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Activity Overview


A fun way for students to express their understanding of a story, its themes, and main characters, is to create a movie poster. As students read Hamlet, they may have a favorite stop on his journey or perhaps they enjoyed the entire story. Have students create a movie poster, complete with a title, casting, and an image that conveys important information from the story.

To make this a class assignment, consider giving each student a different act or character to focus on. When students complete their posters, they can be printed out and hung in the classroom. If you'd like to extend this to your entire Shakespeare unit, students can complete different posters for each play.

For additional templates to add to this assignment, check out our movie poster templates!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Movie Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a movie poster that evokes the theme, story, and other relevant information about Hamlet.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for your movie poster using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Add any additional information, like a tagline, actors, directors, etc.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.


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