Lesson Plan : Aristotle

Teacher Name:
 Snyder
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 The play "Poetics" on pages 799-803 in V-A.
Content:
 These pages tell some of the details of Aristotle such as where he was born, his heritage, where he attended school, etc. The excerpt of "Poetics" discusses the virtues and characteristics of tragedy.
Goals:
 Students will be able to take this reading and decipher what Aristotle was trying convey about tragedy and how he wrote it. Be able to list the "six constituent elements". Distinguish that the action has a beginning, middle, and an end. Describe what happens to the character once a tragedy has occurred.
Objectives:
 Students will relate the tragedy spoken of by Arisotle to some possible personal tragedy. Be able to speak of the two as the same and understand them.
Materials:
 Textbook reading, audio excerpts, internet
Introduction:
 Have posters and/or pictures of Aristotle from his time period to help students understand him. Give examples of my own personal tragedies and how they relate to me now. Let the students understand that the main purpose of this lesson is to have them understand tragedy because each and everyone of them has experience it on some level.
Accommodations:
 Students will divide into groups of 2-4 and take turns reading passages from the assignment. They will then participate in groups disscussions.
Checking For Understanding:
 A "jeopardy" type game will be played where the students are divided into two even number groups. Bothe groups to have boys and girls from all grades. A serious of questions will be asked from me and the two groups are to discuss and then buzz in. The first group with the correct answer will receive a point and the team with the most wins. Students will also write a one page paper comparing the reading of Aristotle to their own lives and turn in for a grade.
Closure:
 Discussion of the main points of the reading and did they catch it. Again explain what the purpose of the lesson was.
Teacher Reflections:
 How did they do? Did they understand that it is ok to have misfortunes and to be able to bounce back from them. They need to know that it is ok to come from their individual backgrounds. All of them are special and are good kids.

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