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Hamlet Reading and Discussing Shakespeare

Janelle Fila
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In this 5-week class, students will read and discuss Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark #academic

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Act 1
Scenes 1-5
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Act 2
Scenes 1-2
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Act 3
Scenes 1-4
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Act 4
Scenes 1-7
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Act 5
Scenes 1-2
  • Week One: Act 1 (Scenes 1-5) Week Two: Act 2 (Scenes 1-2) Scene 2 is longer and will be broken down into 3 separate readings Week Three: Act 3 (Scenes 1-4) Week Four: Act 4 (Scenes 1-7) Week Five: Act 5 (Scenes 1-2) Scene 5 is also long and will be broken down into 2 separate readings
I have a Master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. I currently teach English Composition at a local nursing college. I have been blessed to discuss Shakespeare in the classroom multiple times, including my own high school reading experience! My high school English teacher was obsessed with Shakespeare and taught me the importance of understanding these often tragic plays. I learned a lot from her enthusiasm and hope to pass that passion on to my own students. I have read this play multiple times, but I learn something new every time I am exposed to this story. It is an excellent book to discuss because there is so much language and subtext to analyze. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions and feelings Shakespeare's writings stir up for them.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students will read one act a week on their own time in. Each act contains 2-7 scenes. Each week, students will have access to 3-7 new videos and a corresponding worksheet with vocabulary definitions, discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There is a weekly Kahoot and supplemental optional activities to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing. Please let me know if a grade is required.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Please let me know if you require a grade for this class.
The students will need their own copy of Hamlet to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the writing assignments. I use a well-annotated edition that explains difficult words and constructions in class, but students may want an annotated edition for their own reading as well.  
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From commonsensemedia.org: While there is no profanity -- apart from "damn" and "God" -- the dialogue is often hard to follow for those unfamiliar with Shakespearean plays. There are few positive messages from the movie, with characters motivated by revenge and power. A key theme of the movie is death, and while very little is depicted graphically, characters talk about it consistently, and several are killed both on and off screen. A character dies by suicide -- drowning -- but this is shown in abstract form. There are sword fighting scenes and some characters die after being poisoned. But it all feels dramatic rather than violent or scary. There is some depiction of drunkenness. Hamlet has a relationship with his mother, Gertrude, that's steeped in subtext. The Acts either contain many scenes or long scenes, which can be challenging for some readers. 
Joined June, 2019
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Master's Degree in Music or Theatre or Arts from Spalding University
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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