Day 2

Aristotle's Poetics Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Close Reading: Definition of Tragedy

    Kind of Activity:

    Collaborative Writing


    Students will be able to delve deeply into a definition central to Aristotle's work

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4


    Read this paragraph aloud:

    Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions.

    What does this mean? Why does Aristotle believe...

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