Day 5

Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Aftermath

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    Imagine what happens after the play ends.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.

    Structure:

    Ask the students to imagine what happens after Oedipus Rex leaves off. Some may already have knowledge of the other works in Sophocles’ Oedipus cycle—ask them to leave that aside for now. Give the class 15 or 20 minutes to write their own epilogues, where they describe what happens to Thebes and Oedipus after the action of the play is over.

    Some questions that might be answered in the epilogue: Does the plague go away? Are the gods satisfied? Are the people of Thebes satisfied that Oedipus has been banned, or do...

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