Luis Alfaro has adapted Electra, Medea, and now Oedipus the King using modern settings and dialogues from Southern California’s Latino community. Oedipus El Rey takes on the issue of the recidivism rate of Southern California’s prisons being the highest in the nation. This is a way to take a fresh look at the classic play and to better engage contemporary students.
Students will collect evidence for a persuasive essay, or argument, that focuses on the cultural, geographical, and physical surroundings of a play or novel, explored in The 2012 AP English Literature and Composition examination prompt. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.
Students will also close read and annotate a Chicago Reader review of the play. Students will view supporting video clips, such as a TED-Ed Talk and a TED Talk video on recidivism. Video and audio links to interviews with the playwright and director of the play are contained in the lessons. The resource can be used with the flipped classroom. Links are available in the resource for purchasing the play and to view excerpts of the play.
There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students.
These four lessons prepare students for AP English Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
In this resource, there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, Pre-AP, critical thinking, violence, World Literature