Write a News Article describing the events that took place during the final scene(Act5, II) in Hamlet.What is the main event that you will be discussing? Who?What?Where?When?Why?How? What are the...

Write a News Article describing the events that took place during the final scene(Act5, II) in Hamlet.

What is the main event that you will be discussing?

Who?What?Where?When?Why?How?

What are the ten most important facts that people need to know about this event?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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First, you must consider the elements of a news article. Leave out the opinions, and present just the facts. Include as much of the basic questions as possible: who, what, where, when, why, and how.  The most important items are given first, with the lesser important items provided in the last paragraphs--this is called inverted pyramid writing and is done so for two reasons:  one, people have limited time to read the news and they usually don't read an article all the way through (just the first few paragraphs); and another reason points to limited space in the newspaper...if anything is cut from the article, it is usually the last few paragraphs of lesser important information.

Next, consider what actually happened in Act V.  In the first scene of Act V Hamlet discovers Ophelia is dead, and he and Laertes confront each other in the graveyard.  In scene two, the planned sword match takes place.  Laertes and Claudius know one sword is poisoned, and Claudius also poisons the wine and marks it with a pearl.  Laertes and Hamlet both are wounded by the poisoned sword, at which time Laertes confesses to Hamlet the King's plan to kill the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet.  The Queen drinks the poisoned wine and dies.  Hamlet then stabs the King with the same sword and makes him drink the poisoned wine.  Hamlet dies, but not before he tells Horatio to stay alive in order to tell Fortinbras that he is Hamlet's chosen successor to the throne.  Hamlet is given a honorable burial,  Fortinbras is the new King, and everything smells sweeter in Denmark.

Take these events and answer your important questions, but make sure you begin your article in an interesting way to hook your reader.  Tease them a little to make them want to read the rest.  Good luck!

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