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Hamlet Seminars

You will trace the evolution of a theme, motif, technique or idea in the
play. You are expected to use your notes on your topic to help
construct your seminar.
You are expected to synthesize the information and draw conclusions.
From your topic, form a specific thesis to be presented to the class at
the onset of your seminar/discussion. Ask yourself: what is
Shakespeare saying/demonstrating about this topic? How does he
communicate it?
The goal then is to validate the thesis with evidence from the play, and
teach the class about your topic.
Topics:
Themes:
1. Action vs. Inaction
2. Madness
3. Parent-child relationships
4. Corruption
5. Justice/revenge
6. Power
7. Appearance vs. reality
Motifs:
1. ears
2. nature in disorder
3. disease
4. acting/theatre
Dramatic Elements:
1. Use of foils
2. Elements of tragedy
3. Role of Women (female characters)
Your Seminar must:
Be thesis-driven
Have a clear introduction
Include some kind of audio/visual aid, such as video, audiofile,
handout, overhead, powerpoint
Show that you understand your topic thoroughly (i.e. not reading
from screen)
Use evidence to support your thesis
Involve the class in dicussion about your topic
Have a conclusion/summary

Aim for about 6-8 minutes total

King Lear Seminars Rubric


Curriculum
Expectation
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Criteria
Convey a meaningful and
relevant central idea or thesis
Demonstrate knowledge of
seminar format requirements
Demonstrate knowledge of the
text.
Use of quotes which support
points
Identify, sort, and order main
ideas and supporting details
using appropriate organizational
patterns suited to the content
and purpose for presentation
(demonstrated through notes)
Clear and effective introduction
and conclusion
Engages the audience with
visuals, originality and creativity
Offers depth and/or complexity
in message and thesis
Choice of language show
awareness of audience and
purpose
Speak to communicate volume,
expression, tone, pace,
intonation, articulation
Express ideas clearly and
articulately
Effective use of visuals and
creativity to convey them and
message.

Comments

Level

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Using
Knowledge
of Form and
Style

Use complete sentences that


communicate meaning clearly
and accurately, varying sentence
type, structure, and length and
making logical transitions
between ideas
Effective use of diction
Sense of voice
Follow established rules and
guidelines (e.g., length of
presentation, taking questions)
Appropriate audience
involvement and discussion.
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