Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument

Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
Genius: Picasso: Practice with Argument
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This lesson encourages students to qualifying an argument.

Students learn about Pablo Picasso’s genius and rebellious spirit.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about rebellion being necessary to change society for good. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The central texts are The National Geographic article “How Picasso’s Journey From Prodigy to Icon Revealed a Genius,” by Claudia Kalb & “Modern rebel - Pablo Picasso,” by Chris Nineham. The National Geographic miniseries- Genius: Picasso Episode 1, The Modern Masters Picasso (no viewing guide), and The Power of Art documentary on Picasso and Guernuca are used in the resource, with viewing guides/answer keys. Links to different audios and videos showing the themes of Picasso’s art and rebellion are available. There is a narrative writing opportunity about how Antonio Banderas or Alex Rich prepared for the role of Picasso. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in a text/video of Picasso’s, Night Fishing at Antibes. There are lessons on Picasso’s breakthrough with Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and with cubism. There are several videos related to Guernica. All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the argument prompt on the 2016 AP English Language exam.

These six 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.


There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.



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35 pages
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