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Analyzing Character in Hamlet through Epitaphs
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
General arts and crafts supplies
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Students analyzing a play can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes. This interactive is aimed at secondary students.
- Epitaph Assignment
- "The Epitaph," (lines 117-128) from "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
- Epitaph Peer Review Form
- Student Epitaph Examples
- Epitaph Rubric
- Students should finish reading and discussing Hamlet before this activity takes place. They should be familiar with the plot and the major themes of the play.
- Make copies or overhead transparencies of the Epitaph Assignment, "The Epitaph" by Thomas Gray or another epitaph if you prefer, Student Epitaph Examples, Peer Review Form, and Epitaph Rubric.
- Ask students to obtain three-panel poster board or other materials suitable for the final display of their epitaphs. The presentation of students' epitaphs can be adjusted to fit classroom resources and space by using single sheets of poster paper, 11" by 17" paper, legal-size paper, construction paper, and so forth.
- Test the ReadWriteThink Drama Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.