The House of Bernarda Alba, written by Federico Garcia Lorca is his last play, and it was written two months before he was assassinated by Francisco Franco’s men. It is still taught to millions of students each year, including students who take the AP Spanish Literature exam. The focus of these lessons is the play translated into English. These lessons focus on the beginning of the play, when the servant working for Bernarda Alba chases off a beggar only to be chased off herself by Bernarda Alba. Then, Bernarda addresses the women of the town in her house. The play section, a link to a dramatic reading in audio of an English language version set in Savannah, GA is available, film clips from YouTube, NPR stories on Franco’s Spain, and a comparison of the British and Spanish film version is provided. This is a compliment to teaching the play, as it serves as a good place to start teaching the play. It can also work independently of teaching the play. An assessment essay in an AP English Literature essay style on a passage analysis is provided, as are two student samples scored by an experience AP English reader for the College Board.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Literature, AP Spanish Literature, World Literature, drama, Federico Garcia Lorca, theme, Socratic Seminar, Nathalie Handal, death, repression, Francisco Franco, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Spain, Spanish Civil War