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2012 Hamlet Teacher's Guide

2012 Hamlet Teacher's Guide

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2012 Hamlet Teacher's Guide
2012 Hamlet Teacher's Guide

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PREP YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE SHOW–
Book your pre- or post-show classroom workshop!Contact the Artistic Learning Coordinator at510 548 3422 x136 for more info.
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Jonathan MosconeArtistic DirectorSusie FalkManaging DirectorTrish TillmanDirector of ArtisticLearningJenna StichArtistic LearningAdministrations ManagerHanna Zahner-IsenbergArtistic LearningCoordinator
 
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1. Cal Shakes Overview
Cal Shakes’ Mission, Funders, and Partners ......................................3Artistic Learning Programs at Cal Shakes ..........................................4
2.
Hamlet
Overview
A Note to Teachers ........................................................................6Plot Summary ...............................................................................7Who’s Who: The Actors ..................................................................9Who’s Who: The Characters ............................................................10Seeing the Play: Before and After ....................................................11Shakespeare’s Language .................................................................12
3.
Hamlet:
“More Things in Heaven and Earth”
What’s It All About? .....................................................................14“Empathy”: Conversations about Hamlet ..........................................16Empathy ......................................................................................18The Revenge Tragedy ....................................................................20Delay ..........................................................................................22
4. Behind the Scenes: Elizabethan Times
William Shakespeare: A Mysterious Life ..........................................25Violence: Fencing vs. Dueling .........................................................27
5. Resources 
Hamlet
on Film
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Modern Revenge Tragedies on Film
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Books and Internet ........................................................................32
6. Classroom Activity Guide
Cal Shakes’ Mission, Funders, and Partners ......................................34Social Networking Character Study: “Shakesbook” .............................35Circle of Death ..............................................................................40Dear Diary ....................................................................................42To Tweet or Not to Tweet ...............................................................44Shakespeare’s Runway ...................................................................45
FBIProling:ClaudiusandHamletasMurderers
...............................51“Brush Up Your Shakespeare” Reference Sheet .................................55Cal Shakes Critique: Elementary and Middle School ..........................56Cal Shakes Critique: Middle and High School ....................................58
 
Editor:
TrishTillman
Contributors:
Jordan Battle, Evan Boomer, Jordin Bradley, Erika Budrovich, BrookeBurke, Kenya Hall, Brett Jones, Hayley Cotton
Copy Editors:
Stefanie Kalem and Marilyn Langbehn
Layout & Graphics:
Ilsa Brink
IN THIS GUIDE:
GUIDE CREDITS
 
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OUR MISSION
We strive for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover and express therelevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives by:
•MakingboldlyimaginedanddeeplyentertaininginterpretationsofShakespeareandtheclassics.•Providingin-depth,far-reachingcreativeeducationalopportunities.
Bringing disparate communities together around the creation of new American plays inspired byclassic literature.
 
California Shakespeare Theater701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710510.548.3422
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www.calshakes.org
OUR FUNDERS AND SPONSORS
Artistic Learning programs are also supported by generous contributions the numerous donors to ourannual Gala Fund-a-Need Campaign and Bank of America Foundation, Dale Family Fund, SidneyE. Frank Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, theThomas J. Long Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Drs. Benand A. Jess Shenson Foundation at the San Francisco Foundation, and the Morris Stulsaft Foundation.
The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership withArts Midwest presents
Shakespeare for a New Generation
.California Shakespeare Theater is one of 42 professionaltheater companies selected to participate in
Shakespearefor a New Generation
,bringingthenestproductions
of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students incommunities across the United States. This is the tenth yearof
Shakespeare for a New Generation
, the largest tour ofShakespeare in American history.
PRESENTING PARTNERSSEASON PARTNERSSTUDENT DISCOVERY UNDERWRITERSSEASON UNDERWRITERS

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