Vincent van Gogh - Lesson Plan

Vincent van Gogh - Lesson Plan

DAY 1 – 5 Discussion Page - Biography of Vincent van Gogh


  1. Read Chapters 1-3; 4-7; 8-10; 11-13; 14-15

  2. Write the theme here:

  3. Write 4 facts and 4 opinions from the story here:

Facts Opinions
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2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.



DAY 1: Briefly summarize the early part of Vincent’s career.

DAY 2: Once van Gogh decided to become an artist, who or what influenced his work?

DAY 3: How did Vincent’s paintings change after he moved to the South of France?

DAY 4: Describe what van Gogh created during the last months of his life?

DAY 5: Write your thoughts about what it must have been like for Vincent to paint canvases which no one wanted to buy during his lifetime.


Write details about the people and events in the story, Vincent van Gogh.

Theo van Gogh Helping mining families in Belgium
Jean-François Millet Learning from Japanese prints
Paul Gauguin
Life in the Saint-Rémy hospital
Joseph Roulin family Painting in Auvers


Complete the sentence below and write your essay here:

Vincent van Gogh is a story based on


Complete the quiz below. Write your answers from the information you read about Vincent van Gogh.


  1. What was Vincent’s course of study, during his early years, and why didn’t that work for him?

  2. How did van Gogh discover that he wanted to become an artist?

  3. What did Vincent learn from studying Japanese prints?

  4. How did van Gogh’s choice of colors change from his early paintings to his later works?

  5. Who is the subject of van Gogh’s “bandaged ear” painting, and how did that incident occur?

  6. What was the state of Vincent’s health when he created "Starry Night," one of his most famous paintings?

  7. What can we learn about Vincent from his self-portraits?

  8. Describe one of the paintings featured in chapter 12.

  9. Why do you think Vincent was unable to sell his paintings to support himself?

  10. What is your favorite van Gogh painting, and what makes it special to you?



ANSWER KEYS - Vincent van Gogh







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