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English 12/LIT 115 » Hamlet

Hamlet Hamlet

Hamlet Presentations


The Assignment:  You have been assigned a portion of Hamlet to teach the class.  You have to assume that the class has not read your section, so it is your job to create meaning for them.  You will be graded on your understanding of the section and how well you teach it to the class.  Therefore, knowledge and creativity are strong considerations in your final grade. You can use one or more of the following methods or devise your own.


  1. Lead a class discussion – create Socratic discussion questions.
  2. Translate key passages into modern English and discuss their significance – do not simply regurgitate from the translation web sites or lose sight of the original language.  Do not hesitate to go through some passages you find extremely significant line by line.
  3. Create a computer-generated presentation as an enhancement.
  4. Act out your scene in Elizabethan and/or modern English while discussing the meaning.  Again, do not lose sight of the original language.
  5. Assess the success of your presentation with a short quiz.
  6. Create handouts or pdfs.


Do not take this assignment lightly.  This represents a 200 point score.  The ability to present and relay information to an audience is an important tool for college or business.  We will probably do one presentation per class period.  The play must be presented in order; therefore, it is imperative that your presentation occurs on the appropriate day.  There will be no make-ups.  Someone must present in your place if you are not planning on attending class. We cannot change the order of the play because you are not ready or are not in class. Prepare an “understudy.” An unexcused absence on the date of your presentation will result in a zero on the assignment.

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