AP Spanish students recently read an adapted prose version of the epic poem "Poema del mío Cid" and compared it to the original verse. Students each chose a character from the poem and created a shield with emblems to represent important events and character traits of the person. The shields were painted on ceiling tiles and students gave an oral presentation describing the character and shield. These tiles will remain in the Spanish classroom for students to view for years to come.
"Poema del mío Cid" is considered to be the first great work of Spanish literature and differs from other European epic poems in that it describes the heroic life of a real man, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, who lived from 1040-1099. The poem was retold by memory until written down in 1140.