Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to Greek Drama......

Dear Humanities Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

 Journal #10 Greek Theater Review
1. Who is known as the "Father of Greek Drama?"
2. Why is he given this title?
3. Why was the "City Dionysia" so significant to the Greek people?
4. What did the playwright receive if they won the festival?
5. How many and what types of plays were presented?
6. Who selected the winner?
7. Why do more Greek tragedies exist in comparison to Greek comedies?
8. Explain the premise behind a Satyr play?
9. What is the Greek word for actor? How does this term relate to drama?
10. Why was the Greek chorus so important to Greek drama?

2. We continued with our discussion of Greek drama by completing the handout entitled "Greek Drama." We then reviewed and discussed questions regarding "Oedipus." At this point, we watched a clip from the Royal Shakesperean production of "Oedipus."

3. We then reviewed the three different aspects of irony found within "Oedipus."
            Dramatic Irony: When the audience has information that characters within the text to not possess.
            Situational Irony: When events occur that the audience does not anticipate.
            Verbal Irony: When a character's words are the opposite of their meaning.

4. We then started discussing the companion piece to "Oedipus" called "Antigone." I gave each student a copy of the myth and the play. We completed a flow chart of the characters within the story and then we read the myth together.

5. Journal #11 (yes, two in one class period) Agree or Disagree with Sophocles?
"Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable."
Do you agree with Sophocles? Why or why not? Is lying ever a justifiable choice? Justify your response with an example.

1. Plan a quiz covering "Oedipus" (for sure this time) on Thursday.
2. Review the different types of irony.
3.CER #1 is due on THURSDAY!