a) What do you know about Hamlet, the "Melancholy Dane"?
-I only know Hamlet from what I've heard from past students and that is that it's hard to understand, or the reason that its Shakespeare but for the reason that it jumps around and there is lot going on which makes it hard to follow. Oh, and everybody dies.
b) What do you know about Shakespeare?
-Let's see, I know that he writes in iambic pentameter, and that his plays are mostly, if not all, tragedies. He wrote Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and of course Hamlet.
c) Why do so many students involuntarily frown when they hear the name "Shakespeare"?
-I feel like Shakespeare is taught as a daunting task. When I was introduced to Shakespeare in seventh grade my teacher introduced his writing as something that was impossible to understand and said she hated teaching it. She basically went about it with that "Let's just get it over with," kind of attitude. Of course, before even looking at text we think its difficult because we are taught that it is difficult. If the teacher doesn't look forward to it, then neither do the students. I must say though that Mr. LeClair did an amazing job with Romeo and Juliet and Mrs. Byrne made Julius Caesar quite enjoyable as well. I like studying Shakespeare because my past teachers have made it really fun.
d) What can we do to make studying this play an amazing experience we'll never forget?
-I'm already pretty excited, but I think that it would be fun to do some kind of group project, maybe assign groups different sections of the play to recreate on video and share with the class. It would be so much fun and pretty hilarious for everyone in class to take part in acting out Hamlet.