We’re reading and performing the play Hamlet together as a class, and many of you are doing a wonderful job of injecting some personality and character into your performances of your roles, versus simply reading out lines. It’s important, too, to watch it performed by actors who have studied it and have their own interpretations of how the characters would behave.
Remember, Hamlet is meant to be viewed as a live performance.
There are several options below for watching a multimedia version of Hamlet. Things to consider in making your choice:
They are of different lengths, so if you choose one that’s longer, you may be committing to finishing viewing it at home on your own personal time. It also might be that you would enjoy the longer one more, so it’s worth that extra commitment to you.
The play was intended to be performed live. Watching the live performance may seem more authentic to how it would have been originally received in Shakespeare’s time. And Benedict Cumberbatch is a pretty animated looking Hamlet.
You may prefer one actor over another. Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson are both well known for their portrayals of Hamlet, though one happens in a more recent modern setting and the other happens in a more medieval castle type setting. Lots will go into your choice.
Enjoy, though! This should only reinforce what we’ve already been reading together of the play.
And note: I’m encouraging you to watch in your video choice only as far as we have currently read. If you watch beyond that, you’ll still follow along with us in our performance of the play in class.
Performed January 2017 – Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet, performed on stage in front of live audience but with moving cameras. This is a great production to watch, because you can hear the audience laugh during the comedy lines. It was recorded and broadcast to Movie Theaters across the UK.
We’ll have a fun, engaged, #activelearning class this morning in #ELA9! We’ll start #Shakespeare and will dig around online with the topic of #languagedevelopment – since the text of any #TheBard plays are brim-full of new language. We’ll explore online on a topic and go wherever the searches take us. We’re fortunate to have 1:1 #edtech #byod so each student is able to direct their own online discovery of this topic or go at their own pace.
Word of the Year: Several different dictionary companies/sites have identified a single word to represent that year Word of the Year 2014 – culture (rape culture, culture shock, culture of fear Word of the Year 2015 – not actually a word but an emoji, for the first time
The Word of the Year for 2016 from the different Dictionary sites are: Brexit, Surreal, and Post-Truth.
So Discuss: a) what is a Word of the Year (in general) and b) why is there such a thing?
Top 10 Words of the Year Lists: Several dictionaries also have narrowed down the top 10 important words of a year. Not all words are new, but possibly used in a new context or more often searched in that year as a response to an event of that year. What words stand out in a Top 10 List this year?
Newly-Added/Suggested Words to Dictionary Sites: Next, look at the words these dictionary companies have recently accepted as new suggested words to be added to their published dictionary, book copies or online sites. This is where we’ll have a lot of fun – there are a lot of mash-ups, or new word combinations to make a single word. One student asked once “How lazy are people?”, but it may be just the opposite of lazy, since it takes a bit more effort to create something new as opposed to using what exists.
For yourself, collect a list of your Top 20 new words that you like. Some of our favourites have been:
Double double – Canadian slang for “two cream-two sugars”
Autocowrong – when autocorrect changes a word to the wrong word
Noice – extremely good, very nice
Confrustion – frustrating confusion
Bromaid – a male bridesmaid
Bulletize – to format a summary of text into bullet points
Craydar – ability to be aware of crazy people in the vicinity
Siq – cool way to spell “sick”
Trumpatized – traumatized by the idea of Trump as President
Bae- before anyone else
#PMHT – pardon my hashtag
Architectophile – a person with a strong interest in architecture
Edventure – an educational adventure
Squirkle – a square with rounded edges
Legitly – in a legitimate manner
Slang – shorthand language. Skim through this slideshow of viral slang for 2016. These words are different as they may not be recognized formally by a dictionary, but are still popular enough or used enough to have a recognizable meaning.
One example surprised us: FB/LB which people will often post on Instagram. It means “follow back/like back”.