To Be or Not to Be: A Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet

In this 8-week class, students will analyze Shakespeare's play Hamlet and write a character analysis of one of the characters in the play.
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80 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


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Students will learn to analyze, understand, and write about a chosen character from William Shakespeare's classic work Hamlet. 
I have master's degrees in history, professional writing, and human services counseling. Other than having studied Shakespeare and other classic literature, plays, and poetry in my own higher education and/or on my own over the course of many years, I also teach my own high schoolers how to understand, interpret, and appreciate Shakespeare in our homeschool. I teach several critical analysis (including character analysis) classes via Outschool. For our homeschooling co-op, I teach middle schoolers and high schoolers how to examine classic and current poetry and literature as well as history. Classic literature and poetry are my passion. 
Each week, students will have a reading or writing assignment. In weeks one through five, students will be required to read one act of Hamlet to discuss during that week's class time.  In week six, students will be required to write an outline.  In week seven, students will be required to finish a rough draft and revise this draft into a final, three to five-page character analysis essay for presentation and discussion during week eight's class time.  
Students will need to bring to class materials for note-taking. They will need access to either word processing software or paper for writing their essays.  Hand-written essays will be accepted as long as they are formatted according to MLA guidelines.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will provide a letter grade and assessment of each student's participation and essay. 
1 hour 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a story of murder and insanity. It includes murder, suicide, and the insanity of characters.  This play may not be suitable for some readers. Parents should consider if the content is appropriate for their student(s). 
We will refer to William Shakespeare's Hamlet throughout the class.  


Kandy Crosby-HastingsHomeschool Teacher, MA History, MA Professional Writing, MA Human Services
128 total reviews
179 completed classes

About Me

My name is Kandy Crosby-Hastings. I teach history, classic literature, and writing classes. I am a homeschool parent of two sons, who are now teenagers. We have homeschooled for thirteen years. I also have experience working in the public school... 
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