Wednesdays of the Flesh


  • 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: I will understand how circle 2 in Dante’s Inferno shows the law of symbolic retribution, and I will analyze Dante’s perspective on the lovers Paolo and Francesca, who are trapped in that circle of Hell.

Activator: Classics Summarized: Dante’s Inferno! This is a good summary and some background information in case you missed what we talked about yesterday… or forgot 😉

Work Session: Welcome to day 2 of the Inferno, everyone! Today we’re going to be finishing reading Canto III, then following it up with Canto V. In other words, yesterday we talked about circle 1: Limbo, and today we are talking about circle 2: Lust. Yep, that’s right ladies and gents, today it’s sins of the flesh!

After we finish reading, we’re going to read this article about Paolo and Francesca and annotate it as we go (woah!! Annotations!). These two lovers are swept together in Hell for all eternity. It’s a sad story! Now, a question, for your ticket out the door: You all read Romeo and Juliet in 9th lit. Do you think those two lovers, like Paolo and Francesca, are here in circle 2 of Hell?

Ponder on that one! Tomorrow we discuss circle 3: Gluttony!

Closing Session: Do your TOTD closing activity from the collaborative poster sheet I gave you yesterday (see the post below this one!).

Assessment: Annotations will be formatively checked, TOTDs will be graded at the end of the unit.

Differentiation: Process (splitting the class, highlighters given for annotations as needed, partner work options, student choice on TOTD)

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