Ernesto “Che” Guevara: ¿Héroe revolucionario?

After my students watch the film “Diarios de motocicleta” I want them to debate Che Guevara’s place in history. Here are the resources I found so far for planning the post-viewing activities.

che-guevara-el-negocio

The film paints a more positive, idealistic impression of Che, so I looked online for resources that would show a more critical view of him. I found an article and comprehension questions that a teacher created for the article. In the interest of time, I might shorten the article.

http://verdaderoche.blogspot.com/2007/10/che-guevara-hroe-o-verdugo.html

http://goblues.org/faculty/flemingc/files/2014/09/Heroe-o-Verdugo-preguntas1.pdf

This is a unit of study about heroes, and Che Guevara is included.

https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/vkahan-espanol/ap-los-heroes—enlaces-interpretativos

What I find very interesting and hope to have time to do both are a song and a poem that speak positively of Che.

The song by Víctor Jara and is called “Zamba del Che.” Here are the lyrics and the audio:

https://www.letras.com/victor-jara/1072376/

The poem about Che Guevara was written by Nicolás Guillén, which surprised me; it never entered my mind that Nicolás Guillén witnessed the Cuban Revolution. It does make sense since he passed away in 1989. Theh poem is called “Che Comandante.” Here is the poem with an audio of Nicolás Guillén reading it.

http://www.palabravirtual.com/index.php?ir=ver_voz1.php&wid=2006&t=t=Che+Comandante&p=Nicol%E1s+Guill%E9n&o=Nicol%E1s+Guill%E9n

Finally, I have one more song that I want to add in order to critically examine Che’s role in the history of Latin America. It is called “Mc Guevaras o Che Donalds” by Kevin Johansen. Here are the lyrics and the music video:

http://www.semanariohispanico.com/2013/05/kevin-johansen-mc-guevaras-o-che.html

What I have left to do is write questions for the songs and poem to not only check for understanding, but also lead students to evaluate the opposing points of view

This web page has several lessons relating to Che Guevara; one has a rubric for an argumentative essay about Che. I think I will do more of an oral debate in Socratic seminar style. http://pier.macmillan.yale.edu/lesson-plans-5

Just about every time I research a topic for class, I stumble upon other topics that could be made into lessons. This time Víctor Jara and his compelling story caught my attention, and led me to a topic called the Chilean New Song Movement. Maybe someday I can get lessons together, but if the topic interests you, the yale.edu site I mentioned above has a lesson plan, and Smithsonian Folkways has a lesson at http://www.folkways.si.edu/latin-american-protest-songs-new-song-of-chile-and-cuba/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

 

 

 

 

 

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