Language Objective: Students will read, discuss, and analyze Hamlet's Soliloquy in Act III, scene i.
1.) Bell Work: Read your independent reading books for 15 minutes.
2.) After reading, write for 5 minutes about what stood out to you in your reading. Remember that this is a reading journal and cannot just be your summary of your reading.
3.) Introduction to Shakespeare's Hamlet: We will be covering some of the fundamental scenes and characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's most famous play, over the next five class periods. We will take a look at Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy, the advice Polonius gives to his children Laertes, and Ophelia, then focus on the main characters of the play and look into possible alternative endings of Shakespeare's tragedy.
4.) Watch a brief video summary of Shakespeare's Hamlet here.
5.) To learn more about Hamlet's Soliloquy, watch Shakespeare Uncovered with David Tennant from 16:10 to 21:20 (though you are welcome to watch the entire episode as well) here.
6.) While watching these five minutes, fill out the What Is A Soliloquy organizer to familiarize yourself with Hamlet's Soliloquy.
7.) Group Assignment (make this up individually if you are missing this class period):
Read Hamlet’s soliloquy from Act III, Scene i once as a group (preferably aloud).
After reading, appoint the following roles:
1.) Word Identifier: use the Dictionary App on your group’s iPod to look up and write down definitions for any words you don’t know. Highlight or underline these words in the text and write definitions into the margins and between lines. Also, find synonyms for these words that we would use today.
2.) Summarizer: mark Hamlet’s individual thoughts during his Soliloquy and summarize each of his thoughts. Afterward, write a short summary of the overall soliloquy.
3.) Translator/s (2): Translate Hamlet’s soliloquy into modern English line by line. You may write into the margins or between lines.
8.) Turn in your Soliloquies to Ms. F. at the end of this period.
- Reading Journals
- Hamlet's Soliloquy