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lesson 1
Overview: story, characters
lesson 2
Theme: revenge, character motives and context
lesson 3
Lenses: changing perspectives on the same old story
lesson 4
Modern times: reinterpretations, why this old stuff?

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Lesson 1: overview of plot and characters

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Use the student file in Classroom

Look at the list of Characters. Without knowing anything about them, try to make a character map.

tip: use this character map later on to collect information 

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Betray                                                    Love
Hate                                                      Support

Look at the words above: how do you expect these to describe character relations?

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Using the summary, complete worksheet 1 to complete your plot overview

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Lesson 2: Revenge

Lesson 2: Revenge

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Lesson goals
- Genre: revenge tragedy
- Learn how to look at characters
- motives and choices

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Revenge Tragedies
Use Google to find out what a revenge tragedy is and see how Hamlet ticks the boxes
Use Worksheet 2

Finished? Go back to notes from lesson 1 and find out how each character interacts with the different elements of revenge tragedy

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Hamlet is not the only one who has to deal with revenge. 

We will now look into the different ways you can avenge death and kill royalty

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"Project murder"
If you want to kill someone, you've got to be smart about it. List your options, but also know the situation well enough to see limitations. 

In 5 groups, look into your assigned character
Fortinbras, Ophelia, Laertes, Gertrude, Hamlet

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lesson 3: lenses

Lesson goals:
Learn how to look at a story in different ways

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Light bends when you look through a lens, and a coloured lens may make the world look very different. 

Lenses are a tool to look at a story in different lights

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HAMLET I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God
has given you one face, and you make yourselves
another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and
nick-name God's creatures, and make your wantonness
your ignorance. Go to, I'll no more on't; it hath
made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages:
those that are married already, all but one, shall
live; the rest shall keep as they are. To a
nunnery, go.

OPHELIA O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown! 150
The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword;
The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
The observed of all observers, quite, quite down!

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types of lenses
power (this is a court after all…, but also power that family relations bring with them)
social positions/obligations
mental health
spaces (locations/rooms, what do they add or mean)
motifs and symbolism

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