The relationship between the great Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera has been celebrated through film, documentary, letters, biography, poetry and fiction. This lesson includes a passage by contemporary novelist Kate Braverman who uses Frida Kahlo’s voice as she is looking back at her life from her death bed. This lesson employs a prompt applicable to AP English Literature or Language, Pre-AP English or even a class studying art. The students will write on the importance of legacy.
The resource includes author-made video clips with captions and commentary, links to movie clips to the film Frida, with instruction on how to apply these to the passage. Also included is an AP-style writing prompt, scored student samples with commentary from an experienced AP reader and a quiz designed to teach students to recognize particular rhetorical strategies in a text.
Key words: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, art, Mexico, The Incantation of Frida K, Kate Braverman, AP English Literature, AP English Language, World Literature, World History, writing, argument