The Starry Night by Anne Sexton and Vincent Van Gogh: Practice with Poetry/Art

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
Standards
Formats Included
  • PDF
Pages
24 pages
$5.00
$5.00
Share this resource

Learning Objective

Students will read, listen to, and view supporting text, video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to understand the theme of starry nights citing Vincent Van Gogh's painting and Anne Sexton's poem.

Description

Perhaps the most recognized painting in history after Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Poet Anne Sexton captures Van Gogh's masterpiece with these words, "The night boils with eleven stars. Oh, starry night!"

This lesson encourages students to write a poetry analysis essay.

  • Students will read, listen to, and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to understand Starry Nights' theme.
  • Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SIFT Analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.
  • The extended videos linked to in the lesson are the TED TALK "Look Up for a Change" by Lucianne Walkowicz and the TED TALK, "Triumphant failure: Van Gogh's guide to success" by Caitlin Waugh.
  • There is a short paragraph writing opportunity to write to Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Students will be viewing and reading an interview on making the film, "Loving Vincent" and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete an evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos.
  • There is a lesson on the rhetorical situation in The New Yorker Magazine article, "Why Do Filmmakers Love Van Gogh?" by Anthony Lane.
  • These five art lesson plans 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 support for the rhetorical analysis.
  • The packet includes essential and key questions.
  • A rhetorical analysis writing/discussion prompt, including resources, helps teach the rhetorical analysis.

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

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.

Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Reviews

Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up