Fashion trends and fads: Fashion by decades; Automobiles and fashion
Communities – Clothing and the workplace
Connections – Lasting fashions
Comparisons – The Madrilenian Scene
Culture – “Esas modas pasajeras” (Jaime Gómez León), “Flora y Victoria”(Nina Surel, Argentina), “Antes muerta que sencilla” (María Isabel López, España), “Foro: Esas modas ¿pasajeras?” (Anonymous), Workshop: your own blog
Communication:
  • Looking closely at fashion trends by decade
  • Saying what occurred in the past
  • Describing in the past
  • Talking about the influence of fashion on cars
  • Narrating in the past
  • The preterite and imperfect tenses
  • Identifying the function and use of these two past tenses
  • The preterite and the imperfect with different meanings,
  • Vocabulary: Fashion; automobiles


Technology and Progress: Recycling and pollution in our environment; Genetic engineering
Communities – Creating a public service poster
Connections – Creating a sustainable future
Comparisons – Sarriguren, a model eco-friendly city
Culture – “El calentamiento global” (Andrés Eloy Martínez, México), “Juguete del viento” (César Manrique, España), “Ska de la tierra” (Bebe, España), “Los mutantes” (José Ruibal, España), Workshop: Expressing your opinion
Communication:
  • Discussing environmental issues affecting your world
  • Describing people, places, and things
  • Describing what will or might be
  • Predicting future issues
  • Expressing hopes and desires
  • Ser, estar, haber
  • Future tense, understanding the alternative: ir + a + infinitive
  • Subjunctive in noun clauses
  • Vocabulary: the environment; professions and future activities/events


Human Rights: Liberty, equality, and fraternity; The humanitarian side of Ricky Martin
Communities – Humanitarian organization
Connections – The right to live in a dignified place
Comparisons – Habitat for Humanity
Culture – “Un hogar digno” (Habitat for Humanity International), “Manos anónimas” (Carlos Alonso), “Amor y paz” (Iván Pérez López), “Masa” (César Vallejo), Workshop: Writing poetry
Communication:
  • Discussing human rights and foreign policy
  • Reacting to issues
  • Willing others to act
  • Discussing the work of charitable organizations
  • Describing what is done for you and others
  • Expressing likes and opinions
  • Indirect commands
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns and the personal a
  • Gustar and similar verbs
  • Vocabulary: human rights; non-profit organizations


Individuals and personalities: Are you imaginative, intuitive, or analytical? ;Exercise your mind! Enjoy your memories
Communities – The importance of self-esteem
Connections – Personality
Comparisons – “Yo puedo” – a program for women in Honduras;
Culture – “Mejora tu autoestima” (Yasmin Garves, República Dominicana), “Las dos Fridas” (Frida Kahlo), “Soy” (Willy Chirino), “A Julia de Burgos” (Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico), Workshop: A social network profile
Communication:
  • Talking about yourself and others; personality and routines
  • Discussing personality
  • Describing people, things and situations
  • Talking about what has happened so far
  • Reflexive constructions
  • Agreement, form, and position of adjectives
  • Past participles and the present perfect indicative and subjunctive
  • Vocabulary: personal characteristics, personality


Personal relationships: Interpersonal communication; Body language
Communities – Non verbal communication
Connections – The model couple
Comparisons – Cell phone dates
Culture – “La química del amor” (S.M. Bacon), “Madre e hijo” (Pablo Ruiz y Picasso), “Delfina y Dimas” (Diego Rivera), “Don Pedrito” (Yarey, Puerto Rico), “Waiting for Snow in Havana” (fragmento - Carlos Eire, Cuba/EE.UU.), Workshop: a love letter
Communication:
  • Talking about styles of communication and relationships with friends and family
  • Describing people, places, and things that may or may not exist
  • Exploring relationships and how behavior affects perception
  • Making resolutions and describing what had or had never happened before
  • Describing and comparing people, places, and things
  • Subjunctive and indicative in adjective clauses
  • Future perfect
  • Pluperfect
  • Comparisons with nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs; superlatives
  • Vocabulary: personal relationships; emotions and qualities

The Entertainment World: Eva Longoria Parker: No longer desperate!; ¡The hottest picks!
Communities – Calendar of events
Connections – artists, show business, and the spectators
Comparisons – Tango and the movies
Culture – “Escuela de música” (Rafael Alcalá, EE.UU.), “Quién lleva el ritmo” (Aída Emart, México), “El Wanabí” (Fiel a la Vega, Puerto Rico), “El concierto” (Augusto Monterroso, Guatemala), Workshop: A dramatic scene
Communication:
  • Talking about our favorite entertainers and shows
  • Talking about actions that depend on time and circumstances
  • Talking about music, musicians, and musical events
  • Telling others what to do
  • Expressing wishes and possibilities for yourself and others
  • Subjunctive vs. indicative in adverbial clauses
  • Formal and informal commands
  • Subjunctive with ojalá, tal vez, and quizás
  • Vocabulary: Entertainment, music


