Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS

Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
Compare & Contrast Poetry, Hamlet, Rudyard Kipling, Literary Analysis, CCSS
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Help students analyze how a similar theme is developed in three different mediums by using Rudyard Kipling’s timeless poem “If,” Polonius’ advice to his son in a brief monologue from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and a newspaper columnist’s Guide to Life that went viral in the late 1990s. (Remember that whole “Wear Sunscreen” thing?)

This fun, attention-grabbing lesson was built to entertain and challenge high school students in grades 9 through 12, though advanced middle school students will also enjoy the materials.

The 6-page PDF includes:

• Detailed, step-by-step lesson procedure suggestions

• One-page attractively designed presentation of Rudyard Kipling’s “If” poem and Polonius’ “To thine own self be true” monologue to his son Laertes from Act 1, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (includes wide margins to make annotation easier)

• Critical-thinking question handout that requires students to dig back into both texts and their own minds to find the answers

• Detailed answer key, designed to make grading easy and help you guide class discussion

• Optional creative writing activity where students flip the script and build their own Guide to Life, giving advice to middle-aged adults about how to live a full and satisfying life

• Links to modern text and video content

Due to the reflective nature of these pieces, this lesson works especially well as an end-of-term activity.

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NOTE: This item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
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