Activity Overview

As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This character map allows students to recall relevant information about important Antigone characters. When reading a play, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Clicking "Use This Assignment" will copy both the example above as well as a blank template for you to customize as desired. You may want students to start from scratch, or provide them with the questions and characters! Printing it as worksheets, for your students to complete while reading, is a fast and easy way to incorporate this character map into your classroom.

Antigone Characters

AntigoneDaughter of Oedipus, sister to Polynices and Eteocles, betrothed to Haemon, niece of Creon. She is the main protagonist, and seeks to do what is morally right by obeying the law.
EteoclesEldest son of Oedipus. After Oedipus leaves Thebes, he instructs his two sons to take turns ruling. However, Eteocles refuses to give up his seat to Polynices, and the two go to war, both dying. Creon sides with Eteocles and gives him a proper burial.
PolynicesThe younger son of Oedipus, he is left unburied by Creon. Antigone risks her life to give him a proper burial.
IsmeneOedipus' other daughter. When Antigone tells Ismene the plan to defy Creon, she tries to convince Antigone not to go against their uncle. When Antigone is sentenced, Ismene tries to claim she helped, though she did not.
CreonBrother-in-law of Oedipus who becomes king after Oediups' sons kill each other.
HaemonCreon's son and Antigone's fiance. He attempts to kill his father when he finds Antigone dead, but kills himself instead.
EurydiceCreon's wife, Haemon's mother. She kills herself out of grief.
OedipusThe former King of Thebes who left the kingdom after he found out that he killed his father and married his mother.
TiresiasA wise blind prophet.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Antigone and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Classical Era" or "Greek Mythology" tabs to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for Attributes, Quote Showing Pride, Quote Showing Belief in Fate or Free Will, and Effect on Plot.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

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