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Are you a first year AP Spanish teacher? Will you be teaching literature this year? Read this article for some professional development; what can you do to ensure your Spanish learners build their skills and master Spanish literature?
Teachers can involve their students in activities that expose them to a variety of essay styles.
Students use information from a variety of media to evaluate different artists' views on the human relationship to nature. From these sources, class discussion, and personal experience, students will synthesize a thoughtful, well-supported essay.
Elementary and middle schoolers write a five paragraph essay about themselves. They bring in items which represent something about their personalities and lives, and organize their ideas onto a graphic organizer. They use their pre-writing to aid them in composing an expository or informational paper about the person they know best.
Students practice essay writing one draft at a time.  In this creative writing lesson, students write a first draft of an expressive essay that they have outlined in a previous lesson.  Students are encouraged to be creative and write down any notes to build inspiration.
Students write a personal experience essay. In this essay writing lesson, students write about career choices, personal interests, strengths and values. Students discuss their futures and the skills they need to succeed.
Assess your new learners' writing abilities and knowledge of literary terms with these diagnostic activities. Part of a back-to-school unit, this is meant to provide the teacher with information about the ability levels of their class. This will introduce class members to persuasive writing and literary terms. As a culminating activity, small groups work to compose a story that includes the literary elements discussed earlier. 
Sometimes the conclusion of an essay can be the most important part. Whether your writers are ending with a proposition, lesson learned, or persuasive argument, teach them how to "end with a bang" with this helpful PowerPoint! This 34-slide presentation includes different examples of concluding sentences in which they must choose the best one. Tip: Show this PowerPoint in the midst of your classroom's essay writing unit.
Students review the alphabet and sharpen their writing skills. In this letter recognition lesson, students create PowerPoint presentations that feature letters of the alphabet, animals that begin with those letters, and sentences about the animals.
In this letter writing skills worksheet, students read 10 phrases to help them write letters, notes, and cards.  Students send an invitation, a good luck card, a Happy Birthday card, 2 get well cards, and a letter.  Students also write the envelope for the letter.  Examples are provided along with templates for each type of note.  A list of standards is included.
Learners discover how a president spends the day. In this presidential history lesson, students research primary sources in order to write their own diaries for presidents that include suggestions of laws, managing personnel, budgeting, handling crises, and entertaining guests.
Students determine what grammar is and how they have learned it. In this creative writing lesson, students read "Style' Gets New Elements," and respond to the discussion questions. Students then present grammatical rules to one another using songs, dance, poetry, and skits. Extension activities are provided with this lesson.
Students discover how to create realistic settings in fiction. In this writing skills lesson, students examine literary elements in fiction works they are familiar with and then practice using sensory details and establishing mood to write realistic settings.
Students explore homes as shelters while they built writing and technology skills. In this homes of yesterday and today instructional activity, students produce books using digital photography. Students develop vocabulary while researching how homes are the same and different through a variety of literary works.
Students practice identifying synonyms. In this vocabulary and writing skills lesson, students discover strategies for using synonyms effectively in writing. Students also learn to play synonym charades.
First the class analyzes the painting, Rodeo-Pickup Man by Frank Mechau, then they get to work. They explore the painting through verbal descriptions, focusing on vivid language to describe detail. They then compose a written piece using the visual clues and painting techniques used in the art.
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. For this Thanksgiving lesson, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
Learners examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Learners then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Students discover how to write fables. In this writing skill instructional activity, students review the literary elements of fables and take all of the steps in the writing process to create their own fables.
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific guide). Groups jigsaw the expeditions to experience the collaborative nature of field work and there are many ideas listed to synthesize research. The strong Writing Workshop tool allows learners to publish and review their writing.