Excerpt from King Lear Literature Study Guide

King Lear Literature Study Guide from 7SistersHomeschool

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Written to accompany William Shakespeare’s iconic, highly quotable tragedy filled with betrayal and madness, this literature study guide helps you get the most out of King Lear.

Literature study guides from 7Sisters Homeschool inspire students rather than tire them with busywork that kills the story.

Instead of attempting to start with analysis and the deciphering of Elizabethan English, these Shakespeare guides introduce teens to the Bard and his amazing ability to tell stories, to create characters to whom we can relate, and to present life situations to which we can connect emotionally and intellectually.

(For more on author Sabrina Justison’s philosophy of teaching Shakespeare to teens, scroll down.)

Our guides are easy to adapt for use at an:

  • Average High School
  • College Prep
  • Honors Level

King Lear SHAKESPEARE Study Guide

focuses on the following literary devices:

  • TRAGEDY according to Aristotle’s definition, as obeyed by William Shakespeare
  • Theme: blindness and madness
  • the power of disguise

Students are guided through a three-step process to help them encounter the play in a positive way, with follow-up VOCABULARY work and essay writing or personal response paper assignments to help them articulate their thoughts about the characters, the plot, the ideas, and the whole Shakespeare experience.

Here’s how it works:

  • First, read the SUPER-FAST SUMMARY that sets them up to track with the story.
  • Next, watch a production of the play. (There’s a video of a quality production recommended in the guide.) Refer to the summary as needed in order to keep up with what’s happening.
    • Don’t worry about catching every single detail. Let the STORY play out in front of your eyes. Let the CHARACTERS introduce themselves to you.
    • Which of them do you like? Dislike?
    • Does one of them remind you a little bit of someone you know? Of yourself?
    • While you are watching the production, there is no need to take notes; just enjoy the story and think in general terms about ways in which you connect with it.
  • After the performance is ended, READ THE PLAY and answer the no-busywork, brain-engaging questions that follow in the guide, designated by Act and Scene.

Each guide concludes with vocabulary work, writing prompts, enrichment ideas and recommended passages for memorization.

King Lear SHAKESPEARE Study Guide

is an EBook curriculum complete with:

  • background information
  • vocabulary
  • questions by Act and Scene
  • suggested writing assignments
  • enrichment activities
  • recommended passages for memorization
  • answer key

This product downloads as two separate PDF files. One file is intended for student use. This document contains fillable fields so students can type their answers directly into the guide. The other document is the answer key, intended for the parent.

Are you new to 7Sisters Literature Study Guides? Here are some things that make our guides unique and useful. (This is also true of all of our curriculum.)

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When you download a 7Sisters study guide, your homeschool high schoolers have good opportunities to learn in engaging, no-busywork, inspirational ways!

Allison Thorp

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