William Shakespeare wrote his masterpiece Hamlet, 400 years ago. In Act V, Scene 1, two grave diggers provide comic relief just before Hamlet and Horatio arrive. Hamlet will end up holding Yorick’s skull and pontificate about life and death.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the revelation Hamlet has concerning death. Included in the material is a link to an Atlantic Monthly article about our culture’s fascination with skulls, including Yorick’s skull.
The lessons feature an original prompt on rhetorical analysis on the graveyard scene from Hamlet. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar. There is a link to 10 AP style multiple choice questions on Hamlet in the graveyard.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, philosophy, British Literature, theme