Lesson Plan

Unit: Hamlet

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Encourage readers to determine if Hamlet's madness is actually divinest sense. Class members analyze the words of the play before studying related texts, including T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," scenes from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," and several articles by literary critics. The culminating AP-style essay then asks individuals to use what they have learned to analyze the essential question of Hamlet's sanity—or lack thereof. Truly, a resource devoutly to be wished.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Find an online video with various actors reciting lines from Hamlet's soliloquy
Classroom Considerations
  • Given the difficulty of the various texts and the amount of independent reading required, the unit is most appropriate for honors or AP level ELA classes
  • The 23-page packet includes 16 detailed lessons, links to all supplemental resources, discussion questions, and a writing prompt taken from the 2001 AP Literature and Composition exam
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