This overview of tragedy prepares students to study Shakespeare's tragedies, a Greek tragedy, or a more modern tragedy (such as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart). This lesson plan includes a 15-page slide presentation on the history of tragedy, key terms, and authors, as well as fill-in-the-blank notes to help students follow along with the lecture. A black-and-white printable version of the lecture, as well as completed notes, are also provided.
Greek Theater design
Definition of tragedy, catharsis, fatal flaw
Elements of Greek Tragedy
Most famous Greek tragic playwrights
3 Challenge Questions to encourage class participation
Overview of Oedipus the King
List of Shakespearean tragedies