King Lear: Study Guide

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Characters who slowly descend into madness make great material for tragedies. A study guide from the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival introduces theater goers to Shakespeare's tragic play King Lear. Along with an extensive summary of each act, the resource includes activities on paraphrasing and imagery.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Watch more than one performance of King Lear and compare different ways the directors interpret the text
  • Rather than having learners draw pictures of scenes in the play, have them stage scenes and take photographs to represent the action
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires that learners have a copy of the play
  • Review the entire resource before considering using the 5-7 grade plan
Pros
  • Provides discussion questions related to common themes in the text
  • Contains a complete learning plan for grades 5-7 and 7-12    
Cons
  • Lacks specific time frames to guide teachers as they implement the lessons