Conversaciones escritas engages students in developing academic Spanish while celebrating the communicative skills they already possess. They are presented with texts about a variety of social justice topics and assisted with comprehension questions along the way. After reading, they are led in dissecting the text into its various key parts (introductory hook, thesis statement, summary of opposing arguments and how they are misguided, support points, conclusion). Then, students are guided through further research and composing their own argument piece to a particular audience, which can be a short "carta," PowerPoint presentation, or a full argument essay.
Drawing from best practices in native English language arts, second language writing, and heritage speaker pedagogy, the text offers a complete program that develops Spanish language proficiency, general academic writing, and knowledge of contemporary social issues; students frequently credit the book with helping them "write better in their other classes" as well.
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Here is the scope & sequence (in progress, for 3rd edition):