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Designed for teachers who want to engage their students in analyzing Inferno, this pack contains multiple activities. Because most questions will have varying and multiple answers or responses, there is no "answer guide." For some activities, there are both PDFs and MS Word files. The activities require students to critically think about Inferno; there are no basic recall questions included.
1. Aeneid Book 6 and Inferno Comparison Activity-- contains book 6 of the Aeneid (Aeneas journey through the Underworld) with an activity for comparing and contrasting the two works and requires students to use textual evidence to support their claims.
2. Canto Teaching Component-- students are assigned a canto to summarize, analyze, create a guide for, and teach their fellow students. This pack contains the detailed instructions for students and a reflection for after you've given feedback on their guide.
3. Essential Questions list
4. Inferno powerpoint-- this presentation will guide you through the poem, and it includes biographic information, historical context, and a canto by canto guide (with important quotes, historical connections, discussion of contrapasso, and other important details). This presentation was designed while I was studying Dante in Italy as part of the NEH Summer Scholar Program and includes information not typically found in other teaching materials.
5. Inferno Theme Activity-- a three-page activity that asks students to work in groups or individually to use text evidence to support a theme.
6. Tweets from Hell Activity-- this engaging worksheet asks students to tweet through a number of assigned cantos (as if Dante was journeying during our 21st century time).
7. Creating Canto 1 with Liszt Teacher Instructions-- an activity for students to recreate canto 1 while listening to Liszt's symphony written when inspired by reading La Divina Commedia.