Nexus: Antigone and the Greek World
5th-CENTURY ATHENS LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE MODERN WORLD.
Chapters are LACED WITH DRAMATIC MINI NARRATIVES AND CAPTIVATING ANECDOTES THAT GRAB AND HOLD STUDENTS’ ATTENTION.
(SEE TEXT SAMPLES BELOW IN GREEN.)
In Antigone and the Greek World students explore the play and the period together, each shedding light on the other. For example, students investigate and answer challenging questions such as: how does Antigone’s behavior reflect the struggle between autocracy and democracy in 5th-century Greece and in similar political tug-of-wars today? How do Antigone’s attitudes and actions differ from traditional women of the period and from contemporary women? What are the similarities and differences between Ancient Greek governments and modern governments?
EVERY PAGE ENGAGES and STIMULATES CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING.
Students also explore the birth of democracy and the causes of the Peloponnesian War; they learn how Greek theater evolved and served as an arena in which political ideas competed (Creon’s politics vs. Antigone’s, submissive Ismene vs. strong Antigone, etc.). They read Greek vase art that employs visual metaphor and mirrors Greek drama, transcribe Ancient Greek music, choreograph a scene in the play (see Supplements menu), and emulate Archimedes’ discovery process.
“CURRENT STUDIES are revealing that adolescents undergo major developmental changes in their BRAIN NETWORKS—that is, in how the different regions of their brains “talk” to one another, co-regulate, and coordinate….It is the networks’ interdependence that strengthens the rationale for a whole learner approach to education, and likely explains why, when done well, such an approach is so powerful. – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, May 2020
The Educational Leadership article goes on to state that the brain has three interdependent networks, one of which is driven by emotions. When this emotional network is NOT stimulated, which is often the case in academic learning environments with traditional textbooks, the other brain networks do not function as well. “One can think of the kids’ emotional engagement…as fueling motivated thinking, either concrete or abstract, like the outboard motor that both pushes the boat and steers it.” Part of the reason the NEXUS approach is so effective is because it not only connects disciplines, it also connects learning to students’ emotional and experiential brain networks (see The Harlem Renaissance text samples in green, the Julius Caesar text sample under “Lesson on Shakespeare’s Language and the Writings of Julius Caesar,” Antigone text samples: “Antigone’s Challenge: Democracy or Dictatorship” and ”A Recipe for Tragedy: Aristotle and Oedipus Rex” (SEE BELOW), and the Macbeth sample text under “Lesson on Macbeth Themes: Fatal Passion and the War Within.”)
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Aligned with Common Core Standards. For secondary students.
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Cover Image of Greek Vase Courtesy of Toledo Museum of Art