This curriculum was designed to connect to AP themes starting in year 1, from the very beginning. Each unit connects to at least one AP theme. By the time they reach upper AP classes, they will have a lot of knowledge and experiences so they are ready to discuss at a higher level.

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We believe that MULTIPLE AP themes should be incorporated in MULTIPLE units, instead of planning a unit completely based on an AP theme and only touching on it once during the year.

Big “X” means it’s is a major component. Diamond “♦” means it is only a touch (like one lesson).  

Χ=main focus


Contemporary LifeFamilies & CommunitiesBeautyGlobal ChallengesPersonal & Public IdentitiesScience & Technology
Animals in the Amazon
New Friends at SchoolΧ
Athletes & SportsΧΧ
Families & ActivitiesΧΧ
Street FoodΧ
Schools of the WorldΧ
Healthy LifeΧΧ
A Week in the CityΧ
Music of the YearΧΧ
TV SeriesΧΧ
Games & AppsX
Social MediaΧΧ
Street ArtΧ
Singers (Celia, Edith, etc)ΧΧ
Summer PlansΧ
Chefs & RecipesΧ
Illnesses & RemediesΧΧ
Travel IndustryΧ
Movies & Series (adv)ΧΧΧΧ
The Future is NowΧΧ
World of SportsΧΧΧ
Trash ProblemΧΧ
Farm to TableΧΧ
Stories of MigrationΧΧ
Influential PeopleΧΧ

Global Challenges

“AP Language and Culture teachers are encouraged to consider the interconnectedness of the themes. A unit on environmental issues (Global Challenges) might, for example, touch upon recommended contexts from more than one theme. Students might study inventions as catalysts of change (Science and Technology), influences from religious beliefs or social values (Personal and Public Identities), or the aesthetics of eco-friendly architecture (Beauty and Aesthetics).” – The College Board AP

What are Global Challenges?
Climate change, immigration, population growth, discrimination, other conflicts, and allocation of scarce resources
Recommended Contexts:
• Economic Issues / Los temas económicos
• Environmental Issues / Los temas del medio ambiente
• Philosophical Thought and Religion / El pensamiento filosófico y la religión
• Population and Demographics / La población y la demografía
• Social Welfare / El bienestar social
• Social Conscience / La conciencia social

Overarching Essential Questions:
• What environmental, political, and social issues pose challenges to societies throughout the world? / ¿Cuáles son los desafíos sociales, políticos y del medio ambiente que enfrentan las sociedades del mundo?
• What are the origins of those issues? / ¿Cuáles son los orígenes de esos desafíos?
• What are possible solutions to those challenges? / ¿Cuáles son algunas posibles soluciones a esos desafíos?

What should they be able to do at each level?

Novice: Recognize and interpret memorized words related to global challenges/issues in the target culture(s) and in students’ own cultures in highly contextualized texts. Use memorized words, phrases and some sentences related to global challenges.

Intermediate Low/Mid: Identify some solutions and some effects related to global challenges/issues in the target culture(s) and in students’ own cultures. Talk about the global challenges including some solutions and effects.

Intermediate High: Collect, share, and analyze data related to global challenges/issues in the target culture(s) and in students’ own cultures. Identify cultures’ perspectives about the global challenges. Discuss the global challenges including solutions and effects from different viewpoints.

Global Challenges

included in unit

Global Challenges

not included, but a relevant extention

Animals in the Amazon

I can give basic information about the Amazon rain forest.

I can describe the Amazon’s climate.

Destruction of Amazon (infographic)

Biodiversity of Amazon

New Friends at School

I can identify people’s nationality (multiculturalism).

KitesI can pick a day to fly a kite. (weather)
PortraitsI can describe a person in a portrait.representation of minorities (hair)
Athletes & Sports
Families & Activities
Street Food
EcotourismEntire unit introduces the idea of ecotourism as an alternate to traditional vacations.
HomesI can talk about housing solutions. (homelessness, 3D printing)
Schools of the WorldI can compare prices of school supplies. (Economic Issues, access to resources)Access to school/education
FashionFast fashion, Economic Issues
Healthy LifeΧ
A Week in the City

Impact of transportation on a city

Urban Heat Islands (temperature)

RestaurantsFood waste from restaurants
Music of the Year
TV Series
Games & AppsE-waste
CelebrationsPhilosophical Thought and ReligionWaste after a celebration (ex: beads after Mardi Gras)
Natural DisastersEntire unit focuses on Natural Disasters and how they affect the world.
Social Media
Street Art
Singers (Celia, Edith, etc)Χ
OlympicsWhat happens to the cities/buildings AFTER the Olympics?
Summer Plans
Chefs & RecipesAccess to food, Social Welfare
Improving Our Community

I can investigate/discuss how to improve a problem.

Social Welfare


How are immigrants treated in your community compared to other ones?

Population and Demographics

Parks (natural)I can explain the challenges parks are facing. (conservation, extinction, pollution)Environmental Issues
Illnesses & RemediesI can investigate/explain how diseases are transmitted. (epidemics)Access to healthcare
Travel Industry

Effects of travel on environment

Carbon footprint

Movies & Series (adv)
The Future is Nowe-waste
World of Sportsequality for all
Protecting Our Waters

Entire Unit: Why is it important to protect our waters? What role do I play?

I can identify the issues and possible solutions to water issues.

Environmental Issues, Population and Demographics
Trash Problem

Entire Unit: How does what we discard reflect our values? (habits) How do we reduce, recycle and reuse?

I can identify the issues and possible solutions to trash & recycling issues.

Environmental Issues, Population and Demographics
Farm to TableEntire unit: What is the significance of the farm to table movement? (modern farming) How are different countries addressing the challenges of food production?Environmental Issues, Social Welfare, Population and Demographics
Stories of Migration

Entire Unit: In what ways do stories of migration help us understand who we are? Why do people migrate?
What actions can we take to build more inclusive communities?

Social Welfare

Population and Demographics
Influential PeopleSocial Conscience, minority rights


NY State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA):
New Jersey Student Learning Standards – World Languages: