Lesson 1 (from Boccacio's Decameron - Eighth Day, Third Story)
In Boccacio's "Decameron - Eighth Day, Third Story" the attitude about women varies greatly from a contemporary attitude. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the attitude toward women in this story.
1) Writing assignment: In their journals, students should respond to the following prompt: What most surprised you about how women were described in "Decameron- Eighth Day, Third Story"? Students should have an opportunity to share their responses with the class.
2) Class discussion: Who is the first woman described in this story? How are the woman described in the church? In contrast, how are the men described? What is rumored about women and magic? What explanation is given for why they can take away magic? How do people spread this rumor? How is Calandrino's wife described? Why is she angry with him? Why does Calandrino become angry with his wife? Why does he start...
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