This is a 54 page lesson plan for Antigone written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Considered by many the finest Greek tragedy ever produced, Antigone unquestionably won over ancient audiences, capturing first place in the Great Dionysia festival in Athens circa 442 BC. Sophocles set the play in Thebes in the Bronze Age, about eight hundred years before his time, and populated the play with heroic characters. In doing so, Sophocles was able to touch dramatically on some of the most significant themes and political issues of his own day, such as the primacy of the city-state in Athenian society, without calling attention to them directly; the setting of Antigone created for his audience a comfortable distance from the subject matter. A classic Greek tragedy in form, Antigone presents not just one but two heroes felled by their own tragic flaws. A young woman of unshakable integrity, Antigone suffers for defying a royal edict and aunting the laws of man, while Creon, the king, shows disrespect to the gods and is brought down by his hubris in defending the power of the state. Also in traditional fashion, all of the considerable violence in the play occurs offstage; characters bring reports of it into the drama, allowing audiences to experience catharsis."