Practice with Persuasion—Order and Chaos in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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William Shakespeare wrote his masterpiece Hamlet, 400 years ago. Benedict Cumberbatch recently enacted the role for the National Theatre of England. Students will read and view supporting clips on the play and film, and learn the necessary elements to write persuasively on a theme.

Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the nature of order and chaos in the play. Included in the material is a link to a New York Times review on Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance.

The lessons feature an original prompt on exploring chaos and order literature. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. A student sample is provided. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar. There is a link to 11 AP style Multiple Choice questions on Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy.

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, politics, British Literature, theme
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Practice with Persuasion—Order and Chaos in William Shakes
Practice with Persuasion—Order and Chaos in William Shakes
Practice with Persuasion—Order and Chaos in William Shakes
Practice with Persuasion—Order and Chaos in William Shakes