Shakespearean Soliloquy Fluency: A Close Reading and Analysis of "To be or not to be"

Hamlet's famous soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. Assuming the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, and others, learners deliver a line from the soliloquy. Groups then reread the speech, highlighting the punctuation, unfamiliar words, and figurative language. The class reconvenes to discuss how the language indicates Hamlet's emotions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a high-energy classroom to connect the text to learners' lives
  • Have class members come up with their own characters
Pros

  • Suggestions for other soliloquies appropriate for this approach are included
  • The packet includes detailed instructions for all the activities
Cons

  • None
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  • To be or not to be Text Marking
  • To be or not to be Text Marking
  • Vocabulary Chart - Hamlet, To be or not to be
  • Vocabulary Chart - Hamlet, To be or not to be
  • Figurative Language Chart - Hamlet, To be or not to be
  • Figurative Language Chart - Hamlet, To be or not to be
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