ENG 4U 2012: Preparing Your Hamlet Assignment

Here is the rubric: Lit Crit and Hamlet 2012.

Before I give you time to work on your assignments, we need to talk about the following issues:

  1. the central purpose of your assignment
  2. organizing/structuring your assignment
  3. balancing analysis and evidence
 an essay  dialogue option graphic essay option
Purpose  To prove your thesis is true  To prove your thesis is true, and to compare your argument to your partner’s  To prove your thesis is true
Structure organize your work around subtopics that connect directly to your thesis (usually through topic sentences) Before you start writing your dialogue, each partner should identify the key subtopics that are essential to his/her argument.

Once each partner has the subtopics, you can decide how you will organize your work. Try to “pair up” subtopics so that the pairs will lead to the best discussions possible.

 organize your work around subtopics that connect directly to your thesis.

Use subtitles/headings to introduce new subtopics. Your subtopics will likely be 1 to 3 pages long.

Analysis Only include evidence from the play and secondary sources that is relevant to your argument. Do not summarize the plot.

Use topic sentences as mini-thesis statements that give you something to prove. Use the content in the paragraphs to provide clear evidence that proves your assertions are valid.

Use in-body citations for the secondary sources you consult. Complete a Works Cited page.

Only include evidence from the play and secondary sources that is relevant to your argument. Do not summarize the plot.

Vary the structure of the dialogue. Some of the exchanges can be really short, while others can be rather lengthy.

Refer to the authors directly in your analysis. For example, write something like “in Deconstructing Ophelia, John Smith argues that…..” Complete a Works Cited page.

Only include evidence from the play and secondary sources that is relevant to your argument. Do not summarize the plot.

Use narrative boxes to analyse the scenes you have included.use dialogue bubbles for the lines from the text. You can find a digital version of the play here.

Refer to the authors directly in your analysis. For example, write something like “in Deconstructing Ophelia, John Smith argues that…..” Complete a Works Cited page.

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an essay documentary option
Purpose To prove your thesis is true To prove your thesis is true
Structure Organize your work around subtopics that connect directly to your thesis (usually through topic sentences) organize your work around subtopics that connect directly to your thesis. Use subtitles/headings to introduce new subtopics. You can communicate these subtopics by using slides in the body of the video (example: Part II: Ophelia).You can also use the presentation techniques used by lectures, and rely on transitions, intonation, and cues to prepare viewers for new topics.
Analysis Only include evidence from the play and secondary sources that is relevant to your argument. Do not summarize the plot.Use topic sentences as mini-thesis statements that give you something to prove. Use the content in the paragraphs to provide clear evidence that proves your assertions are valid.

Use in-body citations for the secondary sources you consult.

Only include evidence from the play and secondary sources that is relevant to your argument. Do not summarize the plot.Use your narration to explain your analysis. Remember that you can narrate over existing footage by simply muting the video clip.

Refer to the authors directly in your analysis. For example, write something like “in Deconstructing Ophelia, John Smith argues that…..” Complete a Works Cited page.

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