Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jalen's Spanish 4 and AP Spanish Lesson Plans...Actually In Progress!

I know some of you are wondering if I will ever publish anything for Spanish 4 and/or AP.  Over the past two years I have been wondering that myself.  Well, you don't know until you know, or at least I don't know until I know, and now I know. :-)

4A is now available in both ebook and print on Amazon NOW! You can download the word documents to go with the book at my TPT store as well.

4B is also now available on Amazon with word docs available for download on TPT.

AP Spanish Unit 1 on Teachers Pay Teachers is ALSO available NOW! This is completely different from the culture units in my Spanish 4 plans, and can be used in conjunction with those books, separately, or however you see fit. This product is my Unit 1 for my own AP Spanish Language and Culture Class.
END OF UPDATES!!! Now back to the original post...]

I'm designing and writing a set of lesson plan books that can be used for Spanish 4 and AP as separate preps that potentially follow one another (as in my situation--some students in my program will take Spanish 4 as juniors and then AP Spanish Language and Culture as seniors,) OR can be used for a combined Spanish 4/AP prep, OR for just Spanish 4, OR for just AP.  I don't know why it took me so long to figure out that this is how to do it, but at least now I know what I'm writing exactly.

Both levels are centered around the AP themes, so that if I have juniors in Spanish 4 that take AP their senior year, they are spending their Spanish 4 time wisely.  I can't do those themes exactly the same way in both levels though (or else those students will have repeat lessons,) so I'm writing different materials to go with the themes at each level. Also, my draft version of Spanish 4 stuff will only cover 2 themes per semester (4 total) while AP needs to cover 3 themes per semester in order to touch on all 6.

My draft Spanish 4 materials-in-progress also have a "focus country" for each of the 4 themes.  (I might try to imbed a focus country into the AP themes this summer as well, but right now they aren't country-specific.)  In Spanish 4 I still plan to tell stories that will teach AP vocab, but only every other block, with the next block reserved for AP-style all-Spanish discussion topics pertaining to culture, current events, authentic resource readings, videos, writing, etc. That is my plan right now.  You of course will be able to use any and or all of what is in the lesson plan books for whichever level(s) you teach, be they 4, AP, or a combo--stories, culture topics, discussion, whatever you want.  I'll put it in the books in the order and format I am using it for my two separate preps, but you can feel free to improvise as desired.

I am writing my lesson materials as I teach this semester with an eye to exactly what activities work best for me and my students in terms of increasing proficiency and keeping the class in Spanish as much as humanly possible, and I mean not just me doing all the talking, but getting them to speak Spanish as much as possible on a wide variety of topics and in spontaneous-ish conversation. I am weeding out things that don't work for me, like assigning vocab lists to memorize and then doing vocab quizzes in AP, and replacing it with what does work. (With vocab, if I don't teach it in some sort of usable context like a story or a guided conversation, we are just wasting class time even taking the quiz.  I finally admitted this to myself last week, tossed out the quizzes, and started writing guided conversation questions to teach and practice AP vocab.  More work for me up front, but once they are all written, I know my students will know and be able to use "a menos que" in speaking and writing rather than having memorized it for a quiz and then totally forgotten it.)

Spanish 4 and AP speaking all Spanish, talking about culture, and steadily increasing their proficiency--that's my dream, anyway, and I think I see it on the horizon. My plan is to have something for 4/AP ready to go and up for sale around the first week of July.  (I know I've said this before and it means end of July. But my intention is to NOT have to spend my entire summer on the project, so we shall see if I meet my goal.)

And then...there are no more levels of Spanish for me to write.  They will all be written, they flow perfectly one to the next, build proficiency over time, and hopefully earn good AP scores.  That would be my teaching, planning, writing, and publishing Nirvana.  I can start using my summers to relax. <smile>

UPDATE: Follow my author page on Amazon for all my latest publications...level 4 will be there soon, with a possible AP supplement later this year (2018.)

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: AP UNIT 2 Las familias y las comunidades is up for sale as of tonight! 1/9/20

Note: this post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you for using them. ;-)


  1. I am happy the AP Lesson plans coming soon! any idea aprox. whern?

    1. Thanks for your comment and for the interest in AP plans! Actually, my plans to publish anything for AP stalled when I got hired by College Board to be an AP Reader for the Spanish Language and Culture exam three years ago...I had to sign an agreement that I wouldn't publish anything that represented a conflict of interest, which the lesson plans would have. Buuuut...this past year I started thinking about not working for them anymore and doing my own thing instead. I'm planning to make all my lesson plan books electronic next year (2018,) and if and when that project really gets going, I'll consider whether I want to publish what I've been writing and using for AP. I will know more mid-2018, and I'll keep you posted on my blog!

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    1. Not yet...I'm in the process of moving back to Oklahoma this month, and plan to focus on my lesson plan books a lot more once I get settled in. Stay tuned!

    2. Thanks Jalen!

      Hope to hear from you soon!

  3. Hello Jalen! Anymore news about the AP lesson plans?

    1. AP Unit 1 is now available at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!!


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