These sites have sample questions and essay ideas about this tragedy by William Shakespeare. Read the entire play online. There are lesson plans and classroom activity ideas for teachers. Includes links to eThemes Resources on Shakespeare’s Life and Times and Drama for Students.
ThinkQuest: The Tragedies of William Shakespeare
This site gives students an overview of Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet." Includes a summary, ideas for stage and classroom use, and an online version of the play.
Read a short summary of the plot and see who the major characters of the play are. Includes a word search.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Read a summary of the play on the Tales from Shakespeare site.
The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke
View (and read) a scanned version of the 1623 folio/edition.
This study guide includes a synopsis of the play, learning activities, discussion questions, and essay topics.
Imagery in Hamlet
Students can select a line from the play and then write an original poem based on the imagery in that line with this creative learning activity.
BBC: 60 Second Shakespeare
Here is the plot of Hamlet presented as a tabloid newspaper story.
Grief, Guilt, and Revenge!
This page contains several activity ideas for exploring the themes of grief, guilt, and revenge as expressed in the play.
Verbal Workout: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
This site includes over 200 vocabulary words from Shakespeare's play, pre- and post-reading assignments, and a printer-friendly study sheet.
Giving up the Ghost: Ways of Seeing the Ghost in Hamlet
In this activity, students can examine different works of art to help understand the nonverbal elements of the play. There are links to additional "Hamlet" lesson plans on the left.
PBS: The Great Shakespeare Experiment
This lesson activity introduces students to Shakespeare and acting using the opening text of Hamlet.
Who is Gertrude, Really?
Students can explore the character of Gertrude by creating entries for an imaginary journal at pivotal moments in the play.
eThemes Resource: Shakespeare: His Life and Times
Learn about William Shakespeare, the places he lived, and the time period he lived in. Read the full text of some of his most popular works. Make a virtual visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage or Stratford-Upon-Avon. Try an interactive quiz to test your knowledge of Shakespeare, plus try to identify which words he invented. Visit an old Renaissance town and see what life was like in Shakespeare's time.
eThemes Resource: Drama For Students
These sites explore the theater and give ideas for including drama in the classroom. There is also information about the history of theater and the designs of theaters. Some sites list common terms used in the theater world. Also includes scripts for children, games, and lesson plans.
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