I have been so lucky to have so many interesting teachers throughout my time at Stevenson. These past two years I have gotten the change to have the same teacher for Spanish, Senora Allison. She is so animated and has found ways to make learning a language a lot more enjoyable. This year I am taking AP Spanish 4, and were tasked with the challenge of reading a full Latin American Novel. Now, I have had to read books in Spanish class before but this one was different because it was not written for educational purposes. We read A Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Nobel Prize Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book was difficult, something that high school students would read in a literature class if Spanish was their first language.
Senora Allison helped walk us through the reading, explaining to us in Spanish to make sure everyone understood all the different plot twists. When it came to the holiday season, she let take a day off from our usual homework reading and sent us home with a recipe that we were to translate and bring back the next day. We spent that class period making homemade empanadas that we would then eat the next day while we wrote our in-class essays. It was so much fun to learn more about the culture we were putting so much effort into reading.
When we finally finished the novel, after months of hard work and bizarre character development, Senora Allison had a surprise for us. She had brought us a little fiesta in honor of all of our hard work. We had two little cakes with the words "Adios Santiago" (the victim of the death foretold) written in frosting. We popped open a bottle of sparkling cider and enjoyed our cake, proud that we finished our first official novel of the year.