Hamlet is a challenge for students and teachers alike, but this bundle will make it much easier to dive into Shakespeare's masterpiece with confidence!
This bundle is set a reasonable price because I've chosen to include structured resources that aren't repetitive of everything that's already out there for free. (That said, it works great to combine it with all those free discussion/journal/essay prompts available online!)
This zip file includes 9 major elements:
1. Background PowerPoint notes (presentation and student fill-in-the-blank versions both included): These notes cover Shakespeare's inspiration for writing Hamlet, themes and motifs, major characters, elements of a revenge tragedy, and the importance of Renaissance humanism to the play.
2. Study questions (student version and teacher key included): Questions to cover important plot points and the big ideas of all the scenes.
3. Impressions thus far of Hamlet: This homework sheet is best used during the first two acts to help students engage with the characters' personalities.
4. "To be or not to be" soliloquy analysis (student version and teacher key included): This fun activity breaks the challenging soliloquy into chunks and requires students to match it with the appropriate contemporary wording. Deep analysis questions follow.
5. Wrap-up worksheet (student version and teacher key included): This sheet includes activities for analyzing who should receive Ophelia's flowers, how the characters would interpret Hamlet's sanity, Gertrude's role in the tragedy, and the functions of Hamlet's foils.
6. Humanism wrap-up questions (student version and teacher key included): Students consider the elements of Renaissance humanism (introduced in the notes) and their relevance in the play and modern society.
7. Multiple choice test (student version and teacher key included): This 35-question test includes questions about the themes, motifs, and plot points. The questions are labeled by act.
8. Group project on a theme: This file includes directions and rubric for students to teach a lesson to the class about a theme from Hamlet. There's lots of room for creativity, but the expectations are clear.
9. The Minute Hamlet: This activity requires students to rewrite Hamlet in 20-30 lines of modern language. Students love this one. All you need to do is provide the directions (and the notebook paper if you're feeling nice) and they run with it. It's a great activity to assign when you have a sub, too!
I fine-tuned these materials over many years. They represent what's worked best for helping students understand the complicated plot details of Hamlet while getting them engaged in the intellectual and emotional elements.
I offer these materials individually:
Hamlet PowerPoint Notes
Hamlet Study Questions
Hamlet Worksheet: Impressions Thus Far
Hamlet's Soliloquy: To Be Or Not To Be Analysis
The Minute Hamlet: A Wrap-Up Activity
Hamlet Multiple Choice Test and Key
Hamlet Theme Group Project
...but this bundle offers a nice discount to have them all!