Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hamlet

Here we go... Leah wants to study Shakespeare.

And I picked Hamlet.

I remember when I was a little girl and my mother had a glorious dark blue volume of Shakespeare, the Penguin edition, and she kept it in her bedroom. I would always stand in her room and look at all of the books on her shelves which I couldn't read yet. And I just couldn't wait to be old enough to read it.

Now my daughter feels that way about my book of Shakespeare, which is the Riverside edition.


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Pacing:
I'm really excited about this... I've never taught Hamlet before! And now my 14 year old daughter wants to hang out with me and study it. It'll be so fun!

Here are my thoughts.

Pre-Reading Activities

    Monday, April 16
    Journal Prompts 1, 4, 8 (Signet)


    Tuesday, April 17
    Journal Prompt 2, 6, 7 (Signet)

    print all coloring pages


Act I

    Thursday, April 19
    read synopsis of Act I
    first reading of Act I

    Activities for Discovering Themes (Signet)
    create chart (have students make a chart for each scene in which they list primary characters, major actions and conflicts, resolutions, recurring images, and questions)

    coloring page (TpT) for
    This above all: to thine own self be true (I, iii)


    Friday, April 20
    second reading of Act I

    Considering Major Themes (Signet)
    journal/discuss how Shakespeare develops major themes in the play:
    Revenge
    Appearance vs. Reality
    Sanity vs. Insanity
    Decay and Corruption

    coloring page (TpT) for
    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (I, v)

    Lesson 1: Truisms
    from Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula
    by Gretchen Bernabei, suggested assignment on page 8


Act II

    Monday, April 23
    read synopsis of Act II
    first reading of Act II
    create chart as before

    coloring page (TpT) for
    Brevity is the soul of wit (II, ii)


    Tuesday, April 24
    second reading of Act II
    journal/discuss the development of major themes as before

    Lesson 2: Prompt Generator
    from Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula
    by Gretchen Bernabei, page 10


Act III

    Thursday, April 26
    read synopsis of Act III
    first reading of Act III
    create chart as before

    coloring page (TpT) for
    To be, or not to be: that is the question (III, i)


    Friday, April 27
    second reading of Act III
    journal/discuss the development of major themes as before

    coloring page (TpT) for
    To sleep; perchance to dream (III, i)

    Lesson 15: The Onion: Unlayering What We Know
    from Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula
    by Gretchen Bernabei, page 76


Act IV

    Monday, April 30
    read synopsis of Act IV
    first reading of Act IV
    create chart as before


    Tuesday, May 1
    second reading of Act IV
    journal/discuss the development of major themes as before

    Lesson 16: The Spin of a Coin (Finding the Paradox)
    from Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula
    by Gretchen Bernabei, page 81


Act V

    Thursday, May 3
    read synopsis of Act V
    first reading of Act V
    create chart as before

    coloring page (TpT) for
    Now cracks a noble heart, Good-night, sweet prince,
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (V, ii)


    Friday, May 4
    second reading of Act V
    journal/discuss the development of major themes as before


    Saturday, May 5
    watch Fiddler on the Roof as a family

    Lesson 17: Tevye's Debate
    from Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula
    by Gretchen Bernabei, page 84


Culminating Activities

    Monday, May 7
    Diorama Project (TpT) - choose 1


    Thursday, May 10
    Literacy Stations (TpT) - choose 2


    Friday, May 11
    Constructed Response (TpT) - choose 2


    Monday, May 14
    CSI Murder Board (TpT)


    Tuesday, May 15
    create abbreviated play script for group to perform

    some prop suggestions:

      female headpiece
      ghost costume
      swords/daggers
      black mourning bands
      poisoned wine goblet
      commoner hats
      crowns
      skull


    Thursday, May 17
    present final projects to the class


    Friday, May 18
    watch Richard Burton's Hamlet


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