Hamlet Journal Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As your students read Shakespeare's ~'Hamlet~', it can be helpful to have them keep track of their ideas and questions in journal form. This lesson offers some topics students can write about in their journals to enhance their comprehension of the play.

Journal Writing and Hamlet

Are you reading Shakespeare's Hamlet with your class? If so, you have a challenging but exciting road ahead of you. The play deals with such complex themes as the relationships among different generations, the dichotomy between thought and action, and gender roles as they connect to power. Hamlet is a meaningful and important read, and having read it will help students take part in literary and cultural conversations for the rest of their lives.

At the same time, it is by no means a simple read, and students will need help in understanding the play and making sense of it on their own terms. By having students journal about Hamlet, you give them a chance to reflect on what they are reading without having to worry about their writing being judged. These journal topics are oriented toward helping students comprehend the play, its plot, characters and themes.

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