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lesson 3
1 hour

Developing a Mystery


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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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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