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Spanish Literature & Culture

Angélica M. Jiménez

Photo of Angelica M. Jimenez Angélica retired in 2018 after thirty-six years as an educator. All but two of those years were spent at Redwood High School in Visalia, CA (between SF and LA, near Sequoia National Park). Before this, she taught first grade at Eastman Avenue School in East LA from 1982 to 1984.  This was one of five top bilingual elementary schools in the state!  While at Redwood, she taught all levels of Spanish but her favorite assignments were “Spanish 1 for Spanish Speakers” and “AP Spanish Literature and Culture”, the latter since 2003.  During the late 1980s she had the opportunity to be an adjunct Spanish instructor at College of the Sequoias, teaching Spanish to adults. Angélica also served as advisor for Redwood’s “Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica,” was a master teacher to several Fresno State and Fresno Pacific student teachers, served as a BTSA provider to several first and second year Spanish teachers, and was privileged to serve as a member of the VUSD “Superintendent’s Summit Team.”  Since 2014, she has been one of several facilitators with the “Spanish Heritage Strand” with the Central California World Language Project.

Angélica was born in México and raise in Visalia, California. After graduating from Redwood High School in 1976, she attended UCLA and enjoyed the academic rigor and phenomenal course choices. She earned her BA in Chicano Studies from UCLA in 1981, and her Bilingual-Cross Cultural teaching credential from UCLA in 1982. She also has a Multiple Subject and a Single Subject Credential. She spent a total of eight years in Southern California before unexpectedly returning to the Central Valley.  Now retired, she and her cowboy husband live in the foothills near Lindsay, California. Some of her pastimes include watching thought-provoking television, reading esoteric and science books, learning topics of personal interest online through webinars, caring for and enjoying our grandchildren, and continuing my teaching passion through the opportunities with the College Board, ETS and the Central California World Language Project.  

Angélica has been an AP Spanish Reader for AP Spanish Literature & Culture since 2005. She began as a College Board Workshop Consultant in AP Spanish Literature & Culture in 2007.  In 2008, she trained as a “mentee” and later became a Mentor for the College Board’s consultant pool. Angélica served as a member of the “AP Spanish Literature Test Development Committee” in 2010-11.  In June 2012 she had the privilege to serve on the College Board’s Standard Setting Panel, whose task was to determine the level of difficulty for each item on the revised Multiple-Choice questions for the May 2013 administration. She has also served as a member of the SAT2 Subject Test in Spanish Test Development Committee from July 2013 to July 2016.  

Angélica contributed to the College Board’s “AP Spanish Literature, 2006-07 Professional Development Workshop Materials, and Special Focus: Writing about Literature”;  she was selected in 2011 as a collaborator on the workshop consultant materials for the “Redesign of the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Workshops”.  In January 2013 she created a personal online blog to help, support and collaborate with other AP Spanish instructors.

Course Description

During this AP Summer Institute, fellow participants and your AP Consultant will aspire to these Objectives and Goals:

  • Explore each section of the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course and exam description, including the Unit Guides, while making connections to the course curricular requirements while reviewing the Syllabus Development Guide
  • Begin to develop a course plan by unit and topic that incorporates the full scope of the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course into your school’s 2024-25 academic calendar
  • Explore the following resources within your authorized “AP Spanish Literature and Culture” AP Classroom: Unit Guides, Topic Questions, Personal Progress Checks, and the AP Question Bank
  • Examine sample formative and summative assessment items to identify content and skill pairings that are the targets of these assessments; subsequently these may assist teachers to create lesson plans to reinforce content and skill connections
  • Practice applying the Scoring Guidelines from the 2024 AP Exam for AP Spanish Literature and Culture to samples of student and/or teacher practice Free Response Questions
  • Identify student strengths and weakness using data available through AP Classroom and the Instructional Planning Reports
  • Explore ready-to-use strategies, instructional materials, and pedagogical tools found in AP Classroom pertinent to the content and skills required for success with your AP students
  • Learn how to register, use the resources shared in the AP Teacher Community and develop meaningful connections with participants and the AP community
  • Receive consultant-made activities and practice sample instructional approaches with “El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra [selected fragments]” (prose),“A Julia de Burgos” (poem) and selected fragments from “El burlador y convidado de piedra” to be studied as poetry.
  • New AP teachers will review the AP Course Audit portal and receive step-by-step guidance to register as an AP Teacher; in turn your AP coordinator will be able to authorize your AP course and your use of your AP Classroom with students 
  • Select and prepare a “ready-to-use” instructional strategy to be shared with fellow participants on the final day of the APSI.  See the “Instructional Approaches” section of the “2023 AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course and Exam Description” as soon as it is available to you.
  • Activities will be conducted as a whole group, paired or group work to simulate a student perspective, or individual time to allow for teacher processing, research, and preparation for 2024-25.


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