Daily Lessons for Teaching Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Lesson 1 (from Act 1, p. 1-20)


Act 1, p. 1-20

The student will participate in a discussion that includes drama, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the play within a play approach of Stoppard.

The student will begin an analysis of the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.


1. The teacher will be prepared to lead a discussion of the drama including the element of comic relief. The teacher will give a synopsis of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Together, the teacher and the students will discuss how Stoppard incorporates the Shakespearean play into his drama involving Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

2. In class, read the opening lines of Act 1 to begin formulating ideas about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Which one has the analytical mind? How does Rosencrantz appear? What can you make of the relationship between the two men? Who is the first to show signs of apprehension?

Homework: Read the first twenty pages of Act 1 before next class. Notice conflict and...

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