Dr. Simpsons Faustus (…2…)


  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: I will read and understand The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus and Faust, and consider the similarities and differences in the two interpretations.

Activator: Bart Sells His Soul

Work Session: So, today we’re learning about a niftyfun play called Dr. Faustus. It’s about a guy who sells his soul to the devil. No, seriously, it is! And after reading Dante’s Inferno, I bet you all can guess that that’s not really such a good idea.

We’re going to start out the day with a Dr. Faustus spoof from The Simpsons, an episode in which Bart sells his soul to Millhouse for 5 bucks. Again with the not so much a good idea, right?

After we watch The Simpsons, we’re going to read Faust from our textbook on page 851. I want you guys to partner up, choose one partner to be Faust and one to be Mephistopheles, and read the play aloud to each other. When you finish, you’ll flip to page 867, keep your same parts and readThe Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. When you’ve finished with both, I would like you to write a summary for me.

  • Write one paragraph that summarizes what happens in the two plays.
  • Write one paragraph that lists the similarities and differences in the two versions you read. You can consider such things as language, characters, plot, and so forth.
  • Hand your summary into me when you’re done, and yes, you will be graded!

Tomorrow and Wednesday is your FINAL EXAM!!!!!!

Differentiation: Learning style, modernization

Assessment: Writing will be graded

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