Is truth knowable?

Before we begin this WebQuest, first take the poll at the link provided below giving your opinion of whether truth is knowable.

This is the question you will contemplate and attempt to answer by the end of this WebQuest. 

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark has been referred to as a play about the impossibility of certainty in one's actions. Hamlet is noble, intellectual, and witty, but he finds it impossible to commit an act of revenge due to his uncertainty regarding the truth of his father's death. 

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In this WebQuest, you and your fellow scholars will access various hamlet-related media including scenes from the play as well as analysis by actors and Shakespeare scholars. Using these videos and articles, as well as the text we covered in class, you will answer questions from each task section and eventually formulate an answer to the question "Is truth knowable?" 

This WebQuest has been designed to fulfill 12th grade English content standards including the following...

ELA.12.R.C1.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the literary text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text and a variety of other sources, including determining where the literary text leaves matters uncertain. 

ELA.12.R.C1.5: Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze there development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex critical analysis. 

ELA.12.R.C1.6:  Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the intellectual text and media.  

ELA.12.R.C3.1: Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g. recorded or live version of a play or a recorded novel), critically evaluating how each version interprets the source text (including at least on play by shakespeare). 

Chad Jordan

This template was created by Chad Jordan from the work of Bernie Dodge.