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lesson 5
1 hour

Gertrude through Hamlet's Eyes


Students continue reading and analyzing Hamlet’s first soliloquy, lines 149–164 from Act 1.2 of Hamlet. Students engage in a discussion about the meaning of these lines and how Shakespeare develops Queen Gertrude through this soliloquy. Students also continue to work with standards RL.11-12.3 and RL.11-12.4 and talk explicitly about Shakespeare’s language that is “particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.”


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