Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 11

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In this lesson, students explore Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy. Students read lines 64–84 of Act 3.1, focusing on how Shakespeare’s word choice impacts the meaning of the passage, and paying attention to his use of beautiful and engaging language to examine Hamlet’s concern with life and death.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
W.11-12.9.a Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-,...

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