Class Agenda #83 – “Hamlet” – Act 1.1 Continued

Class Agenda #83- Hamlet Act 1.1 Continued

Homework Check- Charles will come around and check. Just show him.

Opening Reading-

What art thou that usurp’st this time of night
Together with that fair and warlike form
In which the majesty of buried Denmark
Did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.

JOURNAL-  Why might the “majesty of buried Denmark” be in a “fair and warlike form”?

#1112- “Happy Feet” Cab Calloway (2:54  —  1929)




    I Can analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


    1. Introduction of Lesson Agenda
    2. Homework Accountability
    3. Masterful Reading
    4. Act 1.1, Complete
    5. Quick Write
    6. Film Viewing
    7. Closing


  • Hamlet Vocabulary- 
  • late (adj.) – living comparatively recently, now deceased
  •   unfold (v.) – reveal or display
  •   apparition (n.) – a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost
  •   assail (v.) – attack vigorously or violently; assault
  •   fortified (adj.) – protected or strengthened against attack
  •   stalks (v.) – walks with measured, stiff, or haughty strides
  • harrows (v.) – disturbs keenly or painfully; distresses the mind or feelings

    Mini Lesson-

  • Attacking Critical Reading Questions- Think Aloud for the following question.
  • Describe Barnardo and Francisco’s tone in the first five lines. What words demonstrate their tone?

  • Steps
    1. Read the question and assess the verbs and nouns
    2. Form a plan in your head.
    3. If you need to, reread the lines and attack them with your plan.
  • Model-
    • Describe Barnardo and Francisco’s tone in the first five lines. What words demonstrate their tone?
  • Verbs -Describe, demonstrate
  • Nouns- tone, first five lines, words
  • Plan- I know a tone is being established in the first five lines; figure out what that tone is.
  • Reread-
    • Barnardo  Who’s there?
    • Francisco  Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.
    • Barnardo  Long live the King!
    • Francisco  Barnardo
    • Barnardo  He
  • Determine which words or punctuation are different and focus on them. (who’s there?, Nay, answer me, !)
  • Establish an answer- The tone of the opening 5 lines is worried or unsure. You can tell just from the first line of the play, “who’s there/Nay answer me” that both Barnardo and Francisco are on edge and unsure of their surroundings.

Part II – Reading!

“Hamlet” By William Shakespeare (1603).

  • 11.1.2_hamlet (1)
  • If you haven’t”
    • Save to Your Desktop and Title it with Your Name
    • Have the reading and your notebook accessible.

 Part III – Act 1.1, – Start from beginning and finish- Lines 1-61 Reading and Discussion

  • As you/we read-
    • Highlight and note some of the choices Shakespeare made to begin the play.
    • Underline unfamiliar words.
  • Part IV- Film Viewing. First 6:36 of the Film.

    What mood does the director create in the beginning of the play? How do his choices contribute to the meaning and aesthetic impact of Shakespeare’s words?

    Homework Review- Writing an objective summary using the Vocabulary from the text.

    Work in pairs to create/revise an objective summary of the scene using vocabulary from the text

  • Quick Write- Answer the following prompt in about a paragraph.What choices does Shakespeare make about how to begin the play? How do these choices contribute to meaning and aesthetic impact?

    Homework- Complete the following discussion questions from the first 61 lines of Act 1.1

  • Questions for lines 1-35 (Read and Answer in Your Notebook, before we share out).

Describe Barnardo and Francisco’s tone in the first five lines. What words demonstrate their tone?

– What is Barnardo doing in line 7?

-Given what you heard in the reading and read on the Character List, what is likely the “thing that Horatio asks whether is has “appeared again tonight” (line 26)?

-Reread lines 28-39. According to Marcellus, what does Horatio think of the Ghost?

-How many times have Barnardo and Marcellus seen the Ghost?

-Why is Horatio present in this scene?

Questions for Lines 36-46- Answer in your notebook before we share out.

-In lines 36-39, what does Barnardo suggest to Horatio?

-What mood does Shakespeare create through Barnado’s story? How does he accomplish this?

Questions for lines 47-61- Answer in your notebook before we share out.

-How does each of the men react to the appearance of the Ghost?

-Whom does the Ghost look like? Hint- use the character list to understand to whom the men refer.

-What is the cumulative impact of the men’s reactions on the mood of the text?

-Reread lines 54-58. Using the explanatory notes and context, paraphrase these lines. What is Horatio asking?

-How does the Ghost react to Horatio’s speech?

In addition to Barnardo’s story and the men’s reaction to the Ghost, how does Shakespeare create a mood in this act?





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