||Reviewing Status using Hamlet
Submitted by: Amy Ulen and Erik
Date: February 15, 1999
The student will integrate status work with the study of text by completing a
series of status exercises using V.i.30-60 of Hamlet and discussing/writing about
V.i.30-60 and prior experience with status exercises
- Have students mill and seethe using the six different status physical
types. Review the six types: wide, narrow, tall, low, forward, and back.
- In pairs, mill and seethe as master and servant. Each person
will choose a physical type and command/follow using only gibberish. Switch
master/servant roles and physical type at 30 second intervals (each student will have two
turns). Spend the last minute discussing the exercise with partner.
- Choose two groups to volunteer and feed-in the scene (V.i.30-60).
This allows the students to become familiar with the text to be used.
- In groups of four, one pair will feed-in the scene as the other pair
acts the scene using one of the six physical types. Switch.
- Back in the large group, have two or three pairs share their scenes.
- Class Discussion
- How did the change in physical types help you find a character?
- What happens to the status of the two characters during the course of
- How is status reflected vocally and physically?
- Write a dialogue between two characters who are fighting for status.
- Describe a situation where you saw two people fighting for status.
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