Friday, October 30, 2015

The Ending of Antigone


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Discussion of death and marriage in Ancient Greece and the ending of Antigone.


  • No additional homework

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oedipus Paper Prompts

Ms. Hoffmann
AP/Honors English
Oedipus Rex Essay Assignment

*Choose one of the prompts below to respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to five page paper.  You do not need to answer every single question included in the prompt you choose. 

*The multiple questions with each prompt are there to help you think through your response not for you to answer moving from one to the next.  If you answer all of them in that latter way rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.

*In responding to your chosen prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.

*Your paper should not be all (or even mostly) plot summary.  Briefly describe the events which you use to support your case. 

*As with your summer assignment, feel free to include illustrative quotes.  However, make sure that these add meaning to your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up space.)  They also should be properly introduced, as we discussed in class. 

*When possible and appropriate, refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses to craft Oedipus Rex and the effect that they have in responding to your chosen prompt. 

*Your paper should be in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins all around, and double spaced.

*Follow MLA format (Works Cited, etc.)

*Follow the standard conventions of written English.  Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point of view. 

Prompt Choices:
1.       The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in ancient Greece was inferior to that of men.  Many well-known Greek plays, however, center on major female characters.  These characters are fully formed and complex.  [Remember that Aristotle praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.]  Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or wives, they are depicted as villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes all three” (241).  Reflect on this statement in light of the character of Jocasta.  Does Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion?  Why or why not? (**You also could write a similar analysis of Antigone.)

2.      Find a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipus Complex.  Use this knowledge to write an essay that explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus Rex, fits with the Oedipus complex.  Are the components of the Oedipus Complex universal fears/desires?  Do you think Oedipus, the character for whom it is named, has this complex?  Why or why not?

3.      According to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes, Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’ kingship.  In this final scene, he explores Oedipus as a man and father.  According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has ceased to be the ruler of Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and much of the pathos is due to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’ rather than Oedipus the ‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in the audience leading to a stronger emotional experience.”  Do you agree with this evaluation of the play?  What do you think is the mood at the end?  Is it different in a way that is significant and that allows the reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus?  (You may want to think about these questions in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s suicide appear offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.) (**You also could write an analysis comparing how the audience is made to feel about Oedipus at the end of Oedipus Rex versus Creon at the end of Antigone.)

4.      Question 17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full question.)

5.      Prompt of your choice.  (You should run this by me to make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)

Due Date: November 12th, 2015 (Given the due date, this will NOT be a part of your first quarter grade).

Considerations of Greek Marraige


  • Check-in Quiz

  • Read through at least ten slides on the following page:  You can click through by pressing the arrows closely spaced above the page number.  Answer the following questions based on the reading:
    • What is Xenophon's text saying?
    • What does it suggest that marriage is based on (love, arrangement, practicality)?  Point to specific quotes to support your claim.
  • Text Discussion

  • Vocab Quiz Friday

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Intro to Antigone


  • Presentation (Gender in 5th c. Athens)
  • Antigone as a Homeric Hero
  • Complete chart
  • Read Sc 2 +3 (to line 801)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Test Review


  • Review Test
  • Read Sc. 1 of Antigone (through p. 23)
  • SPOTTTS due Tuesday

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Oedipus Rex in Adaptation


  • Continue viewing
  • SPOTTTS and vocab pushed to Monday
  • Make sure that fate charts actually are completed for tomorrow.  There will be no more leniency in classroom expectations for late and incomplete assignments.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fate vs. Free Will


  • Free Write: Is Oedipus' perepetia and subsequent catastrophe the result of fate or free will?
  • Selection stationary rotation
    • Complete chart as you go


Monday, October 19, 2015

Greek Terms in Use and Discussion of Sc. 4


  • Discuss course announcements
  • Using Greek Terms to describe Oedipus Rex
  • Discussion of Sc. 4


  • SPOTTTS due Friday: 
  • Oedipus Sample AP Questions due tomorrow

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oedipus in Translation


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Practice AP Oedipus questions
  • Make sure you have finished the play
  • Complete the handout on Aristotle's tragic hero
  • SPOTTTS of "October" for Monday.  Be on the lookout for feedback in the meantime.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Oedipus Sc 2 Analysis


  • Discussion of sc. 2
  • Hand in Part 1 questions tomorrow if you did not today
  • Read sc 3 including the next ode for tomorrow's class

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Irony Detectives


  • Review irony
  • Irony detectives worksheet
  • SPOTTTS due tomorrow
  • Vocab quiz tomorrow

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oedipus Rex Prologue and Sc. 1


  • Announcements
  • Discussion of Sc 1
    • Setting
    • Role of the Chorus
    • Characterization of Oedipus
    • Rhetoric of Oedipus' speeches
  • Read Sc. 2 for Monday
  • Answer questions at end of it for Thursday's class (p. 236 #3, 5, 7, and 8)
  • SPOTTTS due Friday
  • Vocab Quiz Friday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Greek Presentations II


  • Greek Presentations
  • Return to Fosterian Analysis
  • Read Act 1 and Choral Ode 1 of Oedipus Rex (It should be around p. 203 in your green textbooks.)
  • Vocab Quiz Friday
  • SPOTTTS due Friday

Monday, October 5, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

AP Practice


  • Vocab Quiz
  • AP MC Practice Review
  • Greek presentations due on Monday

Reading Between the Lyrics


  • Foster Review
  • Sample Music Videos
    • Weird Al's "White and Nerdy"
    • Emile Autumn's "Juliet"
    • Blue October "Into the Ocean"
    • Lana del Rey's "Summertime Sadness"
  • SPOTTTS due Tuesday
  • Greek Project due Monday
  • Vocab Quiz Friday