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Hamlet – Play Study Activity Guide
Hamlet – Play

Hamlet – Play Study Activity Guide

by William Shakespeare

Overview and Objectives
Sample Worksheet


No longer rely on the "read and answer questions" method of teaching Shakespeare. This story of treachery and deceit is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. Have students interact with the text using these creative activities.


Literary Concepts:

  • Methods of Characterization
  • Character Analysis
  • Character Foils
  • Tragic Flaw
  • Elements of Plot
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Tragedy: Exposition, Conflict, Catastrophe
  • Setting/Mood
  • Dramatic Purpose
  • Comic Relief
  • Perspective
  • Hyperbole
  • Nemesis
  • Characteristics of a Mystery
  • Dialogue: Soliloquy, Aside
  • Symbolism
  • Prose and Verse
  • Figurative Language
  • Literary Devices
  • Play within A Play
  • Famous Quotes
  • Fate
  • Cause & Effect
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Foreshadowing
  • Irony
  • Pun
  • Allusion
  • Imagery
  • Irony

Information Management Skills:

  • Create and follow a research plan
  • Address and identify sources
  • Organize information on note-taking sheet according to topic and subtopic
  • Evaluate and prioritize information
  • Create a bibliography

Comprehension Skills:

Before Interacting with the text:
  • Previewing
  • Predicting
  • Setting a purpose
  • Research

While Interacting with the text:
  • Making Inferences
  • Making Evaluations
  • Confirming Predictions
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Interpreting Character Actions/ Traits
  • Reading for Detail
  • Relating to Personal Experience
  • Exploring Values
  • Learning About History
  • Forming and Defending Opinions
  • Using Context Clues
  • Paraphrasing
  • Identifying Key Ideas
  • Writing paragraphs: explanatory, descriptive
  • Outlining
  • Skimming
  • Researching/Bibliography
  • Concept Mapping

After Interacting with the text:
  • Reflecting
  • Creating
  • Analyzing
  • Synthesizing
  • Evaluating


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