This is an in-class essay assignment that can be used as a pre-write, a formative, or a summative assessment in teaching Dante's Inferno to students. In completing this essay, students activate higher order thinking skills by applying their knowledge of Dante's Inferno to modern "sins." The essay is designed as a timed writing activity, helping students gain experience with timed writing tasks that are common on standardized assessments for high school students.
This resource contains a grading checklist. It also includes an outline that will help students structure their own writing and an exemplar body paragraph that will help students understand the expectations for this assignment.