Classes at SBHS: Public Issues and World Affairs with Deirdre Donovan & Kimberley Watkins, Spanish 6 with Graeme Saphier
College Classes: Analyzing Hispanic Literature (SPAN 140) with Tina Escaja, Intro to Hispanic Linguistics (SPAN 212) with Guillermo Rodriguez
project no. 1
During my final semester of high school, I decided to design a Spanish intensive with the goal of becoming fluent enough to take a trip to Spain in the spring. In order to accomplish this goal, I enrolled myself in two dual enrollment courses at UVM, as well as taking Spanish 6 at SBHS. I also went to the World Languages office regularly to discuss current events in Spanish with Sr. Saphier. Both college classes were conducted entirely in Spanish. At first, I could only understand about 20% of what my professors were saying. I mainly focussed on listening for individual words I recognised to get the gist of their lessons. By the end of the term, I could understand every word and recognise the types of sentence structure and conjugations they were using. In my literature class, I learned to discuss literary devices and the structure of different types of writing, as well as make historical, political, and cultural connections. I also wrote 2 academic essays in Spanish for that class. One was about Soneto LXXXVI by Luis de Gongora, a Spanish poet from the Baroque period, and the other discussed the movie Neruda, about Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. In linguistics, I became confident in answering questions about phonological and morphological processes and dialectology in class. Below is evidence of coursework, as well as my extended learning opportunity contract.
project no. 2
My other project this semester was writing my research paper, a Big Picture power assessment and graduation requirement. I chose the topic of music as a platform for social change, investigating the historical relationship of punk music and politics in America and the UK. I synthesised information from books, websites, magazine articles, and documentaries about the history of the punk movement into a paper about its political influence, past and present. The hardest part was figuring out what my topic would be, but the one I eventually settled on proved to be incredibly interesting and rewarding. Through the process, I learned how to find useful sources, organise research notes in an efficient way, create a good flow throughout my paper, and seamlessly integrate quotes and evidence. This project spanned from October to January.