Hamlet for kids

This lesson introduces learners to Shakespeare's Hamlet with the support of a short animated video.

Author
Rachael Ro

It is one of a series of lesson plans to accompany the short animated videos of six of Shakespeare's plays on LearnEnglish Kids.

Introduction

In this lesson plan, which can be delivered as a 45-minute lesson or as shorter segments over three lessons, learners will be introduced to the Shakespeare play Hamlet through a short animated video. They will watch the video and complete comprehension activities, and then will be guided to think about and discuss the ideas of 'revenge' and 'confusion' from the play. Finally learners will develop their creative writing skills by planning and writing a ghost story.

Aims

  • Learners will develop strategies for watching and understanding a short video based on the Shakespeare play Hamlet.
  • Learners will develop comprehension and speaking skills by discussing ideas from the play.
  • Learners will develop writing skills through a short story writing activity based on an element from the play.

Age

Older primary (9–11 years)

Time

1 x 45-minute lesson or three shorter segments

Materials

The lesson plan can be downloaded in PDF format below. 

The Hamlet video, worksheet and other materials can be accessed here:

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories/hamlet

The Shakespeare extension activities for kids can be accessed here:

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/shakespeare-extension-activities-kids

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