Written to meet the demands of the Common Core, this unit includes over 60 pages of creative, original, and challenging work. These lessons examine diction and tone, encourage annotation and close reading, and engender reflection and critical thought. They guide students toward discovering important themes: the struggle between obligation and desire, fate and free will, love and hate, faith and the loss of faith, loyalty and rebellion. But they also strive to breathe life into Shakespeare's work and to celebrate the beauty and humor and tragedy of it. There are acting lessons, interactive group assignments, opportunities for laughter and reflection. A search online will reveal a treasure chest of ideas for teaching this play, but the ones offered here are all original. Add them to your repertoire or use this unit as is. Click on the link to see the Table of Contents!