Class Agenda #87 – “Hamlet” – Act 1.2 III – And Iambic Pentameter Overview

Class Agenda #87- Hamlet Act 1.2 III

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

Get Out: Your Notebook, Copy Of Hamlet

Opening Reading- 

Iambic Pentameter-

A foot is an iamb if it consists of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, so the word remark is an iamb. Pent means five, so a line of iambic pentameter consists of five iambs – five sets of unstressed syllables followed by stressed syllables

Journal- Copy these lines into your notebook. How many syllables are in each line? 

  • To give these mourning duties to your father.

    But you must know your father lost a father,

    That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound

    In filial obligation for some term

    #900- “On My Block” Scarface (3:35  —  2002)




    I Can Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

    • Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable).
    • Consult general or specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.


    Student learning will be assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson. Students answer the following prompt, citing textual evidence to support analysis and inferences drawn from the text.

     How do specific word choices in Claudius’s monologue impact the development of Hamlet’s character?



Part II- Mini-Lesson- 

Breaking down Shakespearean Language II.

So why is Shakespeare so famous? – characters and stories, but also Iambic Pentameter1

What is this Iambic Pentameter Thing?

Example- count the syllables 

Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death

The memory be green, and that it us befitted

To bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom

To be contracted in one brow of woe,

Part III Practice-

  • Look at King Claudius’s Second Monologue – Page 12 in Hamlet
  • Spend 8 Minutes in your groups, Counting The Syllables. 
  • Practice Reading Them Aloud
  • Choose 8 Lines from This Monologue that your Entire Group Can Share out!

ReWatch Act 1.2 –

Part IV- Group Discussion 

  • Direct students to form new small groups in order to discuss the following question:

    How does Claudius’s monologue set up a conflict between the characters of Hamlet and Claudius? Cite textual evidence to support your response.

    Homework- Make sure your putting the line #

How does this section (Act 1.2) develop your view of Hamlet? Cite at least two pieces of evidence from the text to support of your claim



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