Hamlet AS and A Level English Literature Activity Pack

Set text for:
  • AQA B AS & A Level
  • Edexcel A Level
  • OCR AS & A Level
  • Eduqas A Level

Hamlet is considered Shakespeare’s most successful and celebrated work for a reason. At the core of his famous soliloquies is a complex, thrilling and tragic play filled with grief, betrayal, love and family.

This Activity Pack explores the play’s key themes through engaging activities, stimulating discussion prompts and interesting ideas for further research and analysis.

Ready-to-use handouts cover the whole text, for you to mix and match to suit your class.

Activities include:

  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group tasks
  • visual, audio and kinaesthetic tasks
  • further research

Accessible for every level and linked to the AOs!

Plus! Answers to all activities

Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study

Appealing chapter-by-chapter tasks guide students through the play, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged

Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas of: Characterisation • Relationships • Genre • Themes • Attitudes and Values • Writer's use of language • Form • Structure • Context • Critical Reception

What do teachers say about this resource? (10399)

A carefully constructed resource with a range of different activities that targeted a variety of different AOs that would be incredibly useful to any teacher as a starting point when planning and delivering a series of lessons on this text. Hamlet can be quite an intimidating text to begin teaching: this gave an accessible entry point for any teacher.

Each activity could be the basis for a lesson introducing a set theme or section of the play. They lend themselves well to being adapted or developed: I could easily see how I could use activities either as a starter or as a plenary activity, or indeed to support learning or as a flipped resource to allow pupils to engage with certain sections of the play before teaching them. They were in-depth and could easily be part of a lesson that would stretch and challenge pupils through access to some of the other resources (critical articles etc). I felt therefore that the educational value of this resource lay partly in how it differentiated effectively, giving extra information that would push the more able.

An excellent resource: a veritable cornucopia of ideas and go-to activities to help both teachers and pupils.

J Hathaway, Head of English & Peer Reviewer