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Hamlet - Study Guide

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare, unit study guide lesson plans for literature and reading from a Christian worldview with Biblical integration. Teacher resource curriculum, hands on ideas, projects, worksheets, comprehension questions, and activities.



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Through William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of death, revenge, and madness, students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn more about William Shakespeare.

Background Information: Learn about the Anglo-Saxons, the Christian roots of the Viking chieftain Canute, and Denmark’s control of Northern Europe in the early 1000’s. Find out about Kronborg Castle and the inspiration behind the story.

Before-You-Read Activities: Learn about European geography, informative report and research on depression, ghosts, travel videos, Shakespeare biography.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: includes in context, character study, couplet, aside, soliloquy, foreshadowing, summarizing, synonyms, paradox, dialogue analysis, dumb show, couplet, end-rhymes, chorus, compare & contrast, comic relief, main & minor characters, conflict, complications, protagonist/antagonist, tragic flaw, hamartia, theme, tragic play structure, revenge tragedies.

Moral Lessons and Character Values:  weakness and sin, revenge vs. justice, man’s place in the world, fear & indecision, death, prayer, guilt, insanity, reason & honor, spiritual fate, suicide, friendship,

Activities and Writing Assignments:  including Biblical ghosts & witches, Purgatory research, harbingers & moral decay, symbolic meanings of plants/flowers research, well-known lines & phrases, drama performance, time line, multiple essay ideas, multiple creative writing ideas.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more plays by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Hamlet. Movie suggestions included.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Recommended Grade Level:
Ancient Denmark
Shakespearean Tragedy, British Literature
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Bethine Ellie
For the Book By:
William Shakespeare
Study Guide Page Count:
67 pages