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Spanish Summer Reading

(Updated May 20, 2020)

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 students over time 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 these 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. a list of at least ten words or phrases drawn from each text that, to you, capture its essence
  2. a list of what you think are key ideas and images in each text

Compile this assignment into a single document, ready to turn in the first day of class. It will not be graded.

We expect this work to be your own, to provide us with a sense of your initial reading comprehension so we can best support you from the start. Don’t seek an English translation nor any other help.

Below are the readings for the level you are entering. To access the texts electronically, go to SFUHS online – School Life – Academics – Summer Reading, or follow this link:

Beginning Spanish
No readings

Transitional Spanish
“La niña fea” by Ana María Matute

Text:  “El niño al que se le murió el amigo” by Ana María Matute

Intermediate Spanish
Text:  "Apocalipsis" by Marco Denevi

Text: "Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" byJorge Luis Borges

Advanced Spanish
Text: “Las medias rojas” by Emilia Pardó Bazán

Text:  “Tú me quieres blanca” by Alfonsina Storni

Honors Spanish Literature
“El ahogado más hermoso del mundo” by Gabriel García Márquez

Text: “Soneto XXIII” by Garcilaso de la Vega

Text: “Soneto CLXVI” by Luis de Góngora 

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