Free lesson Plan on Conflict in Antigone to compliment SpringBoard Curriculum

Companion Text: Antigone by Sopholoces Teks:E2.6A Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Literary Nonfiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural

Set a purpose for reading:

Have students read the following scene from Antigone, and mark the text for evidence of each character’s motivations and beliefs. Students should work with a group to record and analyze a textual evidence

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Possible Annotations from Antigone Excerpt

Lines 425-440 
Antigone is turned in as the guilty culprit. She delibrately breaks the laws and buries the body of Polyneices. In this scene she is taken to Creon for her verdict.
Lines 440-470 The guard starts to explain how they caught Antigone in the act

Lines 490
The guards were met with little resistance from Antigone, she did not even deny the fact that she buried the body.
Lines 508–518Antigone starts to explain her reasons and that laws established not by gods are not enough to be followed.
Lines 576–580Creon is aghast by her views and believes that others don’t have the same views but Antigone retaliates.
Line 650Creon makes a decision to kill Antigone which is his son’s betrothed wife.

Text Dependent Questions with Answers

Use the following reading and your annotations to answer the following Text Dependent Questions

Key Ideas and Details: In lines 437–450, what are the guard’s feelings aboutreturning to speak to Creon? Why does he refer to himself as “the lucky man” inline 447?
He feels relief when returning to Creon because he brought the culprit behind the burial.He refers to himself as a lucky man to insinuate that he is free from blame.
6. Craft and Structure: Why is the windstorm significant in the development of theplot? What explanation does the guard give for its cause?
The windstorm basically is a sign that gives away and points out who buried the body and in this case it led the guards to Antigone.The guards think that the windstorm was sent by the gods.
7. Key Ideas and Details: In lines 508–518, Antigone clearly states her rationalefor acting against Creon’s proclamation. How can you connect her reasoning tothe play’s themes so far?

Antigone says that Creon’s laws do not have to be followed as they were not enforced by gods so they have no relevance.She says this to empower her views on justice.
8. Key Ideas and Details: Why does Antigone admit what she has done eventhough she knows Creon will punish her? Provide evidence from the text tosupport your inference.

She knows that she’ll die anyway but she just wanted to honor her brother, but the choice to bury the body only made things worse as it was wrong.”I bring this girl, captured while she was honouring the grave”
9. Craft and Structure: What is the meaning of the metaphors Creon uses in lines538–542? What do they imply about how he will treat Antigone?

He uses metaphors to describe Antigone’s punishment and shame.This means that he will treat her as any person even if she is family,she will receive a harsh punishment.
10. Key Ideas and Details: In lines 570–577, what key point do Creon and Antigonedisagree on?
They disagree on what justice is,they both have different views on justice.

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