Oedipus Part II, Second Half!

Standards

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.<br/><br/>By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9—10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Activator

More figurative language…

Learning Target

Scholars will finish Oedipus and then compose a letter of speech about the play.

Work Session

Welcome back to class, everyone! I hope your week has started off well 🙂

Today we’re going to finish reading Oedipus the King, the same way we’ve been reading it so far. Afterwards, I’d like you guys to do a short writing assignment before we review our figurative language. Here’s the deal, and… guess what! You have a choice!!

Option A: Pretend you are Oedipus. Before you blind yourself, write a letter to the people of Thebes explaining what has happened. Do you feel guilty? Should you have listened to the prophet? What advice do you have for the people you used to rule? How are you going to punish yourself for what you’ve done and why? Give me 2-4 paragraphs, and don’t forget to put it in letter format!

Option B: We talked several times about the tragic flaw (hamartia) in Oedipus, which, in this case, was hubris. Hubris is an extreme pride and way of thinking that you’re better than everyone else or exempt from the same restraints as everyone else. How would the story of Oedipus differed if he had not had this tragic flaw? Write a summary in 2-4 paragraphs where you explain how Oedipus the King would have turned out if he had not had this tragic flaw.

Closing Session

A man is pushing his car along the road when he comes to a hotel. He shouts, “I’m bankrupt!” Why?

Assessment

Letters will be graded for RL.9-10.2: Analysis

Differentiation

Length can be varied, student choice in the letter/speech assignment.

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