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In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two to three 50-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Mary Callahan

Medford, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Chart paper

  • Computers with Internet access

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1. Select four passages from a poem, novel, or play your class is studying that feature the same character in each. This lesson uses Hamlet; passages are accessible online at Hamlet: List of Scenes. Bookmark these passages on your classroom computers for students to access during the lesson or copy them onto chart paper. Students will read the passages in small groups during Session 1.

2. Explore and bookmark Elizabethan England and the World of Shakespeare, The Ophelia Page, and Shakespeare and His Critics on your classroom computers. These websites are good resources for background on Shakespeare's life and context and for diverging views about the character Ophelia over various time periods.

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