Ch 7: Teaching Hamlet

About This Chapter

This useful chapter provides several resources for teaching William Shakespeare's Hamlet. You'll have the opportunity to review topics that can be used in discussion or essay questions and potential project ideas.

Teaching Hamlet - Chapter Summary

Hamlet is a play that features many complex themes and characters but this helpful chapter makes it easy to plan an instructional unit around it. Well-versed instructors give you an overview of the key themes, characters, context and setting as they illustrate examples of questions you can use in discussions, essay topics and study guides. This information is presented in an understandable, easy-to-follow format and also includes ideas for projects and an outline for planning a whole unit on the play.

How It Helps

  • Allows you to review key information: Before you begin teaching a unit based on this play, you'll want to refresh your memory of the main ideas, characters and plotline.
  • Provides helpful ideas: From an instruction unit outline to project and essay prompts, this chapter features several ideas that will help you teach Hamlet in your classroom.
  • Identifies questions that promote discussion: Sample discussion questions are provided from all five acts of the play to give you a jumping off point when planning your topics and questions for this unit.

Skills Covered

At the conclusion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Utilize the unit plan outline provided to create an instructional unit for teaching Hamlet
  • Incorporate some of the project ideas and essay prompts into your unit plan
  • Increase student discussion using the questions featured in this chapter

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Teaching Hamlet
Hamlet Act 1 Discussion Questions

1. Hamlet Act 1 Discussion Questions

Are you using Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet' in your class? Here are discussion questions for Act 1, listed by Bloom's Taxonomy, so you can reach students at their current level before pushing them to those higher order thinking skills.

Hamlet Act 2 Discussion Questions

2. Hamlet Act 2 Discussion Questions

If you're teaching Hamlet, here's a set of discussion questions that could be used for a discussion, a comprehension check, or a writing assignment. The questions are classified using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to make it easier to build higher order thinking.

Hamlet Act 3 Discussion Questions

3. Hamlet Act 3 Discussion Questions

If you're teaching Hamlet, these discussion questions on Act III should come in handy. They're ranked in terms of thinking level, so you can start with recall questions and build towards the upper ranks.

Hamlet Act 4 Discussion Questions

4. Hamlet Act 4 Discussion Questions

Are you teaching Hamlet and looking for discussion questions? Look no further! These questions for Act 4 are divided by thinking level to allow you to scaffold your instruction.

Hamlet Act 5 Discussion Questions

5. Hamlet Act 5 Discussion Questions

If you're looking for discussion questions for that crucial final act of 'Hamlet', then you've found them. Here are twenty questions broken down by level of thinking.

Essay Questions for Hamlet

6. Essay Questions for Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet offers students a variety of opportunities to grow as readers, writers, and thinkers. This resource contains essay topics that will help them focus and refine their thinking about the play.

Hamlet Study Guide Questions

7. Hamlet Study Guide Questions

This study guide will help your student(s) nail down the facts of the play and show what they know about the work's larger ideas. Use this guide as preparation for a test or as a comprehension check at the end of each act or the wrap up of the play.

Hamlet Project Ideas

8. Hamlet Project Ideas

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is a play rich with ideas and classroom possibilities. This lesson contains ten project ideas, from creative writing to video production, that will help students refine and strengthen their understanding of the play.

Hamlet Unit Plan

9. Hamlet Unit Plan

~'Hamlet~' can be an extraordinary play to teach, but it is far from simple. The unit plan in this lesson will help guide your instruction while freeing up your energy to attend to your students and their ideas.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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