King Lear


  • Lear and Cordelia | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Use these videos about King Lear to explore the conflict and resolution between father and daughter in the play. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn about the play's ever-changing family dynamic.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The King and the Fool | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This Shakespeare Uncovered media gallery explores the relationship between King Lear and his unnamed Fool. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn about the historical role of the Fool in medieval courts and explore how the relationship between Lear and the Fool evolves.

    Grades: 9-12
  • King Lear with Christopher Plummer

    In this episode from Shakespeare Uncovered, Christopher Plummer is your guide through King Lear--one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles.

    Grades: 9-12
  • King Lear: Who Is the Man Without His Crown? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    These videos from Shakespeare Uncovered examine how identity becomes a driving theme in King Lear after the title character gives up his crown. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will come to understand how Lear's fragile sense of identity evolves over the course of the play.

    Grades: 9-12
  • "Blow, Winds, and Crack Your Cheeks!": Staging King Lear’s Storm | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This video from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the famous storm scene in King Lear, with a focus on how it's staged. The video and accompanying support materials are best used during or after a reading of King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will come to understand the significance of the storm and how various stagings of it impact the character of King Lear.

    Grades: 9-12
  • And They All Lived Happily Ever After: King Lear's Alternate Ending | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This video from Shakespeare Uncovered explores an alternate ending to King Lear written by Nahum Tate in 1681, which ends with Lear regaining his throne and Cordelia marrying Edgar. The video and accompanying support materials are best used after reading King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will see Globe Theatre actors present this alternate ending and debate whether or not the deaths of Lear and Cordelia are necessary to the play's overall message.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Gloucester and His Sons: King Lear's Subplot | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This video from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the subplot of King Lear, diving into the family dynamics of the Earl of Gloucester and the infamous blinding scene. The video and accompanying classroom materials are best used during or after a reading of King Lear. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will come to understand the significance of the play's subplot and its eye imagery.

    Grades: 9-12

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