Objective: Act 1, Scene 1 The objective of this lesson is to present students with some basics about Shakespeare and Shakespeare's plays.
1) Teacher Lecture: Explain to students that Shakespeare's plays are written in five acts. Explain to students that most plays today are performed in two or three acts. If students have ever seen a play with an intermission, that intermission generally comes between the acts. Within each act, the play is divided into scenes. There is no minimum number of scenes in an act, and in Hamlet students will see that some acts have only a few scenes and other acts have many scenes. Point out to students that the proper way to identify something within the text is to use the act number and scene number: "In Act 2, Scene 2, Hamlet says...." If the version of the text you are using includes line numbers, you may also want...
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