The Trial of Hamlet

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Hamlet, that is not a rat behind the curtain, it is Polonius, and now you’re on trial for his murder. Class members practice and develop close reading skills, discover how a trial works, get the involved in the trial as the judge, witnesses, and prosecution or defense attorneys, and develop analyses and arguments bases on the text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the results of the trial to develop writing prompts, or to supply textual evidence that the writers can use for a literary analysis    
Classroom Considerations
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  • Criteria are included for how to assess the groups. 
  • The resource presumes class members are familiar with courtroom procedures