WebQuest based on Sophocles’ Antigone

Antigone is probably my favorite of the Greek tragedies, which is only one reason I’ve hung on for two years to a link to a Web Quest based on the play.

The web quest was designed by Jennifer Thomas for 10th grade English class at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York.

The quest uses an artificial set-up (students pretend to be researching a presentation to the school board), but there is nothing artificial about either the activities or the issues students are to investigate.

Thomas has students work in three-person teams to investigate three issues raised in the drama: gender bias, suicide, and capital punishment.  After a team picks one of the three issues to investigate, team members act as historian, sociologist, and political scientist. They prepare oral presentations on their findings. Each student also writes an individual essay.

The sources and aids Thomas provides would enable other teachers to do a similar activity in their classrooms.

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