World Lit: Dante Circle 3: Gluttony

Standards

  • 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
Students will learn about circle 3 of Dante’s Inferno and then analyze the design choices of an artist representing the 9 circles of Hell as characters.

Opening Session
THUGNOTES!

Work Session
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:

http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/videos/509-mortal-sins

After we watch the video, I want you to write about what happened and why. Consider 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! Also consider the guy who won the challenge. What was it about his character that made it so compelling and cool? How did his specific choices on what to emphasize or leave out create a stronger character?

Closing Session
Ticket out the door – choose your poster activity for the day and complete it, then hang it on the board.

Assessment
Formative (TOTD, class discussions)

Differentiation
Process (guided notes); Product (choice of poster activity)

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