This packet includes:
-a bio of Frida Kahlo that includes pictures of her, Diego Rivera, and the works of art mentioned in the bio
-two pages that show a variety of her artwork
-44 questions that include a description of the assignment's purpose, go in order with the bio, and ask students to react to the artwork and explain their thoughts about it
This packet is great for a sub day because it's all in English, so a sub doesn't need to speak Spanish to lead the class. The questions go in order, and it's self-explanatory, so the kids can handle it on their own. Most of the questions are factual, but some of them require students to consider the artwork, say whether or not they like it and why, or what they think it says about the artist. It requires some higher-level thinking, evidence, and justification.
I used this packet with grades 6-8, and it worked well for all ages. It's so helpful to only need one lesson plan for the whole day! When I used this, I took the pictures from the last two pages of the article, blew each of them up to 8 1/2 x 11, printed them in color, and put them on the board so that everyone could see them a bit larger. I made a class set of the bio with the paintings and had all classes use them throughout the day. Not all kids like Kahlo's work, but her life is dramatic, and the paintings are interesting. (Just a heads-up: it does mention that Frida and Diego had affairs during their marriage which led to their divorce, but it's not graphic at all.)
This packet is great for a sub day because it fulfills a cultural standard, is simple for a sub and engaging for kids, and is easy for you to put together!