Welcome back to midweek, everyone! So close to summer break I can taste it!
Standard: RL.9-10.7. Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
Learning Target: Students will read and understand the poem “Jocasta,” then go on a scavenger hunt for literary devices.
First things first: let’s learn some figurative language!!! I’ve got a cool powerpoint that goes over thirteen literary devices and their meanings, along with examples. We’re going to start off today with taking some quick notes on these (they should be, mostly, review!) and then we’re going to find some examples of these devices in poetry!!
So, as we read Oedipus, the play focused on the main character and his reactions and feelings. But here’s a question for you guys – what do you think about Jocasta? She was totally innocent in all this…well, sort of, she did give her baby up to be killed… but for the most part, she didn’t really do anything wrong, right? So today, we’re going to look at things from Jocasta’s point of view.
I’ll give every table 2 copies of the poem “Jocasta” by Ruth F. Eisenberg. One of your copies will have a pink highlighted part and the other copy will have a green highlighted part.
I want you to nominate one reader from your table to be Jocasta. She will read the pink highlighted part. The rest of you will read as the Chorus, on the green highlighted part.
These two parts alternate in the poem to tell the complete story of Oedipus from Jocasta’s point of view. What do you guys think of this? How do you feel about things as Jocasta saw them, since she was totally innocent in all this? Or..was she?
After we finish our reading, we’re going to do a li’l’ scavenger hunt! Excited? I know I am, wooo!!!
We have studied thirteen literary devices. I would like you to find examples of ten in “Jocasta.” You can work with your group. All thirteen devices are present in the poem, but you will only need to find 10. Write the name of the device and the example down from the poem on a sheet of notebook paper numbered 1-10. For example, you might write “1. Metaphor – “My life is a toad.””