In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin. Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina De Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango. Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the character of Lead—and the impact of experience on character. There is a TED Talk and a New Yorker magazine essay on Tango. The resource features an original prompt based on 1999 AP English Literature examination that examines the impact that experience has on a character. That year a passage from Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing was used. This prompt analyzing a passage from the novel, The Gods of Tango. There are different outlines and clusters with samples from information from the selection of the novel to assist students.
Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, World and American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
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