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Project Options for Hamlet

Project Ideas for Hamlet:

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Learning Goals
Reading College and Career Readiness Standards: :

1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of explicit meanings and inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Writing CCR Standards:
2. Write informative / explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
3. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts and information so that each new element builds on that which preceded it to create a unified whole; include formatting, graphics, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
4. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.
5. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
6. Establish and maintain formal style and objective tone while attending to conventions of MLA guidelines.
7. Provide a concluding statement of section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
8. Develop and strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, trying a new approach, focusing on what is most significant to audience and purpose.
9. Use technology to research, produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products.

Research CCR Standards:
10. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate, synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
11. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively, integrate the information into the text selectively to maintain the flow if ideas, avoiding plagiarism and over reliance on any one source and following the standard format for MLA documentation.


1) Create a character box. Inside the “box,” place a collection of one major character’s personal effects: mementos, objects important to him or her, items you would expect to be important to the character you select. (The container could even be one of the items that reveals something about the character in question!) Alternative: collect a collage of images of these eight items and continue as described.) Catalog the items by writing the name of the item, a description of the item, and an explanation of why that item is important to your character and what it reveals about your character. Be sure that the explanation includes at least one supporting quote from the text to defend your choice of the item in question. The oral presentation of this “box” to our class will be part of your grade, as will the works cited page that gives credit for all the sources you have used in creation of this project.

Be sure to include the following:

· MLA Documentation of the excerpts used to justify your selections

· Works Cited

· Thoughtful extensions beyond the obvious characterizations.

2) A Video Production of Hamlet

For this project you can work in groups of 3-4 and you must pick a scene and script, shoot, and edit the film. You must include one of the major soliloquys from the play. Consider the following:

a. Costumes—Make sure the costumes are better than your street clothes. If you choose to set the play in modern times, the costumes should convey that as well. Research and write an explanation of the costuming choices. Back up those choices with quotes from sources or from the play itself.

b. Camera work—If you have someone in your group who really dislikes being on camera let that person play a smaller role in the acting and a larger role in the filming, sound, and editing process. This does not mean make them do all the work besides acting!

c. Story boards—These are important! Create a storyboard to show what you are going to film and how you are going to film it. I would like you to hand in the story board for this project. A storyboard is the filming plan: locations, camera angles, and lighting should be thoughtfully planned for each scene.

d. Sound and music—These play an extremely important role to any film making project! Try to match the music for scenes to suit the mood. Do NOT forget

e. MLA format, parenthetical documentation, and a Works Cited page should be included for the costuming plan, the story board elements, sound and music choices.

I am expecting a well-edited, solidly researched, and coherent film for this project.

3) Comic Book

Create a comic book adaptation of Hamlet.

Research and write an analysis of comic book or comic strip writing that is one page long. Use MLA format, including parenthetical documentation and a Works Cited page.

a. Complete one full act from Hamlet in Comic Book form for this project.

b. You can create the comic book in any way that you see fit. You may edit the text to create this, but do not lose the meaning of the play!

c. Try to include an important soliloquy in this comic book adaptation.

d. Comics can be color or black and white. Just make sure the adaptation is clear and creative.

4) Visual Literacy Project

a. Research and write a one page critical reflection (using MLA format, parenthetical documetation and a Works Cited page) on at least one famous work of art portraying Hamlet or a scene from Hamlet. Consider using the following sites as starting points for the research:

http://www.theatrehistory.com/british/art_of_hamlet.html

b. Create an original piece of art (sculpture, painting, ink drawing, wax, multi-media or art made from other non-edible materials are acceptable) inspired by a theme in Hamlet. It could be, but does not have to be a literal scene from Hamlet, but could portray modern connections to an age-old theme instead.


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