This project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to analyze conflict and themes in Antigone by Sophocles and connect them to relevant issues today.
The final student product allows students to design a movie pitch (prospectus) for their own interpretation of an Antigone movie that stays true to the major themes and conflicts of the play. The opportunity for student choice and creativity elevates student engagement and encourages collaboration. Rigorous analytical questions encourage depth of learning, and a multiple choice test holds students accountable for comprehension.
Whether you are new to project-based learning or a seasoned professional, this unit plan provides clear instructions on how to make sure your students always know the bigger picture of what they are learning.
Students will answer the driving questions: Why do characters with “fatal flaws” still resonate with audiences today? To what degree should one go to preserve self-interest versus acting on behalf of the common good?
They will follow these steps to deeper understanding of the conflict and themes:
B1: Students will be able to recall important events and concepts of Greek drama.
B2: Students will be able to interpret Greek tragedy.
B3: Students will be able to analyze theme and conflict in a play.
B4: Students will be able to design a prospectus for their own interpretation of a Greek drama that stays true to the major themes and conflicts of the play.
This complete unit includes the following:
Lesson layout with detailed description of the project process
Entry presentation that introduces background information of the author and play, plus final project goal, driving question and benchmark scale
Background of Greek Drama presentation
Two reflective journals
Reading schedule and discussion topic suggestions
Analytical discussion questions and KEY!
Greek Drama and Antigone multiple choice test and KEY!
Group contract template to keep groups accountable and focused
Making a Movie final product assignment sheet
Making a Movie final product rubric
All components delivered as one pdf. Working google docs are all linked in for easily editable versions of all documents (simply make a copy and edit!)
If you are interested in just the summative assessment, check out Making the Movie Creative Summative Assessment for any Fiction Text!