Contemporary Latin American Fiction

Clap When You Land (Pages 321-417)

Entry Questions

Instructions:

Pick one question and one person to report back.

.What things happen in the Dominican Republic that allow Yahaira and Camino to bond and what are some of the tensions between them?  

.How do they deal with acknowledging the privileges that many times come with living, studying, and making money in the diaspora? 

.Describe Zoila’s process of reflection regarding Camino and her rights as Yano’s daughter?

Oral/slide presentations

Tavera,Loida Stelli

Tellez,Anthony

Thakur,Priya D

Lind,Donna

Joseph,Matthew

Wrapping Up

Describe how Elizabeth Acevedo uses the last confrontation with El Cero as a battle between women and patriarchal violence. (Pages 384-390)

What is the novel’s final conceptualization of (the mother)land? (Pages 416-117)

Extra-credit opportunity with a 250-word reflection:

Asynchronous Blog Post on Clap When You Land (Pages 321-417)

ASYNCHRONOUS BLOG POST Deadline: 10/25 before the class.

Instructions:

In the comment section down below answer ONE of the following prompts (2oo-word minimum).

OPTION ONE

Discuss the development and complexity of Camino and Yahaira’s relationship during their days together in the Dominican Republic.

OPTION TWO

Reflect on the topics down below and elaborate on how the author, Elizabeth Acevedo, approach (ONE of) them in this third section of the novel:

.Camino’s search for reparations

.Yahaira’s immersion in the Dominican culture

.Zoila (Yahaira’s mother) emotional transformation

.Funerary/ spiritual rites

OPTION THREE

The final confrontation with El Cero generates an alliance of all the women in the story. Examine the strengths of each character and their distinct defense against masculinist violence.

OPTION FOUR

Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about these pages (321-417) from Clap When You Land do you want to bring into the discussion?

Clap When You Land (Pages 219-230)

Entry Questions

Pick and complete ONE sentence. Fill in the blank:

1. As a reader, the fact that the novel is written in verse______________.

2. In Clap When You Land queer identities are_____________.

3. In the novel, masculinities are_____________.

4. As a queen in chess, Yahaira shows strenght, resourcefulness and determination when_________.

5. Camino wants to defend her_________.

Re-cap

Clap When You Land is a novel-in-verse that explores the complications and intricacies of love, mourning, family, and sisterhood. As a social backdrop, the reader discovers issues of poverty, access to health care, neocolonialism through tourism and the taking of the Caribbean coastline, and the statelessness of the Haitian population in the Dominican Republic. The novel tells the story of Camino and Yahaira, two sisters who discover one another after the death of their father in a tragic plane accident. Dealing with family secrets, omissions, and lies, they learn the truth about their father, themselves, and each other throughout the book.

Oral/slide presentations

Ramrup,Uma D

Salas,Alan

Sasunov,Samuel

Sisterhood

Small-Group Discussions

Sibling relationships can be complicated, especially when you don’t come up together. In Clap When You LandCamino and Yahaira aren’t instant social media friends.  They have reservations about each other. 

.What secrets did each sister have that the other didn’t know?

.What makes them go through with their secret plan of reunification?

Asynchronous Blog Post on Clap When You Land (Pages 219-320)

ASYNCHRONOUS BLOG POST Deadline: 10/18 before the class.

Instructions:

In the comment section down below answer ONE of the following prompts (2oo-word minimum).

OPTION ONE

Analyze the social media intrigue between Camino and Yahaira. How does the internet foreground their encounter but also the tensions between them?

OPTION TWO

Discuss how chess and the ocean become rhetorical concepts to analyze Yahaira and Camino’s state of mind respectively and to reflect on their relationship with Yano (Papi).

OPTION THREE

Reflect on the topics down below and elaborate on how the author, Elizabeth Acevedo, approach (ONE of) them in this third section of the novel:

.The marginalization of Haitians in the Dominican Republic

.Mother-daughter relationships

.Troubled sisterhood

.Physical and abstract remains (re: Papi)

.The return to the airport

OPTION FOUR

Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about these pages (219-320) from Clap When You Land do you want to bring into the discussion?

Clap When You Land (Pages 116-218)

Entry Question

What topics from the texts we have discussed during the first half of the semester would you like to see included in the midterm? Would you like to propose a question?

Clap When You Land

Discuss how do Yahaira and Camino’s sense of space is reduced by their common and particular tragedies? In what spaces do they feel protected or understood? In what spaces do they feel threatened? How does the other sister’s space become a desire?

Compare these elements of space in the novel

mud and sand|subway and emergency staircase

Oral/slide presentations

Lind,Donna

Lowe,Stefan E

 

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