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What If?

Questions That Personally Connect Students With the Play


Shakespeare has issues.


Fear, anger, jealousy, passion. Former English teacher Diane Herr often used "What if?" questions to begin discussions with her students on a play's major emotional themes and plot elements. These questions—which use Hamlet as an example in the video— can be used to help students make personal connections to the play. "What if?" questions work well before either classroom study or as preparation for seeing Shakespeare in performance.


Teaching Hamlet? Check out our "Play by Play" page for more teaching resources.


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Hamlet What If Questions

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