Post-Reading Activities for Hamlet

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is one of the most important works of literature your students will ever encounter. The activities in this lesson are designed to help them synthesize and analyze what they got out of reading the play.

Why Post-Reading Activities Count

If your students are about to finish Shakespeare's Hamlet, you've probably already had numerous discussions about the play and its meaning. Still, what students do after they've completed the reading can make a major difference in what they take away from it.

Post-reading activities can cement the play in students' minds and push them toward deeper analysis of themes, plot and characters. Post-reading activities can also help students with different learning styles and strengths access the play on different levels.

Activities for Analyzing Characters

The characters in Hamlet are memorable and complex. These activities will help students think about what each character stands for and how the characters change over the course of the play.

Character Profile

Have your students work in small groups for this activity. Explain that each group should choose one character from Hamlet to focus on. Their job is to create an imaginary social media profile for the character. They should include attributes, hobbies, relationship status, likes and dislikes, favorite quotes, and anything else they find telling. Then, have your students share and comment on each other's profiles.

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