The readiness is all-Hamlet.
While I’ve always loved that line, I’ve never had a chance to use it in my own writing (until now). During the summer of 2015, I was extremely fortunate to participate in the Folger Summer Academy -an intense study of Hamlet. At that time, I taught 9th/10th–but all of the teaching strategies transfer nicely to Romeo and Juliet and Othello. Due to fate or providence, this year my teaching schedule changed to 11th/12th–which was obviously a mandate to share Hamlet with my new classes.
We did many of the activities I learned at the Folger Institute: two or three students act out a scene, while other students direct the actors, students formed groups and prepared a scene for the class. We did a “To be or not to be” face off where the lines were divided into two characters and 1/2 the class read one character, and 1/2 the class read the other character.
While the Folger philosophy is one that is a practice of students facing the language head-on and experiencing the plays directly, as an SDC teacher, I feel I need to apply further techniques to ensure close readings and understanding of the text. I will share four activities I did with different classes. Continue reading Reflection on Close Reading Projects for Hamlet