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lesson 21
1 hour

How Characters Develop In Response to Death


In this lesson, students reread the scene at Ophelia’s grave (Act 5.1, lines 254–289) in order to analyze how Shakespeare develops the characters through their responses to Ophelia’s death. This lesson follows a lesson in which students completed a close reading of the scene that explored students’ literal understanding of the text and demonstrated how the setting of a scene impacts other dramatic elements. Previous lessons in the unit focused on analysis of central ideas or narrative elements. This lesson integrates both standards for a complex analysis of how character development impacts central ideas.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 21. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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