Human Diversity: Marta Tienda, demographer; how many races are there?
Communities: Your rights in the workplace
Connections: A minority group
Comparisons: Joaquín Cortés, a Gypsy that fights for the respect of his people
Culture: “Spot contra la discriminación” (Yannlui Eduardo Velásquez Gálvez, Perú), “Día internacional de la mujer” (Armando N. Faraoni, Argentina),“Concierto de las naciones” (José Clemente Orozco, México), “Represento” (Lou Briel, Puerto Rico), “Tú me quieres blanca” (Alfonsina Storni, Argentina), Workshop: A newspaper report
Communication:
  • Overcoming obstacles due to racial, ethnic, or gender barriers
  • Comparing the past with the present
  • Expressing how long an action has been going on
  • Discussing race and gender
  • Answering the questions Why? and What for?
  • Sharing experiences that promote positive behavior
  • Review of the preterite and imperfect
  • Hacer and desde in time expressions
  • Por and para
  • Verbs that require a preposition before an infinitive
  • Vocabulary: Equality of opportunities, ethnic and gender diversity


Culinary Arts and Nutrition: Simply delicious!; your nutritional intelligence
Communities: Hispanic supermarket
Connections: Food and culture
Comparisons: Products native to the Americas and products introduced by the Spanish
Culture: “Comidas típicas: Ilobasco, El Salvador (Jonathan Breitner Hernández Rivera, El Salvador), Nature Morte Vivante (Salvador Dalí, Spain), “Supermercado” (Mamá Pulpa, México), “La leyenda del chocolate” (Anonymous), Workshop: A recipe
Communication:
  • Talking about foods and their preparation
  • Describing food and family traditions from your childhood
  • Talking about foods and nutrition
  • Expressing what you would do or would have done
  • Discussing hypothetical situations
  • The imperfect subjunctive; the conditional and conditional perfect; the indicative or subjunctive in si clauses
  • Vocabulary: Ingredients and food preparation, a healthy diet


Our complex society: Do you feel safe?; Fact or myth: ¿how does alcohol affect the human body?
Communities: International service associations
Connections: Drugs and crime
Comparisons: ASPIRA
Culture: “Recuperación neuronal en los trastornos adictivos (Juan José Legarda, TAVAD, Spain), “El viejo en el muladar” (Francisco Goitia, México), “Esto fue lo que vi” (Ramón Orlando, República Dominicana), “Un pueblo sin drogas” (Soraya Izquierdo, Spain), Workshop: A narrative in first person
Communication:
  • Talking about crime and personal safety
  • Speculating about what might have been
  • Discussing social problems and personal excesses
  • Expressing ideas without attributing them to anyone
  • Pluperfect subjunctive; uses of se with impersonal and passive constructions; indefinite and negative expressions
  • Vocabulary: Safety and crime; personal excesses


Employment and the economy: What profession will you have?; Facts and myths about your credit
Communities: Opportunities for aspiring bilinguals
Connections: Glass ceiling
Comparisons: “Una empresaria Mexicana rompe el techo de cristal”
Culture: “Paisajes humanos n° 65” (Melesio Casas, U.S) “El costo de la vida” (Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican Republic), “Fiebre de lotto” (José O. Álvarez, Columbia), Workshop: an ironic narrative
Communication:
  • Discussing career choices and the interview process
  • Understanding the training and skills required for different careers and professions
  • Reporting on what others ask or say (now and in the past)
  • Talking about finances
  • Debating national and international economic issues
  • Clarifying information
  • Indirect speech; the relative pronouns que, quien, and lo que, and the relative adjective cuyo/a(s); the relative pronouns el/la cual and los/las cuales
  • Vocabulary: professions and occupations; financial issues


Free time: “Viajes a la medida”; entertainment guide
Communities: Popular sports in the Hispanic community
Connections: Free time and technology
Comparisons: “El encierro de San Fermín”
Culture: “Nota sobre el clavado en La Quebrada” (Elías Noriega, México), “Merengue” (Jaime Antonio González Colson, República Dominicana), “Fin de semana” (Los hermanos Rosario, República Dominicana), “El doble seis” (Alina Romero, Cuba), Workshop: A memory
Communication:
  • Discussing adventure travel and free-time activities
  • Talking about outdoor activities and sports
  • Planning for a summer break or job
  • Discussing what you do in your free time
  • Talking about what you do for fun and leisure
  • Giving your opinion about pastimes
  • Sequence of tenses with the subjunctive; Uses of the definite and indefinite articles; uses of the infinitive and the –ing (-ndo) form of the verb
  • Vocabulary: Hobbies; Free time


Themes that don’t go out of style: Challenges of our century; How will the world be in 50 years?
Communities: 21st century tendencies
Connections: Globalization and education
Comparisons: Atlantis and global education
Culture: “Ciencia inútil” o “El Alquimista” (Remedios Varo, España/México), “Veinte preguntas” (La Monja Enana, España), “Genesis; Apocalipsis” (Marco Denevi, Argentina), Workshop: An editorial
Communication:
  • Talking about the 21st century, its achievements and challenges
  • Making excuses
  • Speculating about how life will be in the future
  • Giving credit or blame
  • Exaggerating
  • Se for unplanned events; the passive voice; diminutives and augmentatives
  • Vocabulary: 21st century advances; future themes