I started my *Antigone *unit, which is the first one where I really make the kids be independent; their autonomy is important to me. I want to see that my Sophomores are learning how to learn without my guidance. For me, independence is key. However, I do start them with some guided instruction.

First, I did provide the vocabulary for the week. Admittedly, this is a bit guided, but the kids truly do take over once I initiate the day. Here is our usual routine. Here is a bit more on our vocabulary lessons.

The last part through which I guide the students is the background information about *Antigone*. Since this is the third play in the *Oedipus Cycle*, I use a PowerPoint in which I tell the history of Oedipus (the story of Cadmus is on a poster outside my classroom), and the students take notes while looking for literary devices employed in the storyline.

Once this concludes (and the students are very excited because of the “eww” factor of Oedipus’ marriage), I ask the students to draw a family tree using the story’s characters. Eventually, they agree as a class after sharing their trees, and they always seem to get it right. 🙂

Then, I put the kids into group of four. I pick the groups; the kids do not. This way I get them to mix it up, and I try to spread the dramatically inclined kids throughout the groups. Then I have the students choose to be an A, B, C, or D. This way the students, by chance, have picked their parts in the play. A = Antigone and Haemon, B = Creon and Ismene, C = Chorus, Teiresias, and Eurydice, and D = Choragos, Sentry, and Messenger.

I then have the kids spread the groups throughout the classroom (3 max in class) and into the halls. They have their parts and read/perform the play in their groups. Some take notes while others do not. Regardless, once they finish the play I have study guides for the kids to use to review the play. I walk among the groups during the periods to answer questions and clarify difficult passages. Really, the kids just take over and get to work.

Typically, the kids finish the play in about 3-4 days and need an additional 2 days to complete the study guide questions. They “correct” the study guides by debating in class and asking each other questions. I stay out of the discussion and only intercede if they aren’t being respectful or starting to get off-task. By this time, the kids have identified the literary devices used and have explored the major themes of the play.

Then, I assign a thesis paper or a presentation comparing and contrasting a character in this play with one from *The Tragedy of Julius Caesar*, or I assign the same paper/project using *The Long Walk Home*. I generally prefer using the film rather than the Shakespearean play for the paper/project because it leads us to the race relations in our next novel, *To Kill A Mockingbird*.

This is one of my favorite weeks because I get to watch the kids take over the reading, comprehending, and exploring. Fun times and always a confidence builder for them and me.

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H.StoreyHello–

Would love to see the study guide if you don’t mind sending me a copy, too! hstorey@aol.com. Thank you!

AnonymousI am also a first year teacher, I enjoyed reading your lesson plan ideas for Antigone. Can I please take a look at study guide questions? Thank You!

cortneysamperi@hotmail.com

ConnieIf you’re still checking this thread, I would love a copy of the study guide and also a copy of the power point presentations. I’m also a new teacher. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

drpezzPost authorHere it is:

https://drpezz.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/the-antigone-study-guide/

AmandaDo you have that study guide? I’m teaching sophomores for the first time.

drpezzPost authorSend me your e-mail address, and I’ll send you a copy.

AmandaMy e-mail: awhite@esu9.org

Thanks!

William Harvillharvillw@gmail.com

Genesis AckermannWill you please email me a copy of the study guide and if available the powerpoint presentation of what you do before reading the play? Thanks!

ackermag@usd385.org

Krissysloopy29@hotmail.com

May I please get the study guide? I am a 1st year teacher. I have not read this play since 1995.

Robyn BI would love a copy of your study guide. It is so awesome how you share your work. Thanks!

Robyn BSorry…My email is rbellerson@vchsaz.org

JeniferI too would LOVE the study guide! I have to teach it for the first time this fall and I have NO materials for it (In fact, I don’t think I had even read it before !)

Thank you sooooo much!

Jen

Jeniferjalmassy@reese.k12.mi.us

drpezzPost authorhttps://drpezz.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/the-antigone-study-guide/

HeatherI too would love a study guide. Email: kopph@duvalschools.org

JenniferI too am teaching it this fall and have never even read it before. I’d love to see your study guide if you wouldn’t mind sending it. email: jenniferlegrand@gmail.com

Thanks!

StephanieFirst time teacher here! I am starting the year with this play and I would love to see your study guide. My email is rusandsteph@comcast.net.

Thanks!

Matt WolfeWould also love to see a copy of the study guide. I have been looking for a good one!

