Hamlet Act 4 Scaffolded Activity

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10th - 12th
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10 + 15 Google Slides + 1 Google Form
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This breakout activity analyzing the meaning and significance of Ophelia's lines in Act IV provides three levels of learning. The activities could be combined in an effort of differentiation or completed one after another to increase comprehension. The three levels include:

  • Close Reading - 10 multiple choice and short answer questions based on a close reading of the Ophelia and Laertes' lines, building on comprehension, allusions, and context.
  • Informational Text Close Reading - This enhancement activity provides an article providing contextual information on the ballads Ophelia mentions in Act IV. Students must demonstrate close reading and comprehension by answering questions as they read.
  • Advanced/Analytical/AP Level - This writing prompt asks students to explain how Ophelia's lines in Act IV juxtapose with her words and actions from Acts I-III, as well as how it affects the tone of the scene. This question ties into the AP® Lit CED (STR 4.C) if being used in AP® Lit courses.

An answer key is included for all three responses.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


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