Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 3


In this lesson students will consider Sophocles’s unique plot structure, with a focus on how Sophocles manipulates time through flashbacks and the slow revelation of key details in the crime of Laius’s murder. This exploration will focus on the effect of mystery created by the structural decision to unfold the plot of the play in a non-linear trajectory, and how the process of piecing together these fragments of evidence results in a steadily increasing tension surrounding the question of Oedipus’s guilt.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g.,...

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