(From a recent NPR review) 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.
Are you looking for fresh, exciting, contemporary literature in the classroom AND having students NOT being able to rush to Sparknotes as a substitute for reading?
Using an excerpt from Carolina De Robertis' novel, The Gods of Tango, students will read and employ important literary themes and writer’s techniques, while close reading and annotating the text. Students will view many supporting video clips. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. Students will view commentary (clipped or entirely) from a recent Carolina De Robertis' book talk. There is writing prompt available, rubric, student samples, sample graphic organizers, sample thesis statements, and scored notes from a College Board AP English website.
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. The Socratic seminar acts as a drama exploration. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources. All three lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure.
Key words: American Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, dance, gender politics, Tango, AP Literature, critical thinking, Carolina De Robertis, annotations, fiction, Argentina, South America