Dante's Inferno Unit - Cantos 1, 3, 5, 33, 34

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This package includes everything you need to help students grasp the deeper meanings of Dante’s allegory. No simple summaries here. Included are background notes, writing activities, symbolism charts, quizzes, additional resources, a test, and more! This unit works for Cantos 1, 3, 5, 33, and 34 of the John Ciardi translation. Other versions would work with most activities as well.

PowerPoint containing:

-Three journal prompts
#1 is creative/narrative and encourages the use of imagery
#2 is expository/analytical and requires explanation of
symbolism in Dante’s Inferno
#3 is creative/analytical and requires a combination of the first
two journaling skills

-A sample response of Journal #3 for students

-Poem-creation assignment that repurposes Journal #3

-A sample poem showing the repurposed sample Journal #3

-Tips for writing poems

-Scoring Rubric for Poem assignment

Background notes on the Divine Comedy, including rhyme scheme, key terms, and symbolism

Discussion and Review Questions for Cantos (Chapters) 1, 3, and 34.
-5 critical thinking /short response questions per Canto,
including suggested answers for each

Symbolism Chart (to track symbolic elements throughout the reading)
-Includes Answer Key with 35 symbolic elements for Cantos 1, 3, 5, 33, and 34

Quizzes for Cantos 5 and 33
-Includes Answer Key

Canto 34 Interpretations Fill-in Notes (Deeper meaning and analysis of final chapter with links to earlier symbolic elements and themes)
-Includes Answer Key

Fire and Ice Writing Assignment

Links to five valuable additional student resources

Test (of 5 Cantos: 1, 3, 5, 33, 34)
-Includes:
-20 multiple choice (reading comprehension and analysis)
-10 matching (symbols to elements)
-10 fill-in-the-passage (asks students to correct for wordy phrasings using word bank)
-10 fill-in-the-blank (using background information from textbook and background notes)
-3 short essay questions
-Answer Key including short essay sample responses

Featured Image "Evil Scream" courtesy of hyena reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Total Pages
32
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Dante's Inferno Unit - Cantos 1, 3, 5, 33, 34