The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo is an iconic book and series of films that have been woven into the consciousness of America. The lesson focuses on the chapter where Vito Corleone flees the violence of his native Sicily and arrives at the turn of the 20th Century New York. The prose sections, guiding questions, summarizing opportunities, a link to the professional audio book excerpt matching the text, film clips from YouTube, and a viewing guide for the section of Godfather 2 where the scene in set in the early part of the century is available.
These lessons examine the arguments for a life of adversity and overcoming obstacles. Students will view two different segments from Ric Burns’s film on New York where they can compare the struggles of immigrants coming to New York at the same time as the fictional Vito Corleone. This lesson is perfect for teaching an immigrant unit that matches American History and American Literature courses around 1900. It can also be taught independent of this and just be taught as an engaging reading activity.
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. An assessment essay from the 2009 AP English Language essay Question #3 on adversity is used which also has links to a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Language, fiction, Mario Puzo, argument, Socratic Seminar, immigration, crime, American Literature, fiction, The Godfather, Vito Corleone, Francis Ford Coppola