This quarter, the Grade 8 students were introduced to Greek Drama and they read Sophocles’s “Antigone.”
Each student was assigned a character and created a mask to represent it. The activity allowed the students to undergo the same creative process from a thousand years ago, when Greeks wore masks during performances. The students also had the chance to practice by doing table reads
Over two sessions, the class performed a dramatic reading. Apart from wearing masks, they internalized their characters and were acquainted with the bone of contention: divine will vs. human will.
This text itself is a jump-off point to the class’s next activity: debate.