Heaven and Hell: Dante's Inferno, the Medieval Church, and Legends of the Saints
This video and accompanying worksheet will give your students a brief overview of the Influence of the Medieval Church, including some of the chief players in its formation and reformation. (Make sure to like this video and subscribe to our channel, so you will know when we post more videos.)
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT This selection from the New Testament, a record of Jesus Christ's most famous sermon, helps illuminate how far the Medieval Church had strayed from Jesus Christ's teaching. Use this excerpt to contrast what your students have learned about the practices of the Medieval Church.
THE PRAYER OF ST. PATRICK This worksheet examines a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick.
ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR Did an Irish monk really discover North America? Well, he certainly claimed to. This History.com article attempts to the get to the bottom of the mystery of St. Brendan the Navigator.
THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION Corruption within the church finally led to a movement called the Reformation, whose most prominent leader was Martin Luther. This handout gives background on Martin Luther and the Reformation.
INTRODUCTION TO DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY
This short and informative video gives an overview of Dante's epic poem and its influences. Use the questions and key below in conjunction with the video. (Make sure to like this video and subscribe to our channel, so you will know when we post more videos.)
FIVE REASONS TO TEACH THE INFERNO
This article highlights the various benefits of teaching Dante's Inferno to high school students.
For this tongue-in-cheek assignment, students sentence fictional characters to the various circles of Hell.
After reading about Dante's trip through Hell, ask your students to reflect on the journey by answering these discussion questions.
With this assignment students choose from a list of projects related to the Inferno. These projects appeal to multiple learning styles and reinforce student choice.
INFERNO SCRIPT-STORY COLLECTION
Teach the "heck" out of Inferno with this collection of 5 script-stories that dramatize Dante's journey through Hell. All major events from the Inferno are represented. This download also comes with reading guides and keys for students to fill out as they journey into the depths. It also includes three excerpt passages from La Vita Nouva and Inferno for students to analyze. You can also see a preview of these materials by clicking HERE!
MAKE YOUR LIFE EPIC! WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Teach your students some of the elements of an epic and ask them to view their own life as an epic. This writing assignment blends introspection, goal-setting, and character education.