First performed around 1600, Hamlet tells the story of a prince whose duty to revenge his father’s death entangles him in philosophical problems he can’t solve. Shakespeare’s best-known play is widely regarded as the most influential literary work ever written. Check out sample lesson plans for Hamlet below.
Students will use this worksheet to learn how to write an analytical summary of a scene from Hamlet by using analytical verbs, precise nouns, and descriptive adverbs and adjectives.
Students will use this worksheet to explore the themes of uncertainty about death, the impermanence of life, and the process of grief by closely examining several quotes from the play.
Students will work in a group using this worksheet to create a visual literary map that explores how certainty and doubt affect a character’s choices, ideas, and actions
Students will use this worksheet to first identify the poetic and literary elements in the speech and then connect those elements to the thematic expressions revealed about Hamlet’s anxieties and inner conflict.
Students will use this worksheet to trace the instances Fortinbras appears in the text and compare Fortinbras’s and Hamlet’s motivations.