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Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Plot Diagram
  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Greek tragedy to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
Pixton Lesson Plan on Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

Main Characters

Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Oedipus from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Oedipus

    Protagonist and tragic hero

  • Jocasta from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Jocasta

    Oedipus’ wife and mother

  • Lauis from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Lauis

    Oedipus' king

  • Tiresias from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Tiresias

    Thebes' blind soothsayer of Thebes who warns Oedipus of the truth

  • The Chorus from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    The Chorus

    Represents the voice of society whose reactions show the audience how to react to the events onstage

  • Creon from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Creon

    Oedipus’ brother-in-law

  • Eurydice from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Eurydice

    Creon’s wife

  • Antigone from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Antigone

    Oedipus’ daughter and sister

  • Ismene from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Ismene

    Oedipus’ daughter and sister

  • Polynices from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Polynices

    Oedipus’ son and brother

  • Eteocles from Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles
    Eteocles

    Oedipus’ son and brother

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Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

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  • Candlestick
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  • Cane
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  • Mountain
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  • Nail
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  • Rope
    Rope
  • Sheep
    Sheep
  • Stage
    Stage
  • Sword
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  • Wagon
    Wagon
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Teacher Guide

Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

It is important for students to understand that while Sophocles wrote the play, Oedipus the King, he did not invent the story of Oedipus. Oedipus Rex was a tragic hero from Greek mythology. Homer wrote about Oedipus, as did many storytellers of Greek mythology. Sophocles was a playwright who created hundreds of plays for the Greek theater. Oedipus the King was his dramatic rendition of the already famous story of Oedipus.

Opening Discussion

Explain to students that Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy, and review the six elements of a tragedy:

  • Anagnorisis: The moment when the hero makes an important discovery.
  • Catharsis: The audience's feelings of pity and fear.
  • Hamartia: The hero's flaw that leads to his tragic downfall.
  • Hubris: A hero's extreme pride and disrespect for the natural order of the world.
  • Nemesis: The unavoidable fate of the hero, usually caused by his own hubris.
  • Peripeteia: The hero's experience of a reversal of fate or fortune.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Begin at the start of the story, and make additions throughout the story.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Elements of Tragedy in "Oedipus the King"

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the story, and make additions throughout the play.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Complete a Mind Map to illustrate one or more major themes in Oedipus the King

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster to illustrate the significance of symbolism in Oedipus the King

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What surprised you about the story of Oedipus?
  • The story of Oedipus inspired psychologist, Sigmund Freud's theory of the "Oedipus Complex." Do you think there is truth to the idea that every son loves his mother and hates his father?
  • What people and objects function as symbols in Oedipus the King?
  • What are the major themes of Oedipus the King?
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Pixton Activity: Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) 1 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Intro

Track major plot points while reading in order to complete the plot mountain at the end of the story.

Instructions

Summarize Oedipus the King using a Plot Diagram:

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point on the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion).
  • Identify the key points that are important to that specific point in the story.
  • Think about quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) 2 Elements of Tragedy in "Oedipus the King"

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the six elements of a tragedy:

  • Anagnorisis: The moment when the hero makes an important discovery.
  • Catharsis: The audience's feelings of pity and fear.
  • Hamartia: The hero's flaw that leads to his tragic downfall.
  • Hubris: A hero's extreme pride and disrespect for the natural order of the world.
  • Nemesis: The unavoidable fate of the hero, usually caused by his own hubris.
  • Peripeteia: The hero's experience of a reversal of fate or fortune.

Instructions

Create a 6 panel Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the six elements of a tragedy:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element, citing a literary example.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) 3 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create three Character Maps for Oedipus the King:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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