Lesson Plan

Paradise Lost: Problem Situation

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Let your class voice their opinions with a group debate activity. Before reading John Milton's Paradise Lost, they work in small groups in assigned roles to form a position about authority and rebellion, comparing a teenager's punishment to Satan's banishment from heaven.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce the way a debate goes with video of a political debate or speech
  • Have kids choose a topic in the news that they are interested for a longer term debate project
  • Debate format and group assignments would be helpful in any debate lesson, regardless of subject
  • Provides a real-world example for kids to relate to
  • Good introduction to Paradise Lost, or to any other debate topic
  • Includes a graphic organizer to help kids keep track of others' positions
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