World Lit: Circle 2, Lust


  • 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
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 characters from The Iliad who are in Circle II (Paris, Helen, and Achilles).

Opening Session
Classics Summarized: Dante’s Inferno

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!

One of the interesting things about Dante’s Inferno is that he puts a bunch of famous historical and literary figures into the story. As we’re reading, you might recognize a couple names – specifically, do Paris, Helen, and Achilles sound familiar? I want you to consider the placement of those three characters in Hell. After we finish reading, get out a sheet of paper for me. I want you to write three paragraphs – one for each Paris, Helen, and Achilles. For each of them, answer the following:

  1. Do you think this character belongs in Circle 2 (Lust) of Hell?
  2. If yes, why? If no, why not AND where would be a better place for them?
  3. Why do you think Dante chose to put them in this specific circle of Hell?

Get your three paragraphs done, turn them in, and then complete your poster activity for the day!

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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