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Medusa:
My Side of the Story

Use our fantastic video and play for a great
activity on point of view and theme.

SUMMARY: Everyone knows Medusa as a loathsome monster. Once, though, she was a regular human being. In our video, Medusa explains how she became a gorgon and what it's like to be a hideous creature. Use it in conjunction with our play, The Hunt for Medusa’s Head, to analyze theme and point of view. The lesson culminates in a reflective essay.

Note: We recommend loading this video before your class begins,
to avoid buffering pauses—especially if you have a slow Internet connection.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Write the following essential question on the board: How can point of view change the conclusions you draw about a character?

2. Before reading our play, The Hunt for Medusa’s Head, direct students to the “As You Read” box on page 15. Tell them to look for the theme that “goodness is rewarded and evil is punished” as they read the play.

3. Assign roles and read the play, The Hunt for Medusa’s Head. As students read, ask them to take notes about Medusa. What kind of monster is she? How do the other characters view her? After reading the play, briefly discuss students’ notes. Is Medusa evil? Does her fate support the theme that “goodness is rewarded and evil is punished”? In what ways? Students will probably conclude that Medusa is evil—a killer hated by all—and that she deserved her fate because she had turned so many people to stone.

4. Now play our video, “Medusa: My Side of the Story” (above). After watching, ask the following questions. (You can also assign them as short-answer questions for written response.)

  • Did your thoughts and feelings about Medusa change after watching the video? In what way?
  • The video tells Medusa’s story from her point of view. How do you think this affects the way the audience feels about Medusa? Explain.
  • Does the video support the theme “goodness is rewarded and evil is punished”?

5. Have students write a reflective essay in response to the essential question, “How can point of view change the conclusions you draw about a character?” They should use details from the play and the video to support their ideas.

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