I will be teaching AP Spanish Language for the first time this fall, and have been learning all I can about the exam. I have training in a couple of weeks. On the current exam, there are two sections where the students have to synthesize information from written and oral texts into presentational writing and speaking tasks. I used to teach IB, and the new test will have a similar assessment where students take information from three written texts and create a written product. I have been thinking of ways to practice these types of assessments with my students. It is not a type of presentational assessment that will come naturally to them; it is something that they will have to be trained to do.
I have an article that I found in “People en Español” that is about Jordan Romero, the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. I thought I would use is as part of a unit called “Metas y Desafíos.” That unit has yet to materialize, but I have found a use for the article. I want to use it and a recent reading from the “Veinte Mundos” online magazine about rescue workers at Aconcague, the highest peak in South America. I would like to have the students read the two texts and create a written product. For the AP exam, it appears that it is always an essay question, so I will write one for them to answer. For the IB exam, the students choose the text type, so I would suggest a series of diary entries about a journey up a mountain, or perhaps an interview with a climber or rescuer. I would like find a third text, such as advice for those wanting to take up mountain climbing. Or perhaps I can find a related video on Youtube.
Here is an article online about Jordan Romero: http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/ninode13anosescaloeleverestdicequeesperainspiraraotroschicos-503018.html
Here is the article about the rescue workers at Aconcagua in South America: http://www.veintemundos.com/magazines/50-en/
I found TEDx talk on Youtube in English with Jordan Romero, but I can’t hear the audio for some reason. I’ll have to keep looking!