William Shakespeare has been called the “bard’, arguably greatest writer of all time. His Hamlet, is the greatest of his plays. Vishal Bhardway who adapted Macbeth and Othello, then adapted Hamlet to complete his Shakespearian Indian cinema trilogy and sets Haider, the film, in 1990s Kashmir where India and Pakistan heighten political tension. It is the presence of intentional deception in the film and play that make compelling characters for audiences and readers to observe. The lessons work on collecting details for an essay assessment modeled on the 2016 AP Literature prompt on deceptive characters in literature that fits in well into any Honors Literature class, British Literature, or AP English Literature class.
Students will study a persuasive review from Road & Kingdom of the 2014 film of Haider. Also, students will work with two different scenes from the play and film, as a link is provided to the text and video performance of play and film. You can purchase the DVD on Amazon.com with English subtitles or use the resources present in this purchase for teaching the English content of the film to your students. Teacher-made videos to help students understand the Hindi segments of the film are available. Students will close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, and listen to a NPR stories on Haider and Shakespeare. There is a link to a documentary available that explains the Kashmir conflict in the 1990s to your students. There is also a link to a 10 question multiple choice assessment from Hamlet. This is an excellent opportunity to add a new twist to your teaching of Hamlet. You can also teach the Haider unit independent of teaching Hamlet as well.
There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students. These four lessons prepares students for AP Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American and World Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Literature, Pre-AP, critical thinking, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Hamlet, AP English Language