Revenge - Short Stories and Hamlet

Revenge - Short Stories and Hamlet
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Purpose: This assignment is great when covering any story that deals with the theme of revenge. Using the chart, students can compare and contrast the differences with how each character handles revenge. For this particular assignment, I used this after finishing Hamlet, but it can be easily modified for another story.

**Pacing is for a regular 55 minute class period**

Day 1: Begin by showing the video “Psychology of Revenge.” This video can be accessed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-eMTaPklBo. While students are watching the video, they complete the guided notes section. I play the video twice just to make sure students catch everything. Once finished, I have students complete the Hamlet column of the revenge chart independently and then we review it after 10 minutes.

Day 2: Read “Lather and Nothing Else” by Hernando Téllez independently or together. While reading and after reading, I have students complete the guided questions and text dependent questions that can be accessed at https://www.commonlit.org/. You will need to create a free account to access these questions. Finally, students complete the “Lather and Nothing Else” column of the revenge chart independently.

Day 3 & 4: Read “The Cone” by H.G. Wells independently or together. While reading and after reading, I have students complete the guided questions and text dependent questions that can be accessed at https://www.commonlit.org/. You will need to create a free account to access these questions. Finally, students complete the “The Cone” column of the revenge chart independently. “The Cone” is a longer story, so I suggest allowing one day to read and complete the guided questions and another day to complete the text dependent questions and revenge chart.

Day 5: Read “Ruthless” by William DeMille independently or together. While reading and after reading, I have students complete the guided questions and text dependent questions that can be accessed at https://www.commonlit.org/. You will need to create a free account to access these questions. Finally, students complete the “Ruthless” column of the revenge chart independently.

Day (6) OPTIONAL: Lead a discussion about whether or not revenge is ever justified. You can either complete this as a Socratic Seminar, Whole Class or Group Concept Map, or any other discussion strategy you want to use. The key here is to pick a strategy that will allow students to cite evidence from the stories to support their argument.
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