Dominic Dromgoole, director of the Globe Theatre, is the author of the book that chronicles the travels of the acting troupe that spent two years performing Hamlet in nearly every country in the world. The book, Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play is reviewed in The New York Times Book Review by Stephen Greenblatt, in an essay that is studied in this resource.
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the argument the experience of Hamlet, the play. There are links to a TED Talk on Shakespeare. The resource features an original prompt based on responding to a Dominic Dromgoole quote about the experience of watching a play. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, refutes, or qualifies the Dromgoole quotation.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from a Charlie Rose interview with Stephen Greenblatt on Hamlet. The resource uses an NPR story, and includes a podcast interview with Dominic Dromgoole accompanied with images from performances of Hamlet around the globe.
Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Shakespeare, Hamlet, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom