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This is a compilation of print and video sources with accompanying activities that is designed to complement/ supplement tema 4 of the AP Language and Culture textbook Temas. These activities could be used by any AP Language and Culture class that is studying the Contemporary Life theme or any other advanced Spanish class studying a similar topic since no book or other source is needed for these activities. All of the sources and activities are in Spanish. A full answer key is included.
- Los Pueblos Indígenas de los Bosques Primarios
This is a two and a half page Reading about a variety of Indigenous tribes in the Americas, their languages, their beliefs and their modern life and problems. There are 13 true false and 12 short answer (free response) comprehension questions.
- Tulancingo, tradiciones indígenas - Diversidad Cultural
This is a one and a half page Reading about the indigenous traditions in Mexico that are still present in modern day. The reading concentrates on crafts, traditional medicine and celebrations. There are ten true false comprehension questions.
- El Rap Contra el Racismo por El Chojin
This is a wonderful video/song that deals with the difficult to teach topic of discrimination. The song includes some a few strong words that may make it inappropriate for younger students, but it is an excellent way to start a discussion in an AP class about racism and discrimination in our society and in other parts of the world. There are 9 short answer/ free response comprehension questions and 14 quotes using figurative language that the students must re-write in simpler Spanish.
- Video guide for the Documentary, La Historia de América Latina, Pueblos Silvícolas y Fluviales. This video is 50 minutes long in Spanish and available free on rtve.es (radio televisión española). No account is necessary and the video can be streamed or downloaded. The video guide has a total of 100 questions of general comprehension and vocabulary in multiple choice, true/ false, matching sentence completion and matching identifications. The guide is divided into two parts so that the video can be watched during two different class periods or they can be combined to watch the whole video at once. A full answer key is included. It worked well in my AP Spanish language class, giving the students insight into the colonization and indigenous cultures of the Amazon region as well as their effects on current culture while improving their listening skills.
During this unit my AP Language and Culture class is also reading the first half of the novel La Ciudad de las Bestias by Isabel Allende Take a look at it to see if it would be good for your classes.
Kirsten Cox, Spanish, AP / IB, advanced listening and reading, comprensión auditiva, comprensión de lecturas, clases avanzadas, contemporary life, vida contemporánea, Latin America, América Latina, indigenous cultures, indígenas,