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  • RL.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: Students will learn about circle 3, then analyze design choices of an artist’s interpretation of the 9 circles of Hell as characters.



Welcome to Circle 3: GLUTTONY!

Today we are going to read a Sparknotes Summary of circle 3, canto VI. This particular circle isn’t in our book, so we’re turning to some outside sources for it. After we finish the discussion of the circle, you’ll do your collaborative poster project activity for the day, and then…. dundunDUN! We have a VIDEO!

This is an episode of the TV show Face Off, which is on Syfy, and it’s all about movie makeups. In this challenge, the contestants had to make characters inspired by Dante’s Inferno, which I think you will appreciate 🙂


After we watch the video, we will end class with this prompt: The guy that went home on Face Off. What did he do wrong? If you had his assignment in the challenge, how would you interpret it and what would you create? Be creative, feel free to draw a picture!!

Welcome to Caesar!


RI.9-10.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.


Learning Target

Scholars will learn historical context for Julius Caesar, and participate in a value line to determine how they feel about different moral issues.

Work Session

Welcome to Monday! We’re going to start out today with a little PowerPoint introduction to the story we’re about to read, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar:

Introduction to Julius Caesar

After that, we’re going to do a little value line activity. This is the one where we have “Agree” and “Disagree” on the walls, and you go stand where your opinion lies. Here are the statements we will be working with today:

  • It is never OK to kill another human being.
  • Sometimes, the good of many outweighs the good of one.
  • People always want more power for themselves.
  • The worst thing someone can do is to betray a friend.
  • You should listen to your gut instinct instead of the advice of others.
  • Arrogance will be the downfall of the greatest leaders.
  • The best leaders are loved by the general public.
  • A small group of powerful men should be able to decide the fate of a nation.
  • Sometimes you have to go to extremes to make your point.
  • Doing something wrong and admitting it is an honorable thing to do.

Closing Session

Write a paragraph – did you ever feel like you should change sides during our discussion and if so, why? If not, why not?


Paragraphs will be graded


Kinesthetic learning styles with value line, visual/auditory with discussion