Antigone Activities & Project Ideas

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

''Antigone'' is a play that lends itself wonderfully to activities and projects, which can help enhance students' comprehension. This lesson offers some activity and project ideas to get you started.

Why Do Antigone Activities and Projects?

If your students are reading Sophocles' play Antigone, you might be looking for ways to deepen their understanding of this complex play and also help them appreciate it more. One way to achieve both of these goals is to incorporate creative projects and activities into students' reading of the play. Whether you do these activities in the middle of reading the play or upon completion, they will help make the play more memorable and comprehensible. Becoming involved in a project or activity will also enhance students' critical thought about the play and ability to make connections between the lessons in Sophocles' work and themes from their own lives.

Act Out a Scene

An obvious, but still powerful, activity is to have students act out one or more scenes. One way to enhance this activity is to break students into small groups and have each group act out the same scene. When they watch one another's performances, they may be struck by similarities or differences between their dramatic interpretations. Acting out scenes from Antigone will also help students consider the complexity of the Greek dramatic structure on a more intricate level.

Sculpture of a Greek Theater

Ask your students to do some background research on the important role of the theater in ancient Greece, including the significance and symbolism behind the architecture of the theater as well as the seats in the audience. Then, have them use cardboard, clay, or other sculpting materials to make models of a theater in which the original Antigone may have been performed. When students share their models, discuss how the play might have been enhanced when performed in its original setting.

Debate on Creon's Leadership

King Creon's somewhat dictatorial but arguably well-intentioned leadership style is one of the central themes of the play. Divide your students into groups for a debate about Creon. One group is responsible for arguing that Creon is ultimately a good king, while the other group is in charge of arguing against him. Both groups should spend time preparing quotes from the text that contribute to their argument. Then, stage an actual debate with yourself or some other neutral party as a judge. Leave time to discuss how the debate contributes to students' understanding of Sophocles' message.

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