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Olivier Lear

 

Laurence Olivier as King Lear in the Granada TV production.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Shakespeare's great tragedy has just been made much easier.

 

 

Contents of the Guide

 

Teacher's Guide

 

Study Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Suggested Teaching Plan

4

Differing Interpretations

3

Plot Summary

5

Shakespeare's World

4

Scene-by-scene Commentary

6

Sources

6

Questions to Help Clarify the Plot

19

Texts and Performances

7

Conflict

21

Introducing the Main Characters

8

Examining Scenes One and Two

22

Keep a Log

9

Language Analysis: Scene One

29

Questions to Help Clarify the Plot

10

Questions To Further Understanding

33

Conflict Task Sheet

11

Structure

37

Examining Scenes One and Two

13

The Two Plot Structure

40

Language Analysis: Scene One

14

Structure Notes

42

Questions To Further Understanding

16

Structure 2:  Language Patterns

 

Structure Task Sheet

17

Paradox and Dramatic Irony

44

Structure 2: Patterns of Language

18

The Gods

45

Shakespeare's Language

19

"Nothing"

47

Themes

20

Symbolism

48

Setting Task Sheet

21

Language Notes

49

Characterisation Tasks

22

Themes

55

Character Questions

23

Setting

61

Exploring Issues in Depth

24

Character Questions

63

Extension

25

Character Notes

66

Quizzes

26

Exploring Issues in Depth

72

Quotation quizzes

34

Model Essay

75

Essay Topics

37

Quiz Answers

78

Useful Definitions

38

Worksheet Answers

82

Worksheets

 

Bibliography

84

Study Record

40

Structure Worksheet

85

Easy plot Summary

41

 

 

Vocabulary

42

 

 

Quotations to Complete

43

 

 

Character Chart

45

 

 

Exam Question

46

 

 

Structure Worksheet

47

Extras on the CD: A Christian Interpretation; Chronology of Shakespeare's Time; Elizabethan World View; Glossary of Literary Terms; Reconsidering Soliloquies; Shakespeare's Language; Presentation of Essays; Tragedy According to Aristotle; and a full script.

 

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