Thanks

drpezzPost authorWhat’s your e-mail address?

mamabearbakerIf you still are willing to send copies of the study guide, I’d love one. I’m teaching Antigone for the first time here at the end of the year! Sara Baker

BrianaFirst time teaching it as well. Would love the study guide as well. bre5900@aol.com

JerricaI would love the study guide if it is still available; I’m teaching this for the third time but am looking for a new way to present the material. Thanks!

jerrica_ryan@yahoo.com

AdamI’ve taught Oedipus Rex once before, but I’m adding Antigone this year. Would it be possible to take a look at your Study Guide? It seems like it would be quite useful.

Thanks!

panuck@gmail.com

LizCan you please send me the study guide thank you

LizCan you please send me the study guide? I am teaching Antigone for the first time. My email is pinklizzers10@yahoo.com.

Marciea5th year teacher, first year with sophomores :O I would love to look at and adapt your study guide. Also, just how much background to you give? I was thinking of doing a week on Greek theater, culture, and Oedipus… I have 55 min classes.

MarcieaMarciea.ball@longbeachsaints.org

Ira PincusGreat tips, you have alleviated my anxiety a bit. I have sophomores too and many are struggling readers – I think the group activity you suggest would be great to differentiate their instruction and get through the play in a timely manner. Thanks.

Is it possible for me to get a copy of your study guide as well? If so, thank you again in advance.

Ira

ipincus@pasco.k12.fl.us

Ira PincusHi there – just wanted to thank you for the great group activity suggestion for teaching Antigone. We did the prologue today and it went great! Everyone participating, a buzz throughout the room and comprehension of the story so far – imagine that!

Do you happen to have a copy of the study guide again as I’ve seemed to misfiled the questions for anything past scene 2. Unless of course that’s all the study guide contained. If not, no worries, I can search for additional resources as well. I saw your e-mail on the school in Jamaica, Queens too as it relates to this story. I’m soaking it up like a sponge.

I really appreciate your sharing! Take care.

Ira

ipincus@pasco.k12.fl.us

Ira PincusCurious if you had material for scenes 3-5 of Antigone. Thanks again Doc!

Ira

ipincus@pasco.k12.fl.us

Jason PayneHi, I have been looking for a good study guide for Antigone/Oedipus. Would you send me a copy of yours please?

Thank you.

Jason

drpezzPost authorI need your e-mail address. 🙂

Ira PincusPlease send me your e-mail address and I will send you my entire unit of material on Antigone. Send to ipincus@pasco.k12.fl.us. Have some great stuff in addition to the study guide.

– Ira

Amy ElliottI would love the study guide also, if you don’t mind. Thank you for the helpful information!

drpezzPost authorI need your e-mail address.

PreyaPlease send a copy of the study guide. Thanks!

drpezzPost authorE-mail address?

Wal22nutI would love your study guide as well!

Wal22nutSorry, email address is tomdeb@comcast.net

LaurenI am a 4th year teacher, but first time with sophomores. 🙂 Can you send a copy of your study guide? My e-mail is LaurenGilbert@yahoo.com. Thank you!

MichelleHi! Can you send me the study guide please? Thank you!

mgrima@bishopconatyloretto.org

Kate AppleThanks for your taking the time to describe the process. I was wondering what translation of Antigone you had them read?

drpezzPost authorI will need to check and let you know. I’m out of my building until Friday, so I will try and remember to jot that down then. 🙂

RobynPlease send me a copy of the study guide!

Also, do you have any ideas for contemporisng the play for an australian audience- any activities that would suit that?

RobynCould you send me your email, so I can send you mine to get the guide. I dont want to have it displayed.

drpezzPost authorMy e-mail is drpezz@ hotmail.com

AmandaI love the reciprocal teaching idea, and splitting the kids into groups of four really helps to drive home the idea of one person playing multiple parts. I’d love to see the study guide (mine is basic comprehension, and I really want to get away from that this year). My email is nickersonak@rcschools.net.

Thanks!

AnonymousWow…this is great info. Would you be williing to share the intro power point as well as the study guide. I have tenth graders this year and will do Antigone early in the year. Trying to write some lesson plans.

Thanks for sharing. My email is cbailey@chicousd.org

JessicaI hope you still have the study guide. I will be teaching Antigone for the first time this year and would love to see your materials. I LOVE the idea of having the kids read it in small groups!

jllockwood@liberty.edu

mitzinaWould love to see the study guide as well. I am a first year teacher and am teaching this during first semester. Thanks!!!!

satisfiedWould love a copy of your study guide. I taught Antigone last year, but wasn’t satisfied with the study guide I used.

kristilaviolette@cfcaeagles.org

Thanks!

