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American Lit: Willing To Forgive

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can cite evidence to answer text-dependent questions.

Opening Session: What’s your opinion on a wife who is willing to forgive her cheating husband?

Work Session: Today we’re going to continue reading The Crucible, starting in Act II and reading as far as we can get today! From your opening session, you’ve probably guessed that a lot of today’s act focuses on Elizabeth’s relationship with John Proctor. We will read as much as we can, and stop fifteen minutes before the bell for our closing session.

Closing Session: Look at the following lyric from the Aretha Franklin song we listened to at the beginning of class:

Well, I’m willing to forgive you but I can’t forget, cause you really really really really hurt me this time.  Well, I guess I can go on— 

 Discuss how the above line from Aretha Franklin’s Willing to Forgive applies to Elizabeth in the section of the text we read today.

Assessment: Informal – paragraph checks

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)


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).