Lesson Plan

Character Development and Relationships in Hamlet

Students will be able to analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Mark R.
Classroom teacher
San Diego County Office Of Education
San Diego, CA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • develop a collaborative character map in Mindmup for one of the major characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • create a virtual corkboard for one of the major characters in Hamlet using Padlet
  • create a fake Facebook page for one of the major characters in Hamlet using fakebook
  • develop a collaborative character outline in Google Docs for one of the major characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet

CCR Anchor Standards Addressed:
R.CCR.2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R.CCR.3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
R.CCR.6: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
R.CCR.10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
W.CCR.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.CCR.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

NoteApp
Free to Try, Paid

Objective: Demonstrate a good relative understanding of character's motivations, hopes, desires, and dreads through the creation of a wall of sticky notes in character's voice.

This assessment will be completed individually. Students will establish a new virtual corkboard at padlet.com. Then, using their collaborative character map as a guide, they will create 8-10 post-it stickies on their corkboard which indicate what is consuming their character's thoughts. Stickies must be in the voice of their character, but may be contemporary in language.

2 Direct Instruction

Evernote
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Objective: Students use Evernote to take notes on character traits, individual character motivations, and novel interactions. 

In a Evernote note, students will take notes on the elements of character where it pertains to motivation and interaction based on Teacher-created Prezi

 

3 Guided Practice

bubbl.us
Free, Paid

Objective: Demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the traits defining a character in Hamlet through the creation of a character trait map in Mindmup.

For this section of the assignment, students will be collaborating with peers who have the same character from the tragedy as they do. For example, all 4 Ophelias will collaborate, all 4 Hamlets will collaborate, etc. They will be collaborating on a character trait mind map looking at a few different aspects of their chosen character...

Aspects which must be covered:

  • Physical Description
  • Interactions With Others
  • Motivation of Character
  • Overall Perception

Each one of the aspects must be substantiated with 1 piece of textual evidence...

4 Independent Practice

Google Drive
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Objective: Students will be collaborating in Google Docs, starting with a new document and sharing the load equally throughout the writing process.

For this section of the assignment, students will be collaborating with fellow students who have the same character from the tragedy as they do. For example, all 4 Ophelias will collaborate, all 4 Hamlets will collaborate, etc. Students will be collaborating on a 1-2 page character analysis looking at a few different aspects of their chosen character...

Aspects which must be covered:

  • Physical Description
  • Interactions With Others
  • Motivation of Character
  • Overall Perception

Each one of the aspects must be substantiated with 3 pieces of textual evidence...

Each student will choose a different color to highlight their written work.

Rubric

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Exploring

Objective: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of character's personal interactions with other characters through the creation of a mock facebook page highlighting personal relationships between characters.

Assessment: This assessment will be completed individually. Students will build a Fakebook page for their character at  http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page. Then, using their collaborative character map and virtual corkboard as guides, they will develop their "wall" and create posts which not only reflect their character's place in the play, but that reflect their character, which they have had many opportunities to encounter.