This website is a game-show quiz of major plot twists and themes of Sophocles; Oedipus Tyrannus on The Classics Pages website. The game places the player in the position of an audience member. It is easy to follow and fun to play! The website has links to character descriptions and other useful Oedipus-information as well.
Type of Material:
This could be used as homework or in-class review of the play.
Internet access with plug-ins and pop-up windows. (Works best on Explorer. Chrome will do but encountered issues with Firefox due to the plug-in requirement, but that could be a firewall issue.)
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of this website is to involve the students or the users in a game to enhance brainstorming process in the English language.
Target Student Population:
This could be used for either high-school or introductory level literature courses in college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The user must be familiar with the play Oedipus Tyrannus (a.k.a. Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King) by Sophocles. The user must also be familiar with basic navigation of a web page.
It has great review questions and links to lots of different information about the play as well as the author.
The material has limited uses and does not include a true assessment tool. When the student gives a wrong answer, it merely gives them an explanation of why it is wrong, and then they can use the previous page button to answer correctly and move on to the next question.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material offers great questions to test the user’s knowledge of the play with links to more information.
This game encourages the students to seek knowledge in English. Accordingly, that would enrich the students' vocabulary and develop their reading skills as well.
The material is a fun way of reviewing the material, but there is no assessment built in and the “quiz” does not give a score at the end as users are able to go back to the previous page and change an answer to the correct one. The game also does not move forward unless you go back and change your answer to the correct one.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material is easy to navigate.
The site uses basic navigation, but there is no way to move forward unless you go back and correct a wrong answer. There is no explanation of the game either, such as basic rules.
Other Issues and Comments:
The game on this website meets the PG rating standards.
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