Day 5

Aristotle's Poetics Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Criticism of Aristotle

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion

    Objective:

    Students will be able to consider the possible pitfalls of Aristotle's influence

    Common Core Standards:

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

    Structure:

    Students should have read the first chapter of Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed for homework last night.

    Discuss what criticisms Boal had of Aristotle; they focus in the main on the definition of tragedy students close-read on Day 2. For Boal, there is no "proper purgation of these emotions"; if emotions are purged, audiences don't feel they need to take any action about the events that the play is imitating, even if the...

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