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Amleth: Hamlet Introductory Activity | Digital and Printable

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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Choice between full text (11 pages) and abridged text (4 pages), both available in three different f
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This resource will kick off your Hamlet unit by introducing students to the Danish folktale that inspired Shakespeare's play: the legend of Amleth.

Reading Amleth is an ideal way to start off your students' study of Hamlet. This resource makes use of Oliver Elton's 1905 translation of Saxo Grammaticus' version of the tale, which gives students a chance to ease into the more challenging language of Shakespeare's text. Amleth allows students to preview the plot and some of the themes of the play without spoilers, because Shakespeare made plenty of changes to the legend in his own version!

The resource includes:

  • A full eleven-page version, and an abridged four-page version, for you to choose between based on the time you have available.
  • SIX different versions depending on whether you want the full text or an abridged one; whether you want a digital or a printable version; and whether you prefer to use PDFs or PowerPoint slides (which can also be uploaded to Google Slides).
  • Vocabulary support on every page, with a focus on words that also appear in Shakespeare's text.
  • Questions on every page to check for understanding, scaffold writing skills, and get students analyzing the text.


Teaching Hamlet this year? I also offer Scene by Scene Writing Tasks to wrap writing instruction into your unit, and Essential Question Discussion Questions for this play.

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Total Pages
Choice between full text (11 pages) and abridged text (4 pages), both available in three different f
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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