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Spanish Summer Reading

(Updated May 21, 2019)

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 you develop a similar level of facility in reading and speaking Spanish as you have in English.  The summer reading provides students with a glimpse of the curriculum and the opportunity to engage with the language before school begins, since these texts are the first you will encounter in the Fall.

Assignment: Read each text several times to gain a good sense of its themes, imagery and style.

Then, please 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

Print and bring this assignment the first day of class, compiling everything in a single document.  We expect this work to be your own, to provide us with a sense of your reading comprehension so we can best support you from the start.  Don’t read it in English nor seek help from others!  It won’t be graded.

These 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:  https://www.sfuhs.org/school-life/academic-program

Beginning Spanish

No readings

Transitional Spanish

“La niña fea” by Ana María Matute
“El niño al que se le murió el amigo” by Ana María Matute

Intermediate Spanish

"Apocalipsis" (I) by Marco Denevi
“Apocalipsis” (II) by Marco Denevi (included in above document)
"Los dos reyes y los dos laberintos" byJorge Luis Borges

Advanced Spanish 

“Las medias rojas” by Emilia Pardó Bazán            
“Tú me quieres blanca” by Alfonsina Storni

Topics in Spanish Language and Literature

“Margaritay el poder de la farmacopea” by Adolfo Bioy Casares
“Margarita in memoriam” by Rubén Darío

Honors Spanish Literature

“El ahogado más hermoso del mundo” by Gabriel García Márquez
“Soneto XXIII” by Garcilaso de la Vega
“Soneto CLXVI” by Luis de Góngora (included in above document)

Honors Advanced Spanish Literature

prólogo de Tres novelas ejemplares y un prólogo by Miguel de Unamuno
“La muñeca menor” by Rosario Ferré