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Musical Hell!

Are you ready for a little musical interlude?


  • 9-10.7. Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).

Learning Target: I will analyze the representations of the sins punished in Dante’s Inferno as they are presented in modern music.

Activator: Think of a song that represents Hell to you….. What circle? Let’s see the ones I came up with

Work Session: Your test is TOMORROW!!!! So today we are going to do a little review game, where I play a song and you match the song to the circle of Hell. A couple things to remember:

  • I do not care about you knowing exactly what circle is what sin.
  • I care that you know what the sins ARE – not you can list them, but you know what the words MEAN.
  • I care that you understand the law of symbolic retribution (the punishment fits the crime).
  • I do not care if you memorize what Dante’s punishments are for each individual sin.
  • I do not care if you memorize the orders of the circles.
  • I DO care if you know the difference in greed and gluttony, in wrath and violence, in lust and betrayal.

In other words, I don’t want you to MEMORIZE the text, but I DO want you to understand it. Capisce?

Excellent 🙂 Let’s listen to some music!

After we finish listening to these 9 songs, I want you to flip your sheet over. On the back is a place for you to come up with your own 9 songs for the inferno. Warning: Fraud is kind of hard to find!

Enjoy! I may use these songs later on, so put some effort into this!!!

Closing Session: Think-Pair-Share with a neighbor and then with the class!

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, auditory); interest (musical genres).

Assessment: Worksheets will be checked for completion and understanding (answers could vary).

I’d be lying if I told you…


  • SL.9-10.4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Learning Target: Students will collaborate to present the information about circle 8 to their classmates and to learn from the other presenters.


Welcome to CIRCLE 8: FRAUD! We are almost done, y’all!!

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. Here’s the skinny:

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 present this info to the class with your group. You may present in any creative way you like, for example:

  • You may write a rap or song to give your info
  • You may make a poster to present it
  • You may compose a poem to share
  • You may come up with an interactive game
  • ..or really any other creative idea!!

You will have until 11:04 (2nd block) or 2:56 (4th block) to work, then we will present your info during the last 30 minutes of class (that means you need to have approximately 3 minutes of material!).

Good luck!

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

Assessment: Presentations will be assessed.