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World Lit: Circle 3, Gluttony

  • 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

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:



Closing Session
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?

Formative (TOTD, class discussions)

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

Burn, baby, burn!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).

Learning Target: I will analyze how the TV show Criminal Minds draws on Dante’s Inferno to create a modern interpretation of circle 6 of Hell.

Opening Session: Grab a sheet of paper and jot down the first five words you think of when you think of Hell…. was fire among those words? Good. Because today we meet the hottest part of Dante’s Inferno (which, now that I think of it, is kind of a silly name)… CIRCLE 6!!!!

Work Session: Welcome to the circle for the heretics, y’all. The burning dead. This particular circle of Hell is one that absolutely terrifies me! Dante discusses some contemporary celebrities with a burning sinner before Virgil moves him on, and with that, I want to go on to our main activity of the day:

CRIMINAL MINDS! How many of you guys watch this show? This particular episode – season 10, episode 2 – is all about a killer who was inspired by Dante’s Inferno. As we watch the video, pay close attention to how the killer chooses each of his victims. He already knows what “punishments” he’s going to give them (the MOs of his murders), so can you figure out how he chooses each victim?

After we finish watching today, I want to do a bit of writing. Give me 3-4 sentences on each of these prompts:

  1. Visual imagery can be a powerful thing. SEEING something is often more impressive and gives us a more lasting feeling than reading about it. Which images/scenes from this episode stand out most in your mind? Why do you think that is?
  2. What is it about the Inferno that makes this particular part – the burning, flaming part – the most memorable part of Hell?
  3. How did the producers of this episode of Criminal Mindsdraw on Dante as source material? What did they emphasize or leave out? Did they make any choices that surprised you?

Closing: Do your poster activity as your ticket out the door!!

Assessment: Writings will be graded; TOTD can be formatively assessed

Differentiation: Summaries given as needed, learning style (visual, auditory), sentence frameworks given.