World Lit: Dante Circle 4: Greed


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature. Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will understand circle 4 of Dante’s Inferno and how the punishment fits the law of symbolic retribution; I will participate in a collaborative discussion with my classmates about greed.

Opening Session
Today we’re studying greed – the avaricious and prodigal, or in other words, those who hoard (keep everything) and those who squander (waste everything). We’re going to start out with a Shmoop summary of this circle, since we aren’t reading it out of the book. Next, we are going to have a little debate!!

Work Session
You may have noticed that the desks are in rows that face each other with an aisle between you. Today we’re going to have a stone throwing debate! Because the punishment in circle 4 is to push giant rocks into one another, you’re going to be doing something similar with your papers. I’ve got a sheet with 5 questions on it for each of you. You’re going to have 5 minutes to write on any one of the questions. Then, you’re going to crumble up your paper and throw it at the person across from you, just like the sinners in circle 4 did. When you get the paper your partner throws at you, unfold it, and you’ll have 5 minutes to either write about a new question OR respond to your partner’s

We will swap papers 4 times. After that, you should find your own paper, flatten it out, and you can respond to what everyone else wrote and get the last word. Then it’s time to turn them in!

Closing Session
Ticket out the door – choose your poster activity for the day and complete it, then hang it on the board.

Formative (TOTD, class discussions)

Process (guided notes); Product (choice of poster activity)

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