I won’t lie to you…


  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can understand circle 8 of Dante’s Inferno by analyzing the theme of symbolic retribution in my area of the circle; I can summarize my ring of circle 8 for my classmates.

Opening Session: Dante’s Inferno – “Oh, Hell!” summary video! 

Work Session: Welcome to CIRCLE 8: FRAUD! We are almost done, y’all!!

So, in circle 8, we see 10 different types of sinners, all variations of fraud, all punished in different ways. You might have noticed the desks are in 10 groups? You’re going to draw a card from my box to be randomly assigned to a group. Your group’s job is to explain who the sinners in your bolgia are, what their sin was, and what their punishment is. Here’s the skinny:

You must include the following information:

  • What are the sinners in your circle called?
  • What is the definition of that word?
  • What is the punishment?
  • How does this show the law of symbolic retribution (the punishment fits the crime)?

You will make a poster with this information on it and present your findings to the class. You’re going to need to include words, illustrations, paragraphs, graffiti, etc. to really show what’s going on in your circle. We’ll hang these posters up outside in the hallway when we’re done with them!!

Good luck!

Closing Session: Collaborative poster activity ticket out the door!

Differentiation: Readiness (group work); product (any presentation option); learning style (visual, kinesthetic, auditory).

Assessment: Presentations will be assessed.

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