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Shakespeare's Tragedies and an Acting Lesson: Crash Course Theater #15

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Who doesn't love a play where most of the characters die? Such deaths are a defining characteristic of many of Shakespeare's tragedies, the topic of an informational video on the Bard and his works. Along with outlining the plot elements of some of Shakespeare's famous plays, the narrator shares details about the history of the theater and actors involved in the dramas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the definition of tragedy and what characteristics make a play a tragedy as opposed to a history or a comedy
  • Review the plots of some of Shakespeare's tragedies and note similarities among them
Classroom Considerations
  • Addresses some mature issues found in Shakespeare's plays
  • 15th in the Crash Course Theater playlist
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Brings in artwork from the time period to enhance the content
  • Shares an animated summary of King Lear to make it easier for viewers to understand
  • Moves at a very fast pace; therefore, pause the video frequently to permit viewers to ask questions