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lesson 4
1 hour

Hamlet from Two Perspectives


Students begin reading Hamlet’s first soliloquy in which he laments his situation and mourns for his father. Students continue to focus on the development of Hamlet’s character. They consider the impact of Shakespeare’s choice to introduce Hamlet from two perspectives, first from Claudius’s point of view, then in his own words. After listening to a Masterful Reading of the full soliloquy, students engage in a group discussion of the development of Hamlet’s character at the beginning of the soliloquy.


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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 4. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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