This online text is a short explanation of the concept of a “self-fulfilling prophecy” and its appearance literature. Two real-life examples of self-fulfilling prophecies are a person believing he or she will gain weight and therefore eating more during the holidays and someone believing that a family reunion will be miserable and making it miserable by having a bad attitude. The text also gives two examples of self-fulfilling literature, explaining how the concept of the “self-fulfilling prophecy” plays into the stories of Oedipus Rex and Harry Potter. This text does not explain how the “self-fulfilling prophecy” pertains to “Macbeth,” which I like because the reader has the challenge of figuring out for himself or herself how the literary term applies.
“Self-fulfilling Prophecies” would be an appropriate text for a lower-level reader. The text is short and repetitive and focuses exclusively on one main idea, the concept of the self-fulfilling prophecy. The language used is direct and modern and the real-life examples the text provides are familiar situations found in most students’ lives. Maybe not many students are familiar with the story of Oedipus Rex, but most have at least heard of Harry Potter.
Use in Class
As part of the unit, I want students to use the five finger rule to select texts that they will read independently. Students will perform guided reading with these texts, looking for terms, passages, claims, or insights that can be brought to bear on a larger discussion of questions about Macbeth. One of the main issues we will explore is the role of destiny and free will in the tragedy. Together, we will question the extent to which Macbeth is responsible for his own fate.
Although this text is the shortest and lowest-level in terms of reading difficulty, its main concept would be extremely relevant to written and spoken discussion of “Macbeth.” This allows students to work with a lower-level differentiated text while still having a meaningful concept to contribute.
Submitted by Julia Katz