Lesson Plan

The Metamorphoses and Modern Poetry: A Comparison of Mythic Characters

To gain an appreciation of the power of point of view, class members compare Ovid's version of the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" with that used by H.D. in her poem, "Eurydice." Individuals then craft a reflection in which they use evidence from the two texts to consider how the differences change the meaning of the tale.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign class members different objects (a sock, a toy, a hat), have them craft a paragraph in which the object reacts to the world from its point of view, and have writers share their paragraphs with the whole class
Classroom Considerations
  • Second in a three-lesson unit using The Metamorphoses as a central text
  • Requires copies, one per pupil, of the "Orpheus and Eurydice" worksheet and the passage from The Metamorphoses
Pros
  • A link is provided to background information about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • A teacher version of the worksheet and possible answers to the discussion questions are included
Cons
  • None
Common Core