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This post was originally published on the HS Bits Blog, which was active from 2008-2013.   The importance of Hamlet seems nearly inarguable. References and allusions to Hamlet abound in American culture, as do theatrical productions and films: in the last decade I’ve seen nearly a dozen takes on the bard’s longest play, from the

Author Renee Shea presents at the AP® Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.   The greatest impediment to successful poetry analysis is that students find it difficult to identify meaning. Yet when teachers ask students to study poems, we unwittingly compound this situation. We ask students to dissect a decontextualized poem into poetic