Planning to teach students how to undertake a close reading? This worksheet can help.
The following document contains:
a) A diction worksheet to help students track, organize, and infer the significance of each line of a Shakespearean soliloquy ("every word counts!")
b) A legend with definitions for the elements of diction
c) An exemplar demonstrating how the worksheet can be used for line 133 of Hamlet's first soliloquy ("O that this too too solid [sullied] flesh would melt")
d) A table copy of Hamlet's first soliloquy with a column for students to record their inferences based on ideas generated in the worksheet notes.
*See my companion piece to this lesson: a line-by-line original and in-depth close-reading of Hamlet's first soliloquy. It is available in my store
*Also see my companion piece to this lesson: a line-by-line original and in-depth close-reading of Hamlet's famed "To Be or Not To Be" soliloquy. It is available in my store, and has been peer reviewed.