Dante’s Inferno: Societal Sins

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Learning Objective

Students will be able to make connections between classroom text and modern day scenarios. They will also be able to make thematic connections between fiction and nonfiction works, as evidenced by answering the following Essential Questions:

  • What are the sins of Dante’s world, and what do they say about life at that time?
  • What are the sins of the modern world, and who are figureheads for these sins?
  • How has society changed and progressed (or regressed)?

Learning Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1 
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1 
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2 
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.4 
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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