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HamLIT: Four Modern Incarnations of Shakespeare’s Danish Tragedy

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Which side are you on? Team Montague or Team Capulet? Take this quiz to find out!

Fair Verona? A bitter, bloody feud has bubbled up to corrupt the charming atmosphere of this vibrant city of Italy. The struggle for power between unrelenting sides has driven the stakes ever higher until the very existence of one house is abhorrent to the other.

  • Your family is tired of feeling cooped up in the same 320 walls all the time and wants a vacation. You get to decide; spend three months in either:

A. Mountainous Monaco

B. Coastal Crete

  • Your library is the envy of any scholar, but of all the skillfully bound and illuminated volumes, your favorite book is:

A. “Mystery at Moorsea Manor”

B. “Clue in the Crossword Cipher”

  • Your collection of artistic masterpieces inspires awe in every visitor. When admiring such pieces, your favorite comment to utter is:

A. “Magnificent”

B. “Captivating”

  • The tedious work of riding in carriages and walking from room to room has everybody distracted. They prefer to be diverted! What do you plan to do for fun?

A. Massive Masquerade

B. Card-game Capers

  • You encounter a member of your enemy’s house in the streets. The choicest insult you choose to hurl at them is:

A. Mewling Miscreant

B. Cretinous Cur

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

[CITIZENS]: “Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down!
Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues
!“

A. Disagree                                 B. Disagree

[NURSE]: “O woe! O woful, woful, woful day!
Most lamentable day, most woful day,
That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
O day! O day! O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this:
O woful day, O woful day!”

A. Agree                                        B. Agree

  • Your family is incredibly noble. They can trace their lineage back to only the noblest of nobles. But desperate times call for a breach with tradition: You decide to change your coat of arms to distinguish yourselves from your rival family. Do you go with:

A. Mercury, masoned sable, with a magpie membered.

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B. Crimson, chevron sable between confronting coneys.

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For your results, and to get the PRINTABLE of this quiz, click Continue reading

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Reading Tracker Printable – Students and Teachers Editions!

We’ve produced a reading tracker worksheet for students to use to document their daily readings and for teachers to track progress. This serves to hold students accountable for their reading and gives them a tool to share with peers.

We’ve also produced a tracker for teachers to use to evaluate student progress. It contains several  rubrics with space to add your own.

Reading-TrackerClass Reading Tracker

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Back-to-School Goal Sheet

Back-to-School Goal Sheet

Here’s our second FREE printable worksheet. It’s a goal sheet for middle and high school students to identify their academic goals and steps to reaching them.

The goal sheet asks students to:

  • State an academic goal
  • Identify actions and steps to complete that goal
  • Describe what reaching that goal will look like
  • Timeline for reaching that goal
  • Anticipate challenges
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Character Map Printable Worksheet

Character Map Printable Worksheet

The new school year approaches and we’re creating our own sets of FREE printable worksheets for middle and high school teachers to use in classrooms. First up: Character Map. Stay tuned to this blog and our Pinterest page over the coming weeks for more free printables. Next week: a worksheet for analyzing symbolism.