Guernica!

Standard: 

  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

Learning Target: I will examine Guernica by Pablo Picasso and begin reading our anchor text, Animal Farm.

Opening Session:  Pablo Picasso, an artist we are going to be looking at today, at work:

Work Session: First on the agenda for today, we’re going to view a really famous painting by Pablo Picasso. I’m not going to tell you anything about it. I just want you to look at it for thirty seconds and think…and then we’re going to write. I’m going to play a song while we write which has the same title as this painting, Guernica. I’ll give you until the song finishes to write your reaction to this picture.

  • What do you think this is a painting of?
  • Why do you think Picasso painted it?
  • What does this represent?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • What do you think this painting says about the time period when it was painted?
  • What do you think would be a good title for this painting?

There! Okay, here is the painting…

Now that you guys have written about the picture, we’re going to read an article about the bombing of Guernica. While we read this, we’re going to mark it up with a reading strategy called margin marking. Here’s the skinny:

  • Put a * next to anything you think would be worth discussing with the class. (3)
  • Put a ? next to anything that confuses you or that you have questions about. (2)
  • Put a ! next to any statement with which you strongly agree. (1)
  • Put a X next to any statement with which you strongly disagree.(1)

After we do our margin marking, we’re going to discuss what needs discussing and see where we all fall.

Once we finish talking about the painting, we’re going to start reading Animal Farm! Our goal today is to get through chapters 1-3. We’ll be listening to the audio version in class to start off easy 🙂

If you’re reading from home or ISS, here is the full story:

After we finish those chapters, if there’s time, I want you guys to write a short paragraph anticipating what will happen next. At this point in the story, the animals have rebelled and are starting to put their principles of Animalism to full effect.

Closing Session: Ticket out the door — answer these questions:

1. Why do the pigs get the milk and apples?

2. What happened to the puppies that were born right after the revolution started?

3. Do you think the farmhouse will be forever preserved as a museum, and if not, what will become of it?

Assessment: Formative assessment of Guernica brain-dump writing, ticket out the door collection.

Differentiation: Learning style – visual/auditory interpretations of Guernica; Process: annotated version of the article provided as needed; Process: listening to the audiobook, high level readers can read independently.

Leave a Reply

© Mrs. Bristow's Literature Classes