Grade 11 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 5

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In this lesson, students read and analyze lines 149–164 from Act 1.2, the second half of Hamlet’s first soliloquy in which Hamlet laments his mother’s quick remarriage following his father’s death. Students engage in a discussion about the meaning of these lines and about how Shakespeare develops the Queen through this soliloquy.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story...
RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
L.11-12.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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