Teachers: Inspired by both a song (sung by Don McLean) about Van Gogh as well as a poem written by Tupac Shakur, students will be inspired to research an artist with an interesting life and style of work. Students will research the artist they have chosen, highlighting words that really represent the person and his/her art. Students will craft a "found poem" that explores a theme about the artist they have chosen. Click here to see the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait for this activity is idea development; students will find a theme in a famous artist's life story and paintings, and they will create a poem that focuses on that theme. The support trait is word choice; to create a found poem, students will need to focus in on interesting words from text they have read, and then they need to include just as interesting words in their original poems.