Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 18

The punishment must fit the crime, even for a king. Sophocles' Oedipus the King meets its grisly end with a lesson that focuses on the conclusion of the play and Oedipus' self-assigned punishment. Learners connect the symbolism of his newfound affliction to the prophecy of his fate, as well as to the central theme of the play.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals journal about whether they believe Oedipus' punishment is too harsh or not harsh enough
  • Encourage groups to record their responses to the discussion questions and to share out their responses
Classroom Considerations

  • The 18th of 20 lessons in a literary analysis unit

  • Provides both a blank and model version of the annotation tool for the conclusion

  • None