora Margarita Tamez


TUTORING TIMES:               Monday and Tuesday 4:00 – 4:45

And by appointment


The AP Spanish Literature course is intended to be the equivalent of a college third-year Introduction to Peninsular and Latin American literature. This course prepares students to analyze critically representative works of prose, poetry, and drama of Peninsular and Latin American literature of different historical periods from Medieval to the most recent trends. Students acquire a sense of literary expression as part of the human experience and understand the characteristics of major literary movements and the forces that shaped them. This allows for a profound analysis and understanding of the works presented without neglecting the enjoyment of literature as an art and reflection of themselves. Since this course is presented entirely in Spanish, students have the opportunity to communicate and improve their language skills as well as learn new basic vocabulary of critical terms. (



The list of works provided by the College Board strictly dictates the content of the course. During the year this list is followed in a chronological order to ensure three goals: 1) understanding the development of literature in the Spanish speaking word, not only as an artistic expression but as a reflection of its time, 2) alternating genres to ensure variety, constant practice and review of literary analysis, 3) allowing for comparison and contrast of authors and themes through history and literary movements.



The AP Spanish Literature and Culture is structured around six themes:

  • Las sociedades en contacto (Societies in Contact)
  • La construcción del género (The Construction of Gender)
  • El tiempo y el espacio (Time and Space)
  • La creación literaria (Literary Creation)
  • Las relaciones interpersonales (Interpersonal Relationships)
  • La dualidad del ser (The Dual Nature of Being)



  • To become well acquainted with some of the foremost representatives of both Peninsular and Latin American poetry, prose and drama from the Middle Ages in Spain to the Twentieth Century in the Americas.
  • To become more aware of the richly varied social, historical, and cultural contexts as well as literary movements represented by the authors and works on the AP Spanish literature reading list and how those individual differences, as well as similarities, may be seen in their works.
  • To become cognizant of the universal nature of the many themes (carpe diem, ideological differences ,social justice, man vs. nature, etc.) running through the works of the authors, regardless of the dissonance of time period, country of origin, social standing, gender, and many other factors.
  • To become familiar with the commonly used tools, language and techniques of literary analysis.
  • To be able to synthesize the materials studied and reach an understanding of the works as as to be able to confidently articulate in speech and writing his or her own impressions, experiences, and reactions to those works using sound literary analysis as well as personal interpretation and sensibilities to reach conclusions.


Section I: Multiple Choice 50% Approx. 80 minutes

Part A Interpretive Listening 15 questions 10%

Approx. 20 minutes

Part B Reading Analysis 50 questions 40%

 Approx. 60 minutes


Section II: Free Response 50% 100 minutes

Short Answers: Text Explanation 1 prompt 7.5%

Suggested time: 15 minutes

Short Answers: Text and Art Comparison 1 prompt 7.5%

Suggested time: 15 minutes

Essay: Analysis of Single Text 1 prompt 17.5%

Suggested time: 35 minutes

Essay: Text Comparison 1 prompt 17.5%

Suggested time: 35 minutes



Reference material used by the AP teacher includes resources that ensure course standards and requirements:

                Teacher’s guide to AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description at:


Rodríguez, Rodney T. Reflexiones: Introducción a la literatura hispánica. Upper Saddle River, NJ:   Pearson Education, 2012

Textbook and materials used by AP students:

Colbert, Kanter, Ryan & Sugano. AZULEJO: Anthology & Guide to the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Courses, Wayside Publishing, 2014

3 ring binder

Paper and post its

Blue or black pens and pencils


  1. Isabel Allende, "Dos palabras"
  2. Anónimo, "Romance de la pérdida de Alhama"
  3. Anónimo, Lazarillo de Tormes (Prólogo; Tratados 1, 2, 3, 7)
  4. Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rima LIII ("Volverán las oscuras golondrinas")
  5. Jorge Luis Borges, "Borges y yo"
  6. Jorge Luis Borges, "El Sur"
  7. Julia de Burgos, "A Julia de Burgos"
  8. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quijote (Primera parte, capítulos 1-5, 8 y 9; Segunda parte, capítulo 74)
  9. Julio Cortázar, "La noche boca arriba"
  10. Hernán Cortés, "Segunda carta de relación" (selecciones)
  11. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, "Hombres necios que acusáis"
  12. Rubén Darío, "A Roosevelt"
  13. Don Juan Manuel, Conde Lucanor, Exemplo XXXV ("De lo que aconteció a un mozo que casó con una mujer muy fuerte y muy brava")
  14. Osvaldo Dragún, El hombre que se convirtió en perro
  15. Carlos Fuentes, "Chac Mool"
  16. Federico García Lorca, La casa de Bernarda Alba
  17. Federico García Lorca, "Prendimiento de Antoñito el Camborio en el camino de Sevilla"
  18. Gabriel García Márquez, "El ahogado más hermoso del mundo"
  19. Gabriel García Márquez, "La siesta del martes"
  20. Garcilaso de la Vega, Soneto XXIII ("En tanto que de rosa y azucena")
  21. Luis de Góngora, Soneto CLXVI ("Mientras por competir con tu cabello")
  22. Nicolás Guillén, "Balada de los dos abuelos"
  23. José María Heredia, "En una tempestad"
  24. Miguel León-Portilla, Visión de los vencidos (dos secciones: "Los presagios, según los informantes de Sahagún" y "Se ha perdido el pueblo mexica")
  25. Antonio Machado, "He andado muchos caminos"
  26. José Martí, "Nuestra América"
  27. Rosa Montero, "Como la vida misma"
  28. Nancy Morejón, "Mujer negra"
  29. Pablo Neruda, "Walking around"
  30. Emilia Pardo Bazán, "Las medias rojas"
  31. Francisco de Quevedo, Salmo XVII ("Miré los muros de la patria mía")
  32. Horacio Quiroga, "El hijo"
  33. Tomás Rivera,...y no se lo tragó la tierra (dos capítulos: "...y no se lo tragó la tierra" y "La noche buena")
  34. Juan Rulfo, "No oyes ladrar los perros"
  35. Alfonsina Storni, "Peso ancestral"
  36. Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra
  37. Sabine Ulibarrí, "Mi caballo mago"
  38. Miguel de Unamuno, San Manuel Bueno, mártir


  • Students are quizzed and tested though out the semesters using ancillary materials provided by the AP Spanish Literature exam.
  • Written essays are corrected according to the rubrics and guidelines from AP Central.
  • We strictly follow Sharyland I.S.D. grading policy guidelines in our class.

60% Major grades and 40% Minor grades. Please visit the district’s website for more detailed information.

• All the rules in the student handbook apply to this class
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• Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings
• Please be respectful and do your best to make sure that all of your actions in the classroom make your parents proud
• Bring your materials to class everyday
• When absent, please check with your partner or the teacher right away



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