Polonius’ Speech

Lesson Plan for High School Socratic Seminar:

This seminar focuses on a speech from Hamlet and culminates in a creative analysis writing.

This seminar, designed for English and Language Arts classes in High School grades, guides students to explore the themes of Advice, language, relationships, wisdom.

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Sample Socratic Seminar Questions

Socratic Seminar questions are designed to provoke creative and critical thinking. Sample discussion questions from this lesson plan include:

  • Take a look back at line 8: "Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar"? How would you explain this advice in modern language?
  • Based on the advice Polonius gives, how do you think he feels about his son, Laertes? (Refer to the text)
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