Current Morning Lesson Block: Comedy and Tragedy

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  1. Finish reading Much Ado About Nothing
  2. Finish your Globe Theatre Illustration


Assignments 9/17

  1. Finish Antigone essay.  The essay should be a minimum of one page, maximum of two pages.  Type and double space.  If you do not have a printer, please e-mail to me prior to class on Friday.  Details of the essay are in the Comedy and Tragedy packet.
  2. Read Act II of Much Ado About Nothing.

Assignment 9/16

Work on Antigone essay (due Friday)

Read Act I of Much Ado About Nothing

Assignment 9/11

1. Finish reading Antigone.
2. Review today's notes and complete the left-hand review column.
3. Complete your illustration of the Greek theatron that we began in class today.

Assignment 9/10

1. Read Antigone p.78-109
2. Complete the review column of your Cornell Notes.
3. Rewrite one of the choral odes in contemporary language.  Do not summarize the ode; rather, rewrite it using words and images that feel more current. 

Here is an example from the ode on p.76.

Original: "Numberless wonders terrible wonders walk the world but none the match for man--that great wonder crossing the heaving gray sea, driven on by the blasts of winter on through breakers crashing left and right, holds his steady course and the oldest of gods he wears away--the Earth, the immortal, the inexhaustible--as his plows go back and forth, year in, year out with the breed of stallions turning up the furrows."

Rewrite: "What a wonder is the human being--nothing in this world can compare.  He can prevail over the forces of nature and even change the face of the earth for his own purposes.

Assignment 9/9

Read Antigone p.59-77.  Pay attention to the stylistic differences between the dialogue and the choral odes.

Review your notes and jot down main points or questions in the left column of your Cornell Notes.

Comedy and Tragedy - Course Description

The class explores three eras in Western theater: Ancient Greece, Elizabethan England, and twentieth century America. Students study plays from each period, examine the questions with which people wrestled, and consider how theater served as a platform for the exploration of these questions. The class introduces students to thesis-driven essays and literary analysis. For the final project, students may choose to build one of the three stages (the Greek theater, the Globe theater, or a proscenium stage), design costumes and character boards for a play, or memorize, rehearse, and perform a short scene from a play.