Are you looking for fresh, exciting, contemporary literature in the classroom AND having students NOT being able to rush to Sparknotes as a substitute for reading? The play “Red” won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Drama. Using John Logan’s drama, based on the painter Mark Rothko, students will read and employ important literary themes, while close reading and annotating the text. The play can be read in a class period by your students, or you can access the links to the audio version or view the play on YouTube.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for analyzing the theme of chaos and order in Marth Rothko’s painting and John Logan’s play. The resource features an original prompt based on analyzing the theme of order and chaos in the play. An excerpt from Simon Schama’s, The Power of Art, focusing on Mark Rothko is provided as well as a lecture by Christopher Rothko, the artist’s son speaking at Saint Louis University.
Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Mark Rothko, John Logan, Art History annotations, Drama, chaos and order, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom