Teaching Hamlet

Pre-study activities:

  1. Introduce the play to the class using this Hamlet lesson plan Do the pre – reading stage. Read Hamlet’s soliloquy, you find the full text of the play here. If you need you will find a  simpler version here. Hamlet
  2. Do worksheet A and B and discuss with class – talk about what you find in this Simpsons’ interpretation of Hamlet what is similar and what is different from the original !  See video below.  You can also have a look at the Cartoon Hamlet it is an easy way to talk about the play!

After reading play – (you might only read one act)

  1. Here is a quiz for the class to work on. Lots of questions! hamlet-quiz
  2. Look at this google map. Where is this? Who lived here?
  3. Read this summary of the play and answer some questions while watching.
  4. Test yourself with the Cambridge test
  5. Study the picture (Image here) Ophelia by Sir John Everet Millais

Watch this revision by SparkNotes to remember main facts

Extra activities and places to visit if time:

  1. Look at these clips “Ophelia’s madness, Ophelia drowning, Ophelia’s sad destiny
  2. Look at video from youtube. Hamlet Act3 Scene1 Soliloquy.

Shakespeare animated books:


Write an essay about Hamlet and post it on your blog. Use one or all of these themes as a headline:  Revenge, madness, love, relationships.


Use this rubric: Essay rubric 2011
Use Peergrade for peer assessment.
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  1. This is interesting. I’m amazed by the way you broke down the teaching methods for anyone to use. As well as the way you gave many links for people to do their own research.

  2. This makes Hamlet seem easier to read and less boring. I would love if my English V teacher would find a better way of teaching it and also Macbeth.

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