This short level 3/4 reading about Frida highlights some of the most important aspects of her life. It's called "Arte sin límites" because Frida's artwork transcended the visual arts world and became a symbol for feminists, as well as for people whose physical limitations could have curtailed their talents. This is what amazed me about Frida, and propelled me to dust off this resource that I created long ago for my students.
To help students visualize different parts of Frida's life, paintings, that correspond with the text have been included. This resource included the following:
1. Preguntas initiales
These are questions about the artwork in general to prime students and get them thinking about the purpose of art. These questions can be used as writing prompts, or pre-discussion. In fact, teachers can pose a question every day to students, or have them discuss the questions in groups. These questions also go beyond the scope of art and ask about the function of art and it's value for society.
2. Citas y frases de Frida
Frida had so many inspirational sayings! A selected number of quotes have been included. Students simply read the quotes and then respond to three questions. The questions include a personal connection to at least one of the quotes.
3. Arte sin límites text
This text is broken down into 5 sections:
- Nació una artista revolucionaria -students will learn valuable details about her birth and family.
- La vida de Frida - students will learn details about family and schooling; hardships while growing up.
- No hay mal que por bien no venga- students will learn about the infamous accident that made her as tough as steel; they will also learn about her intellectual pursuits
- La gota que rebosó la copa- tudents will learn about her tumultuous life with Diego Rivera.
- Una mujer sin etiqueta- students will learn about how Frida continued to shine in the face of adversity.
4. Comprehension questions
Students will respond to questions based on the article.
5. Art analysis activity.
Student looks at one of her paintings and respond to the questions below.
If you are interested in learning about Frida's life, here are the books I have that guided me in piecing this resource.
Del Conde, Teresa. Frida Kahlo: La pintora y mito. Segunda edición.
Random House Mondadori, 2004.
Hardin, Terri. “Frida Kahlo: A Modern Master.” New Line
Tibol, Raquel. Frida Kahlo en su luz más íntima. Segunda edición.
Random House Mondadori, 2005.