Divine Comedy Lesson Plans
Memoria Press does it again; helping you teach a very difficult text in manageable bits. Why read Dante? This book came out of the late middle Ages and impacted literature from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Its lessons on depravity and consequences are an extremely valuable lesson about the human condition for teenagers to learn. One man and his struggle for hope in a world of political, social and spiritual upheaval (sound timely?) is the center of Dante Alighieri's novel as translated by John Ciardi.
The Teacher Guide has lessons for you to present each "canto" or section. You will have all of the answers to the student guide, plus step by step assignments that are not in the kids' book, like memorization, vocabulary, discussion starters and some background overview material to make you look good! The material itself is complicated, but the Teacher Guide is easy to follow. There is a section of Drill Questions and then the Test Answer Key. There are no blank student pages in this book.
The Student Guide is meant to be written in by the student as you read the Comedy. It is logically divided by the cantos (chapters) and there are vocabulary words that refer to a specific line in the canto. There are comprehension questions with plenty of space for answers. In the back is a place to write answers to the Drill Questions (50 short answer questions) from the Teacher Guide.
The Quizzes & Tests are numbered and each covers one or two cantos. Questions are matching, multiple choice, short answer and some which require about a paragraph answer. There are quizzes, a mid-term (matching, short answer, and a mini-essay which has two pages of lines), and a final exam in the same format as the mid-term for each of the three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. There are no answers in this book.
The package includes student and teacher guide, and Divine Comedy, #53265.
I think it would be hard to teach such a classic and heavy text with only one of these books. You really need all three to effectively make it work. Everything is laid out for you to follow. ~ Sara
Well-organized, user-friendly, and academically challenging, these guides equip students to be active readers through thoughtful and purposeful study. Formatted similarly, each guide includes vocabulary, comprehension and discussion questions, quotations, composition, and literary analysis in increasing depth. Grade Level Packages are available for your convenience and align to the Memoria Press Literature and Poetry books grade level packages. Components are also available separately. For additional literature options from Memoria Press, please see the Alternate Literature or the Classical Literature options.
StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures incorporate real books, rather than controlled readers, to advance phonics and reading skills, once a student has learned phonics. Student Guides at this level are different compared to the 2nd grade and up Literature Guides. Featuring a horizontal orientation for ease of writing, worksheets focus on vocabulary and comprehension. There's writing involved (7/16" lines with dotted midline) but the top binding makes it easy for either right or left-handed students. The teacher needs to take a quick peek at two pages at the beginning that give the plan for the Word Study, Read, Comprehension, and Language (introductory grammar) segments of each lesson. StoryTime covers four classic children's books in 14 lessons and 2 optional Christmas lessons. More StoryTime provides another 15 lessons and seven children's books. Teacher Guides for StoryTime and More StoryTime include a model lesson plan, overview, daily assignments for each lesson (which highlight phonics and vocabulary activities) and answers to the student pages. Packages are available for StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures which include both student and teacher guides as well as the literature resources. Packages of literature resources only are also available. Optional Lesson Plans are available.
Beginning in 2nd grade, Literature Guides are organized around the Trivium with activities grouped into Pre-Grammar, Grammar (preparation and presentation); Logic (reasoning with facts, elements, and features) and Rhetoric (expression). Although there is consistency from lesson to lesson, the extra activity provided with each lesson is quite varied. Background information on the author and book is also included.
Student Guides for Grades 2-8 are consumable. Each book/story/poem is approached in much the same way, although with increasing depth. Vocabulary, comprehension/discussion questions, quotations, composition, and literary analysis activities are covered. Beginning in Grade 9, the guides transition to a smaller formatted (6” x 9”) non-consumable format. Students are encouraged to create a personal Literature Notebook. Currently, The Divine Comedy Student Guide is the last remaining full-size consumable literature guide available.
Teacher Guides provide valuable teaching information and full-text answer keys at all grade levels. Discussion talking points, reproducible quizzes and final tests (with answers) are included in numerous guides especially at the upper levels. The early grades differ a little bit in content in order to be more suitable for young learners.
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.