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King Lear- Cut a Scene

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February 2009
Michael Klein teaches at Sachem High School in Ronkonkoma, New York.

Plays/Scenes Covered
King Lear, Act 1
What's On for Today and Why

Students will be given the text of King Lear and will have read Act I in its entirety on their own coming into this assignment. After some class discussion of basic plot, characters, and themes, students will use a Silent Scene Model to identify the most critical elements of the scene.Each group will then be assigned a specific scene in Act I to edit and perform.


This lesson is designed for at least three class sessions. The model scene, and the division of the class into groups for the first day; reading and cutting for homework; final editing and rehearsal for the second day; performance and discussion the final day.

What You Need

Folger edition of King Lear
Available in Folger print edition and Folger Digital Texts

King Lear Act 5.3 Silent Scene Model – Handout.

How Did It Go?
Were the students able to edit the script effectively? Were students able to identify the critical elements of the scene? Were students able to justify their editorial and acting choices?

If you used this lesson, we would like to hear how it went and about any adaptations you made to suit the needs of YOUR students.

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