World Lit: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

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 can analyze a particular point of view regarding a cultural experience expressed in literature and art.

Opening Session: Check out this video from PBS America, a clip from The Life and Times of Frida

Work Session: Okay, let’s dive into this excerpt from the biography of Frida Kahlo! As we read, you’re going to use metacognitive markers to mark the text:

  • put a ? when you have a question
  • put an ! when you have a strong reaction to something in the text
  • put a * when you have comment to make
  • underline any key ideas or details

After we go over this and talk about where we marked things, we are going to check out some artwork by Frida Kahlo. This painting is called Self-Portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States.

We’ll examine this painting using the OPTIC strategy! I’m just full of strategies today! OPTIC stands for

  • Overview: Write notes on what the visual appears to be about
  • Parts: Zoom in on the parts of the visual and describe any elements or details that seem important
  • Title: Highlight the title if you can
  • Interrelationships: Use the title as the theory and the parts of the visual as clues to detect and specify how the elements of the graphic are related
  • Conclusion: Draw a conclusion about the visual as a whole. What does the visual mean? Summarize the message of the visual in 1-2 sentences

After we discuss the painting, I want you to flip in your book back to page 35 and work on the Second Read questions. Remember that you should flip back to the text while answering these questions!

Closing Session: Let’s end the day with a book talk – I’ll share what I’m reading now, and I’d love to hear from one or two of you guys as well!

Assessment: Informal – class discussion, check of Second Read questions

Differentiation: Learning style (painting versus text); Process (scaffolded questions)

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