Advanced Spanish Taught through the Short Stories of Quiroga
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This unit will be taught to about 35 students in high-level Spanish classes at Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School in New Haven, Connecticut. There is a mix of students from both urban (65%) and suburban (35%) areas.
All students enrolled in Coop have a primary art discipline/major, which are as follows: dance, strings, band, theater, visual arts, and creative writing. Each week, the students spend the equivalent of two out of eight 43-minute periods a day in their art classes. The other six periods are spent on core classes such as history, science, English and Math. At Coop, it is understood that the arts will be incorporated into the core-class lessons.
It is probable that we will switch to a Monday through Thursday block schedule (80-minute period) beginning in the 2009-2010 school year although it has not been confirmed nor has a specific schedule been released. Due to the uncertainty, the lessons in this unit are based on the partial block schedule used during the 2008-2009 school year. This being said, the lessons in this unit could be molded to fit various schedules.
The students to whom this unit will be taught have made it to a high level of Spanish (equivalent of Spanish IV) and most of them have a decent grasp of the language. This unit would be taught during the third marking period due to the advanced grammar and vocabulary in the stories. Normally, students in the upper levels would not reach the past subjunctive until the third marking period of Spanish IV.