Tuesdaypus the King

Welcome to Tuesday! Only 17 days left until the end of the semester!

Standard: RL.9-10.10. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Learning Target: Students will begin readingOedipus and continue learning about figurative language with example poetry.

Activator: “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

So first things first, regarding our music video, what do you guys think the title means? What is the artist referring to when he says “We’re not gonna take it”? Take what?

Today we’re going to begin our anchor text for the unit,Oedipus the King. I previewed this story for you yesterday, but in case you missed it here’s the skinny: Dude named Oedipus was prophesied to kill his father and marry his mother. Mom, Dad, and Oedipus all knew this was foretold, but for some reason Oedipus missed the boat on the  “Maybe I should refrain from killing or marrying anyone” concept and despite all their precautions it ends up happening. Oh, and Oedipus and Jocasta, his wife/mom, have four kids together. You can see how well this is working out…

So, our play picks up as Oedipus is living his happy life with his lovely wife, and then he begins to figure out what’s happened. Oh boy. Talk about some Maury-show drama. Because this is a play, we’re going to read it out loud. I will need volunteers  for Oedipus, Jocasta, Creon, Teiresias, a Priest, First and Second Messengers, and a Herdsman. Everyone else who does not have a part will read together as the Chorus. The Chorus is a particular aspect of Greek plays, and it’s always a group of people chillin’ together that read things like background information. They sort of represent the voice of the audience, kind of like a laugh track on a modern sitcom. Only they say more. A lot more.

After we read half of part I of the play, we’re going to swap gears a little and talk about poetry! Specifically, we’ll talk about the sonnet. There are two types of sonnets, and we’re going to read them both. The first is the Italian or Petrarchan sonnet. The form was perfected by a dude named Petrarch, and we’ll read one of his poems today, “Spring” (page 733 in your book.) As we read, we’ll be looking for those literary devices we talked about yesterday. After that, we’ll do the same with the other type of sonnet, which is called English or Shakespearean. We’ll read Sonnet 116 on page 741 in your book, which is by Shakespeare, and is about love. Aaah, love.

And that’s Tuesday! Sounds like fun, right? We’ll see you all tomorrow!

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