Home
Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
Teaching Resources
• Teaching Modules
Teaching Modules Archive

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly

Great Speeches by William Shakespeare



Teachers' Rating:
  48 ratings


King Lear

 
February 2011
 

Scott O'Neil teaches at North Harford High School in Pylesville, MD.


 

Plays/Scenes Covered
King Lear, Act 2, Scene 4
 
What's On for Today and Why

The most recognized and accomplished English language writer, William Shakespeare’s themes, characters and speeches are quoted in literature, contemporary society and popular culture.  This unit will expose students to the plot lines of selected of Shakespeare’s plays and the language of some of his best speeches.  After each speech, students will have an opportunity to see examples of those lines popping up in contemporary entertainment and culture.

 

The lesson using a speech from King Lear will take one 45-minute class period. It could also be expanded into a Shakespeare unit, with speeches from 10-11 plays studied over a sequence of several class periods.  


 
What You Need

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


Documents:
Shakespeare Scribbles - King Lear
Shakespeare's Greatest Speeches: King Lear
 
 
What To Do

1. Distribute copies of the Shakespeare's Greatest Speeches handout. You may want to open class with a discussion on the following questions as a warm-up.

 

What is the practical importance of reading difficult text?

How can we tell what the mood or tone of a speech is?

 

2. Working alone, in pairs, or in groups, students will use the Shakespeare's Greatest Speeches handout to familiarize themselves with the plot of King Lear and the actions that happen before and after the "Lear's Tear's" speech in Act 2.

 

3. Distribute the Shakespeare's Scribbles handout for "Lear's Tears." Using what they have learned about the play's characters and plot, students will write three questions they have about the play, as well as three predictions for what might happen in Lear's speech.

 

4. Students will read Lear's speech from Act 2, Scene 4 on the Shakespeare's Greatest Speeches handout and then work with a partner to write a detailed summary of the speech.

 

5. You may ask students to brainstorm where they have seen and heard Shakespeare's plays alluded to in popular culture or share your own list of allusions. For King Lear, references include the Canadian sitcom series Slings and Arrows, the song "Cordelia" by The Tragically Hip, and the novel A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (also made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer.)  

 


 


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.

Login or register to post comments.

89 CommentsOldest | Newest

This is some pretty damn nice stuff from your side. I could not have asked for a much better post than this and I was really delighted to read this. I hope you will keep on giving us such amazing posts. Cheers! Contoh Model Rambut Panjang muneer December 21, 2014 12:13 PM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. I would like to know more about this artist. Thanks for the article.keep it up...
direct cash advance lenders
muneer December 21, 2014 6:21 AM

I feel really happy to have seen your webpage and look forward to so many more entertaining times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details. kjop norge
bright December 21, 2014 5:12 AM

rasvaimu Actually I am not habituate to reply a comment on blogs but this blog caught my attention and I am compelled to write a comment here to express my gratitude to you. I would like to appreciate for this awesome work
jack December 20, 2014 3:57 AM

Very informative and also easy to understand. I was searching for something like that for quite a long time and at last I have found it here. https://rebelmouse.com/pottytrainingin3daysreview/
muneer December 20, 2014 3:45 AM

Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing knowledge with us. This site is fantastic. I always find great knowledge from it.baking mats silicone
bright December 20, 2014 1:59 AM

I feel really happy to have seen your webpage and look forward to so many more entertaining times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details. raoulnovelli.it
Faizan December 18, 2014 7:31 AM

Very exciting to study this content.I would like to thank you for the initiatives you had created for composing this amazing content. furniture store
Faizan December 18, 2014 4:23 AM

When I was well grown, at last, I was sold and taken away, and I never saw her again. She was broken-hearted, and so was I, and we cried, Empire Z triche
amrando December 17, 2014 5:50 PM

Excellent information on your blog, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists. russian snip
muneer December 17, 2014 9:38 AM


View More
  Common Core State Standards

There are no standards associated with this Lesson Plan.
 
 
Additional Information

Note to Mozilla Firefox Users: If the PDF documents are freezing, please try the following fix: Go to Tools. Under Options click the Applications icon. Under Content Type, find Adobe Acrobat Document. Select Use Adobe Reader. If the option already says Use Adobe Reader, try changing the option to Use Adobe Acrobat.



Bookmark and Share   
 
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
RSS   
 
  Address:
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
    Hours:
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
    Phone:
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623