This is a pre-reading activity to use before beginning Shakespeare's Hamlet with students.
Student Directions: An Anticipation Guide is a set of questions answered before reading to introduce you to the conflicts and themes you will confront in your reading. In the pre-reading column, agree or disagree with the following statements based on your beliefs and opinions. There are no right or wrong answers here—this serves to stimulate your thinking as you begin reading the work. After reading, you will determine if the work itself supports or refutes the statements below. You will use textual evidence (line or page #’s) to prove this.
For Teacher Use: This anticipation guide references themes and concepts that lie within the text of the work; this helps to motivate students to make meaning for themselves and connect with the text before and after reading. The bottom of the guide asks students to choose a statement they feel strongly about in order to consider both sides of an argument on the issue. Also included are questions for students to answer to make personal connections to the text prior to reading.