Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Poem of the Cid ~ El Poema del Mio Cid

What's Schoolin'?

The olders and I are currently reading the Blackburn translation of Poema de Mio Cid (or Canto de Mio Cid or Poema del Cid): Poem of the Cid.  You could roughly think of it as the Spanish Lit equivalent of Song of Roland.

We were doing it as a read-aloud and noting things on a chart such as characters, etc.  Somehow that wasn't quite going as smoothly as I anticipated due to the fact that once school started we seemed to not be at home at lunchtime as much!  Therefore, it has transitioned to independent reading with them completing the charts we started together.  That is actually a great approach - I just wish I had actually planned it that way!

Anyway... I thought it would be nice to look at what others are doing to teach that classic, classic, classic piece of world lit.  There is not very much out there for this study.  Here are a few resources I found online:

A short essay that could be used as an example.  There are other resources on the side bar and the themes looked especially promising but you have to be a subscriber for the entire content.

This is a longer essay (and complete) from enotes that we will read after they have explored and discussed themes and before writing their essays.

Here are a few essay topics:

After El Cid we will quickly explore the first picaresque novel Lazarillo de Tormes as we move into Don Quixote.

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