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This lesson encourages students to write a poetry analysis essay.
Students learn about the poem, “The Starry Night,” by Anne Sexton and Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, The Starry Night.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to understand the theme of starry nights. 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 central text is the essay is the poem, “The Starry Night.” The long video used are, THE TED TALK Look Up for a Change by Lucianne Walkowicz” & The TED TALK, “Triumphant failure: Van Gogh's guide to success | Caitlin Waugh | TEDxLakeTravisHigh. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing to Vincent Van Gogh. The students will be viewing and reading an interview on making the film, “Loving Vincent” and on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on The New Yorker Magazine article, “Why Do Filmmakers Love Van Gogh?” by Anthony Lane. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a poetry analysis on the poem and painting.
These five daily 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 support for the rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.