Oedipus, Part II, the first half!


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.9-10.7 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).
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


Oedipus Rex Rap

Learning Target

Scholars will read the first half of part II of Oedipus Rex, then finish their poem poster from yesterday.

Work Session

You guys ready for some more OEDIPUS?! We’re going to continue reading the play to day, starting part II and getting about halfway through it. Let’s review what has happened so far, first…

-What are the horrible things Teiresias claims Oedipus has done?
-How did Oedipus react to these accusations?
-How did Jocasta react to these accusations? How does Jocasta feel about prophets in general?

After we have reviewed what’s going on so far, let’s get into the play and hear the horrible truth as Oedipus discovers it!

Ok, after we finish the play, I want to take a minute to talk about the tragic flaw. Oedpus’s tragic flaw is hubris, or extreme pride. Here are some other tragic flaws:

-Jealousy or envy
-Greed or avarice
-Anger or wrath
-Laziness or sloth
-Gluttony or overindulgence

Choose one of those tragic flaws and write a summary of how the story of Oedipus would have been different if Oedipus’s flaw had been different. For example, you might choose wrath, and say that if Oedipus’s flaw was wrath, he would have killed Teiresias and Creon in anger. If he had killed them, he may never have figured out he was married to his mother!

Write about two to three paragraphs on this, and that’s all for today everyone!! Oooh, I do have a good riddle though…

Closing Session

Brothers and sisters I have none but this man’s father is my father’s son.
Who is the man?


Paragraphs will be assessed for understanding of theme and citation of evidence (RL.9-10.1 and RL.9-10.3).

We will TOTD using Socrative if possible.


Students may choose a tragic flaw of interest to them to write about, and length of the writing assignment can be modified if needed.

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