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.
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.