Romance Sonámbulo por Federico García Lorca

I love Federico García Lorca’s poem “Romance Sonámbulo.”  I have used it in Spanish IV class several times, but the students need a lot of scaffolding to understand it.  I color code the poem so that the students can separate the narration and the dialog.  I also have to give them quite a bit of vocabulary.  I think I could do a better job with introducing the vocabulary before or while we read so they could get it in a contextualized way rather than my telling them in English what the words mean.  I could still use this poem with the new IB format with the theme of Cultural Diversity.

I use this poem as a springboard for talking about Gypsies in Spain and the region of Andalucía.  We read a Scholastic magazine article called “Boda Gitana” and answer comprehenstion questions similar to what my students would see on the IB exam.  Scholastic has another article called “Los nuevos gitanos.” I could also use the poem to talk about the Spanish Civil War, as García Lorca was one of the first casualties.   Flamenco could be a topic, as well.  We listen to some music from the Gypsy Kings for ambiance.

I like to have the students read “The Highwayman” in English by Alfred Noyes to compare with “Romance Sonámbulo.”  I have them fill out a Venn digram in Spanish to compare the two poems. Here are also questions in Spanish about “The Highwayman.”

http://tinyurl.com/md3khgh

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/course/course2/pdfs/7qc607s.pdf 

Here is my glossed version of the poem with different colors for the narration and the speakers:  ROMANCE SONÁMBULO

Online resources about the poem:

http://literaturaele.wikispaces.com/ROMANCE+SON%C3%81MBULO+(LORCA)

http://spanlit.wikispaces.com/Romance+SonAmbulo (be sure to open the Word document)

In-depth information about the poem for the teacher:

http://cvc.cervantes.es/literatura/cauce/pdf/cauce26/cauce26_03.pdf

Information about the aljibe (cistern for collecting rain water):

http://servicios.laverdad.es/murcia_agua/cap4.2.htm

http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200603/the.art.and.science.of.water.htm

Vocabulary practice:

http://quizlet.com/5584344/romance-sonambulo-flash-cards/ (Spanish definitions)

Audio with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJUZCU6W1uI

Interview with a gitano, not easy to understand, but uses a lot of descriptive adjectives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQrkNM_vgXY

Some documents that I downloaded in pdf format but cannot find their original websites:

verde te quiero verde lesson (geared for elementary, I think, but interesting)

gitanos readings (might be good for jigsaw reading, as it is divided into 5 short texts)

I taught the poem again this year to my heritage Spanish speakers, and I learned more about the poem that helped me to understand it more than before.

Information about the bandoleros in Spain, particularly in Andalucía http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandolerismo

Simbolism in Lorca’s writing http://www.slideshare.net/mvaldesr/lorca-smbolos

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4 Responses to Romance Sonámbulo por Federico García Lorca

  1. Mima says:

    Gracias por está información. Me ayudó mucho.

  2. daniella says:

    garcia lorca es un buen poeta❤

  3. christina says:

    ¡Igual! Me ha ayudado mucho. ¡Gracias!

  4. docstopp says:

    Great series of ideas and resources linked to this poem. Will be very useful to me for work with an A2 student. Thanks a lot!

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