Lesson Plan

Oedipus the King's Family Tree

Students will be 1:1 with Ipads and will be using the app Mind Vector to create a family tree for the character Oedipus in Sophocles's play Oedipus the King.
Stacy L.
Classroom teacher
Minden High School
Minden, United States
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My Grades 8, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

1. Create a family tree flow chart of Oedipus to show the connections between him  and the other characters.

2. Use Mind Vector to create a clear and visually appealing flow chart.

3. Make the family connections between the characters in Oedipus the King.

4. Define the Oedipus complex.

English Language Arts
Grades 9
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

1. Ask students to take out their character description charts to use as a basis for this activity.

2. Ask the question to the class: Besides father, what other name could Oedipus be called to his children?

3. Discuss and define the term Oedipus Complex. This term is described as the unconscious emotions and feelings a child has for a sexual relationship with the parent of the opposite sex.

Student Instructions

1. Take out your completed Character Chart.

2. Answer the question: Besides father, what other name could Oedipus be called by his children? (Use your chart if you need to)

3. Define the term Oedipus Complex.

2 Direct Instruction

1. Student will read the  the article titled "Oedipus Complex" from Changingminds.org . This will be read individually.

2. They will be responding to the following questions:

     1. What are some jealousies a child might have?

     2. What happens when a child goes through the transition stage?

     3. Describe Freud's thoughts about this stage.

3. When coming together as a class and discussing the questions, I will use the Mind Vector map in order to outline our thoughts about these three questions.  The students' responses will be featured in the thought bubbles.


3 Guided Practice

1. Students will now be creating a Mind Vector of their own showing the relationships between Oedipus and the rest of his family. Students will first need to use their own Ipad to open up the app Mind Vector (it is also available online if the app is not working).

2. Instruct students to click on the center bubble and type in the name Oedipus. Show this on the screen for their benefit.

3. Instruct students to make a connecting bubble to him and title that "Jocasta (wife/mother)." They must include the name and connection in parenthesis. We are now showing that there is a connection between the two. Advise students they can change font and color in order to organize the characters.

4. Once students have completed these steps, they now have the skills needed to complete the rest of the family tree on their own. Advise students to use their character chart to help them  fill in the tree.

4 Indvidual Practice

1. Students will work on their own Ipad to create a Mind Vector map of Oedipus the King's family tree. It will look a bit odd.

2. Students must create the connections between the characters and label them correctly.

3. Make sure to save the map along the way in case of poor connection or power fluctuations.

4. When finished with your map, please print them out and write your name on it.

5 Final Instructions

Activity: Presenting

1. Remind students to hand in their finished product to the basket for a grade. 

2. Discussion question: Overall, what word would you use to define Oedipus's family tree? Should we call his situation an Oedipus complex, even though he knew nothing about marrying his own mother? 

3. Show the finished map on the smart board and ask students how close they believe they came to the finished product.