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Activity Overview


Much like a Greek chorus announcing the events of a play, students will create a newspaper article that announces and details an event or events from Hamlet. While students will want to focus on one main event, such as the death of the king, they may also include side stories that they can extrapolate from sub-plots or their imagination. What might someone living at the time hear about the events at the castle?

Students should be sure to include illustrations of scenes or portraits to accompany their headlines much like a real newspaper. While students are welcome to write their pieces with Shakespearean flair, they can use modern English as well.

For additional templates to include in this assignment, check out our Newspaper Poster and Newspaper Worksheet templates!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences
  • [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 the front page of a newspaper set during or just after the events of Hamlet.


  1. Click "Start Assignment."
  2. Create a title for your newspaper and a catchy headline for the main story.
  3. Use appropriate scenes, characters and items to create "photographs" for your article.
  4. Include captions for "photographs".
  5. Write the accompanying text for the main story, and any other articles on the front page.
    • You may need to delete the placeholder lines and add new Textables.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.


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