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Abandon Every Hope…

Standard: RL.9-10.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail 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: Students will read the first half of Dante’s Inferno from the textbook, and examine their ideas of ethics and morals on a value line.

Activator: Dante’s Inferno Trailer

Today we’re going to kick it off by watching that really cool trailer up there, and THEN….we get to take notes :(

Oh, shut up. Sometimes I have to tell you stuff before I can teach you other stuff. It’s like in an introductory paragraph where you tell me what you’re going to tell me. So I guess I could start out my notes by saying “In this unit I will tell you…”

…except we don’t use phrases like that, do we? HAH!

Anyway, we’re going to take some notes over ethical paradigms. Do we know what a paradigm is? 


  1. A typical example or pattern of something; a model.
  2. A worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject.

In our case, we’re talking about the second one – the worldview bit. I’m going to teach you about four ethical dilemmas – we all know the difference in right and wrong, but what if our options are right and right?

And to illustrate the point, we’re going to play with a value line! That means standing up and moving across the room :)

That’s today, guys! Everyone enjoy!