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Spanish Summer Reading

(Updated June 15, 2021)

Spanish Summer Reading for Fall 2021

Learning Spanish at UHS emphasizes grammatical accuracy, vocabulary acquisition, and precision of communication through the close reading, analysis, and discussion of authentic unabridged texts. Our goal is that, over time, students develop a similar facility in reading and speaking Spanish as they have in English. 

The summer reading provides students with both a glimpse of the curriculum and the opportunity to engage with the language before school begins, since the texts are usually the first encountered in the Fall. Therefore, we recommend you complete this assignment a week before school starts.

Students: Read each text several times to gain a good sense of its themes, imagery, and style. Audio links are provided where available. We suggest you simultaneously listen to the audio and read the text.

Then, write in Spanish:

  1. Questions about each text that can help you and your classmates with its comprehension, as well as generate meaningful classroom discussions.
  2. Words or phrases drawn from each text that, to you, capture its essence

Compile your work into a single document, which you’ll submit electronically the first day of class. It will not be graded; it will be your first contribution to class discussion.

We expect this work to be your own, so we can get to know you and best support you from the start. We ask that you don’t seek English translations of the texts, nor any help during this process.

Beginning Spanish
No readings

Transitional Spanish
Text: 
“La niña fea” by Ana María Matute
Audio: https://us.ivoox.com/es/ana-maria-matute-la-nina-fea-audios-mp3_rf_50977778_1.html

Text:  “El niño al que se le murió el amigo” by Ana María Matute
Audio: https://us.ivoox.com/es/litercast-el-nino-al-se-le-audios-mp3_rf_25823638_1.html

Intermediate Spanish
Text: 
 "Apocalipsis" by Marco Denevi
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmoA8vBqfnY

Text: "Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" byJorge Luis Borges
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnw_qK0y6VE

Advanced Spanish
Text: “Las medias rojas” by Emilia Pardó Bazán
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELQJszT32hA

Text:  “Tú me quieres blanca” by Alfonsina Storni
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R2t3Pku2Qc

Honors Spanish Literature
Text:   “El ahogado más hermoso del mundo” by Gabriel García Márquez
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zK9GNzXRFM

Text:  “Soneto XXIII” by Garcilaso de la Vega
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwIFvxrK2wU

Text: “Soneto CLXVI” by Luis de Góngora 
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCxjIMje49g

Honors Advanced Spanish Literature
Text:  el prólogo de Tres novelas ejemplares y un prólogo by Miguel de Unamuno
Text:  La muñeca menor” by Rosario Ferré