In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis

In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
In Search of Duende: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
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This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis essay.

Students learn about Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem, Romance Sonambulo and the concept of Duende.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to establish the argument on the theme of Duende. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SIFT Analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.

The central text is the essay is “Theory and Play Of The Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca. The TED TALKS used are, “Searching for Duende” by Carla Dirlikov & “Flamenco, a Cultural Collective, a Gateway to Duende” by Paula Sullivan. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the Duende. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing to Paula Ortiz, Spanish director of “The Bride.” The students will be reading an interview with Paula Ortiz, Spanish director of the film, The Bride and on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on The New York Times drama review, “Review: ‘There’s Blood at the Wedding’ Keeps Outrage Alive Onstage,” by Ken Jaworowski The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for Theory and Play Of The Duende,” by Federico Garcia Lorca.

There is an opportunity to complete an audience analysis on The Chicago Tribune theater review, “Lookingglass' 'Blood Wedding' can't get by on good looks alone,” written by Chris Jones. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for a rhetorical analysis on a passage from, Theory and Play Of The Duende,” by Federico Garcia Lorca. There are two sample essays scored with commentary by a College Board scorer on the AP English exam.

These seven daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, 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.


There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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34 pages
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Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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