Using Muriel Rukeyser’s poem “Myth”, and an excerpt from Antigone, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, view supporting video clips, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays with commentary from an experience College Board reader. A link to an appropriate rubric is included to assist with scoring the essays generated from the activity. Links to an NPR story, commentary from the National Theatre, and a Ted Talk is provided. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. This lesson can be used when teaching Oedipus, Antigone, or independent of teaching these plays. Common Core standards, essential and key questions included. Lessons have opening, work session, and closing.
Key words: poetry explication, World Literature, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Muriel Rukeyser, Jean Anouilh, annotations, literary devices, Greek Mythology, Oedipus, Antigone, Creon