SarahI too am reinvesting time into teaching vocabulary. Thanks for the drawing suggestions. Also, I would so appreciate seeing your study guide for Antigone. I have just returned to the classroom after an 8 year “retirement” and have all new material on my plate, including Julius Caesar as well.

Thank you so much!

Sarah

sarahferge@gmail.com

shedoestheocHi there! This isn’t my first time teaching sophomores but it is my first time teaching Antigone. I was going to go with a similar approach since we’ve already read Julius, and it’s nice to see that I’m on the right track!

Couple of questions:

1. Do you do anything to help teach them the elements of Greek drama (strophe, antistrophe, etc.) or do you just let them kind of make sense of it themselves?

2. Also, can I get a copy of the study guide, pretty pretty please! my email is britt.n.pratt@gmail.com

Thanks so much! Great post!

drpezzPost authorI review the basics of Greek tragedy but focus more on the concepts of tragic characters and tragic flaws. If the class is getting everything pretty well, I go deeper as they can handle it.

mamabearbakerI just replied asking for the study guide and thought that since I had to enter my email address to reply, that you would have it, but I realize I was wrong. Thanks! sbaker@cakmail.org

shedoestheocAlso, I teach honors, and I was thinking of introducing Aristotle’s elements of tragedy before they read and then having them write papers comparing and contrasting Julius and Antigone as a tragedy. Thoughts? Too complex? Should I shorten it to a paper comparing and contrasting just one of the elements of tragedy in both plays?

Thanks for any advice!

drpezzPost authorSounds like a good plan as long as they fully understand the elements of tragedy. If the goal is a compare/contrast paper, I think a character analysis works as well.

AnonymousGreat suggestions! Could i get a copy of the study guide as well?

omilroy@adfontes.com

Thanks!

AnonymousI’d love a copy of the study guide too, teaching it for the first time!

becca4626@gmail.com

Anonymousplease email me the guide as well n_s_reveles@harmonytx.org

AnonymousFirst year teaching Antigone also… thrilled I found your site. Please consider forwarding your guide to my class: aeisenschmidt@urbansci.net

Thank you have a great school year!

AnonymousPlease email Antigone Study Guide and other materials – power points would be great if possible

AnonymousHello, I love this lesson as many others have said. If you would be willing could I please receive a copy of your study guide and background on Oedipus presentation? Thanks so much! lcarver@johnstown.k12.oh.us

AnonymousFirst year teaching sophomore English! I, too, would love to get a copy of your study guide and Oedipus background presentation if possible. Thank you.

AnonymousAlmost forgot. my email is

patrizia.etienne@gmail.com

Dochttps://drpezz.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/the-antigone-study-guide/

AnonymousWould you be willing to send me a copy pf the powerpoint presentation and the study guide. It sounds like a great way to present the play!

Thank you so much!

kmapes4@aol.com

AnonymousPlease send me your study guide. Thanks so much!

jrandhayleyspringer@yahoo.com

DianePlease send me your study guide. Thanks!

diane.phillips@sbcglobal.net

r s ePlease send me your study guide. It looks very interesting.

DianeThank you!

JenniferI also would appreciate a copy of the study guide very much. Thank you for sharing!

jriley569@gmail.com

drpezzPost authorIt is here: https://drpezz.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/the-antigone-study-guide/

AnonymousCould I also bother you for a copy of the study guide? Thank you for sharing! I really appreciate it.

jorjisharp@gmail.com

drpezzPosted just above your comment.

MariaI’m teaching this for the first time and would love your powerpoint and any other materials you may have (i already saw where the study guide is).

Thank you!

Maria.Hambrick@gmail.com

Katie UrbanI realize this was posted quite some time ago, and I am not sure how I stumbled onto it but I am so glad I did! Would you mind sending me the study guide and any other materials you have as well? I will be starting it for the first time next week!

Katie Urbankatieurban66@gmail.com

drpezzPost authorThey are here: https://drpezz.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/the-antigone-study-guide/

Enjoy!

RickeyAny chance you can send me the powerpoint? I am interested in how you presented the background information. Obviously, I plan to discuss Oedipus with them to understand the drama aspect of it. rickeyk@asu,edu.

Thanks!

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