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Lesson: Antigone Today


Author: Sarah N
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 10 - 10

Introduction

Today we will finish reading Antigone. Once we have completed the text, you may begin working on this assignment. This will allow you to think about the tragic ending and the person responsible for the action of the play. We will see how these themes are still relevant in our lives today. I know it is sometimes difficult to see that a Greek Tragedy written an incredibly long time ago could still have importance to our lives, but I think you will find that the connections are absolutely there. As you navigate your way through the lesson, think about the way these characters perspectives are similar or different than your own. Would you have broken a law to do what you thought was right? Would you have stuck with a law even if it was hurting your family?

Goals

Consider the perspective of characters in Antigone. Relate their decisions to modern situations. Examine the way that Antigone's character has had a lasting impact on popular culture. Understand how Antigone feels when she is forced to choose between breaking the law and doing what she thinks is right for her family. Understand how Creon feels when he has to choose between keeping his decree as king or punishing his family. Engage in discussions with readers outside of our classroom.

Directions

Once you have finished the play, you may begin this lesson. Throughout the lesson, focus on character perspective. Think about the way these characters felt and why they made the decisions they made. Also think about the way their conflicts and relationships are similar to current issues of law and/or family relationships.


Background Builder Background

Title: Ancient Greek Burial Customs URL: http://people.uncw.edu/deagona/ancientnovel/kristina.htm
Directions: Are you interested in learning more about the reasons Antigone felt the need to bury Polynices? Click here to find out more about Ancient Greek burial customs.


Title: A Modern Production URL: http://www.didaskalia.net/issues/vol6no3/doyle_turner.html
Directions: Visit this site to read a review and see some pictures of a 21st century college production of Antigone.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message: Here are some words you may have seen during your reading of Antigone. During our reading, we discussed the definitions of many of these words and even made videos that brought some of them to life! Look over the words and challenge yourself to use them in conversation during the next few weeks. (Example: Think about what you could say about a student who refuses to put away a cell phone when a teacher spots it during class.)
Vocabulary Words:
Defiant
Insolent
Treason
Blithe
Interrogate


Activity: Is it Fair?


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Goals

Determine if a Tennessee state law is fair or unfair. Take on multiple perspectives when considering the rules and consequences associated with the act.

Directions

Read the Tennessee Non-Smokers Protection Act and explore the rules, responsibilities and penalties. Some people believe that this law is unfair or unjust. What do you think? Visit Rubric to share your feelings and Keisha for some ideas about how to write a journal response.



Activity: Antigone: A Modern Adaptation


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Goals

Examine how the main plot of Antigone can be relevant in modern times. Create an adaptation of the story situated in a different time and place (can be modern or can be historical).

Directions

Watch the student example of a modern adaptation movie trailer. Keep in mind the fact that your opinion on their possibly unjust law is not important to this assignment. Realize that it is simply necessary to discuss a law that someone believes to be unjust. That someone does not have to be you. After watching the clip, work with a partner and discuss possible adaptations for the play. Think about current controversial laws or feel free to examine laws of the past (segregation, suffrage, etc.) and decide which you think would work best for a movie. Then visit Rubric and summarize what your movie would be about.



Activity: Who Was at Fault?


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Goals

Read multiple perspectives on the same topic and synthesize the information to create your own opinion.

Directions

Visit the blog and read the initial entry and the responses. Think about the opinions that the authors share and decide whether you agree or disagree. I encourage you to post a response directly on the blog, but visit Pablo for some guidance or to share your feelings that you don't want to share on the blog.



Activity: Antigone Rising


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Goals

Understand the use of specific literary devices (I can't tell you which one because that's part of your task). Make a personal connection to a historical figure (this can be someone from Antigone, another text we have read in class, or any character or person you happen to like).

Directions

Check it out! A band called Antigone Rising. Take a listen to their music. If you like it - great! If not - that's okay too. Read the following quotes which were pulled from interviews with band members: "That is where the name came from. Antigone was this strong rebellious woman who defied authority - we loved that." "She's the first female rebel to defy a king. We think that's pretty cool. We added 'Rising' because it's better to rise than fall." Now visit Rubric, tell him what type of literary device this is, and your feelings on starting your own rock band!




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