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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Name: Elizabeth Garbett

Content Area: English

Grade Level: 11-12

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

CCSS.ELA-RL.11-12.1
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-RL.11-12.2
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the
text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective
summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-RL.11-12.3
Analyze the impact of the authors choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama
(e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and
developed).
CCSS.ELA-RL.11-12.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and
connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with
multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well
as other authors.
CCSS.ELA.W.11-12.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly
and accurately through effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA.W. 11-12.6
Use technology, including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products
in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information
Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

Students will be able to answer these questions after reading the play:
1. What are the major themes presented in Shakespeares Hamlet?
2. How does Hamlets character progress through out the play?
3. How are Gertrude and Ophelia similar and/or dissimilar? How are they treated by the male characters through

out the play?


4. How are Hamlet and Laertes similar and/or dissimilar?
5. What are the effects of Shakespeares language throughout the play? How does it affect the tone or mood of
each scene and/or characters?
Unit Summary:

In this unit, we will explore one of Shakespeare's most popular plays by examining elements such as theme,
characterization, language use and style. We will begin by pondering important questions pertaining to the tragedy
to familiarize ourselves with the characters and themes we will be discussing. We will study the language of
Shakespeare and it's influence on his style, characters, and themes. We will delve into the mind of Hamlet and
analyze his progression through out the play.
Assessment Plan:

Entry-Level:

Formative:

Summative:

Prediction Quickwrite

Quizlet Character Flashcards,


Blogging Journals, Concept Map,
Study Guides for each Act.

Group Project Presentation, Essay.

Lesson 1

Student Learning
Objective:
Students will be
able to identify
major themes and
analyze character
development in the
play. They will also
cite evidence from
the text to support.

Acceptable
Evidence
(Assessments):
Study Guide
Beginning Concept
Map
Beginning of
Blogging Journals

Lesson Activities:

Teacher Lecture
Guided Notes
Discussion
Think-Pair-Share

Lesson 2

Student Learning
Objective:
Students will be
able to close read
and determine
impact of words
and phrases and
their effect on tone
and meaning.

Acceptable
Evidence:

Study Guide
Concept Map
Blogging Journals
Webercise

Lesson Activities:

Webercise
Discussion
Think-Pair-Share

Lesson 3

Student Learning
Objective:
Students will be
able to effectively
write ideas and
concepts from the
play.
Students will be
able to identify
major themes and
analyze character
development in the
play. They will also
cite evidence from
the text to support.
Students will be

Acceptable
Evidence:

Quizlet Character
Flashcards
Graphic Organizer
Completion of
Blogging Journals
Group Presentation
Essay

Lesson Activities:

Graphic Organizer
Presentations
Finalize Concept Maps for Essay

able to close read


and determine
impact of words
and phrases and
their effect on tone
and meaning.
Unit Resources:

LitCharts - Hamlet Study Guide


Internet Shakespeare
No Fear Shakespeare
Quizlet
Shakespeare Resource Center
Modern Library Shakespeare Game
The Shakespeare Glossary
In Plain English: Hamlet
Useful Websites:

Quizlet
Live Journal
ReadWriteThink
Prezi