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Medea Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do you want to have fun teaching Euripedes' 'Medea?' With this lesson plan, begin with an in-class writing activity, use a text lesson to support peer critiques, and give your students a chance to share their creativity with an inspired Greek tragedy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the Greek mythology background of Medea by Euripedes
  • outline main plot points for the play Medea
  • list the main characters of Medea
  • explain what a Greek tragedy is
  • discuss the history and significance of the genre of Greek tragedy

Length

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Materials

  • Copies of Euripedes' Medea
  • A worksheet created using the two quizzes associated with the lessons: quiz 1 and quiz 2

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