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This is a four-week unit that introduces Greek tragedy using Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Antigone. The unit explores the elements of Greek tragedy to include the scene of suffering, the unities of time, place, and subject, and catharsis. The unit focuses on the literary elements of dramatic irony, archetype, and the motifs of blindness, and fate vs. free will.

The writing focus of the unit is expository emphasizing the idea of justice and decision-making. Students will use non-fiction texts such as Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Patriot Act of 2001, and the Freedom Act of 2015 to practice the skills of analysis and evaluation. By the end of the unit, students will use their understandings from the unit to formulate their own meaning of justice, how it relates to the greater good, and when/how they should take action to correct injustices.

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