Language Objective: I will cite textual evidence and write a one-page argument about one of the central questions in Hamlet.
1. Read your Quarter 2 Book for 10 minutes.
2. Finish writing your one-page argument.
Choose one of the following questions to base your claim on (or come up with your own):
- Could the outcome of Hamlet have been prevented?
- Which character bears the most guilt for the outcome of Hamlet?
- Did Hamlet really love Ophelia?
- What was Hamlet’s “fatal flaw”?
- How is Horatio the hero of this play?
- Could Hamlet’s attitude towards women be considered unhealthy or sexist?
- Was Hamlet truly mad or was it all just an act?
Use the following structure for your argument:
- Paragraph 1: Your introduction and claim.
- Paragraphs 2-4: Evidence to back up your claim (textual evidence), explanation of textual evidence, and support (explanation how this evidence supports your claim)
- Paragraph 5: Counter-claim (textual evidence that shows that the opposite of your claim could be true) and rebuttal (explanation how this fails to disprove your claim)
- Paragraph 6: Closing (restate your claim and provide a summary explanation showing how your claim has been correct)
3. Grammar and spell-check your argument using Grammarly (sign up with your Google account)
4. Peer-review and share your argument with at least one partner and provide feedback on the following:
- Does the introduction of this paper flow well and include a clearly-stated claim?
- Does each paragraph contain a piece of evidence (cited correctly?) and does the author explain BOTH what it means and how it supports their overall claim?
- Is the counter-claim valid and does the author show how it ultimately fails to disprove their claim?
- Does the author summarize their claim and how they have supported it in the last paragraph of the argument?
5. Argument Reflection:
- List three new things you learned from your partner’s argument.
- Add two things they could improve in their argument.
- List one question you still have about Hamlet.
- Argument Reflection