This whole starting on a Wednesday thing is pretty cool. I could get used to the 6-day weekend!
Standard: RL.9-10.3. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Learning Target: Students will write a rough draft of their Dante’s Inferno essay.
Activator: Finishing the Dante’s Inferno video from last Wednesday!
Today we’re going to be drafting our ESSAY for this unit! I know, right? Here’s the prompt:
Dante’s Argumentative Essay!
We all know that in Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius killed Julius Caesar, and they didn’t feel very guilty about it. But when Brutus and Cassius turn up in Dante’s Inferno, we see they have received the worst possible punishment – alongside Judas Iscariot, Brutus and Cassius are being gnawed on by Satan himself. Did Brutus and Cassius deserve what they got? Was their sin of backstabbing Caesar as bad as Judas’s sin of backstabbing Jesus? Are they really the WORST people that have ever lived? Are the traitors against their masters really the worst sinners of all? Why did Dante choose to put these two people in the deepest depths of hell?
In a well-developed essay of 750 words, you should examine Dante’s choice of punishment for Brutus and Cassius, answering all of the questions above.
- 750 words
- 2 quotes from each Dante’s Inferno and Julius Caesar
- MLA Format (heading, name and page numbers, parenthetical citations, formal language [no slang, contractions, or profanity], no 1st person [I, me, my, we, us, our, or you])
- Must be an argumentative essay – do not forget to make a claim, back it up, and include a counterargument!
- Due date: Friday, October 11th.
I know I’m not giving you guys a huge amount of time to work on this big essay, but we are going to have all day in class to draft and then all day Friday in the lab to finish up. And let’s be honest, if I gave you a week and a half, would you actually use the extra time?
Probably not 🙂 I know you guys.