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lesson 6
1 hour

Laertes and Ophelia: Gender Roles


In this lesson, students read and analyze lines 1–55 from Act 1.3 of Hamlet, Laertes’s farewell monologue to Ophelia and a brief conversation between Ophelia and Laertes. Students engage in a discussion about the meaning of these lines and how Shakespeare develops the characters of Laertes and Ophelia. This selection also provides an opportunity for students to engage with concepts such as gender roles, family duty, and chastity—concepts that arise again in Unit 3 in relation to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.


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