Students in Ms. Geri Barnish’s AP Spanish class read and explained a novella. They also completed a timed warm up at the beginning of class that helped them write quickly and effectively.
Writing down pieces of a conversation are sophomores Monica Ortiz and Elisa Bustamante. This assignment consisted of writing a phone caller's words down in a limited amount of time.
Reading the packet along with a speaker helps juniors Janessa Montenegro and Crystal Menjivar understand the main idea of the story. The speaker explained the events and helped the students to comprehend what was being said. "I grew up with people that spoke Spanish, but my parents never taught me so I took it upon myself and learned by myself," Montenegro said.
Senior Julia Hernandez and junior Elizabeth Carrasco take in the words of the novella and try to interpret its meaning. Each student was tasked with writing down what they thought the author meant and elaborating on it. "I learned Spanish when I was a baby so explaining and understanding the novela came easy to me," Hernandez said.
Listening and taking notes, sophomore Viviana Orizco writes down her thoughts on the lesson. Orizco has spoken Spanish since she was a child, and through practice she is able to read and write the language.
Listening to a phone call and writing down what the caller says are sophomores Estefania Cabral and Paulina Grijalva. In this activity, the students had to listen to the call and write everything down word for word. "I learned that the Spanish language is such a beautiful language, in that it can mean so many different things," Grijalva said. "The amount of detail in this story is incredible."
With his highlighter in hand, senior Gabriel Vergata prepares to take notes on the story. Students read the story and noted important events in anticipation for a test.
Reading out loud to the class, sophomore Bali de la Fuente explains her thoughts on the novella. The students read a novella and split the pages amongst themselves to explain the story's events. "From reading in class, I noticed that in the story that I'm reading there is a lot of detail," de la Fuente said.