World Lit: Circle 8, Fraud


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia
  • 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
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 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. Georgia
  • ELAGSE9-10RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.) Georgia
  • 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
  • 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). Georgia

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!

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.

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!

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

Formative (presentations, posters, collaborative poster activity)

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