Harriet J. Bauman
The unit just described is an introduction to writing creatively in Spanish Level IV. At the end of the eight weeks, the students will be ready to go on to the next step which will be to use Spanish literature as a basis for their writing. They will be reading works such as
Don Quijote, La Casa dee Bernarda Alba
, among many others. They will be asked to write descriptions of characters such as Sancho Panza or Bernarda Alba. They might be asked to compare and contrast two characters such as El Cid and the king. They might be asked to write about themselves as Pepe el Romano, or Dulcinea, two characters around whom most of the action takes place but who never appear. They could also tell about their adventures as Rocinante, Don Quijote’s horse.
There are endless possibilities for creative writing using the wealth of Spanish literatur . Keeping my goals in mind for the kinds of writing I want my students to do will enable me to choose the appropriate reading material from which to elicit written creative responses. Therefore the course will be much more meaningful for the students as they will be able to see the connections among the assignments they are asked to do.
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