Orpheus

The love of Orpheus for his would-be bride Eurydice is insurmoutable—even by the curse of death. Take a poetic trip to the underworld as the honey-voiced Orpheus pleads for the life of his love with an enjoyable audio retelling.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members listen to the story independently, write a narrative summary, and compare their understanding of the plot to their peers'
  • Pause periodically during a class reading to check for understanding
  • Open the lesson with a journal prompt about a time when learners felt such extreme doubt that they failed in their endeavors
Classroom Considerations

  • Begins with an introduction; verse starts at 0:33
  • Consider providing a short synopsis of the story to readers before assigning the audiobook, or after one listening session
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • Includes a plethora of common images in Greek mythology, including the river Styx, Persephone, and Hades
  • Narrator speaks at an understandable and rhythmic pace
Cons

  • None