King Lear Teaching Guides
King Lear Cambridge School Shakespeare
Designed to help both experienced and inexperienced teachers, the Cambridge School Shakespeare King Lear takes into account the National Curriculum for English, GCSE and A-level. Approaching King Lear as a text to be enacted in the classroom, the Cambridge School Shakespeare provides editorial comments and guidelines for active examination in groups and individually, with a focus on the theatrical and imaginative world of the play. 240 pages. Published 1996.
Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's King Lear
Edited by Robert H. Ray from the excellent series Approaches to Teaching World Literature from the Modern Language Association. Helpfully divided into two sections, the book aims to confront the difficulties teachers can have in presenting the play, aiming to make the study work accessible and engaging. The first section, Materials, explores the various texts and recommends audiovisual aids and reading lists. The second section, Approaches, is presented in the form of essays in which sixteen teachers offer creative ideas of how to tackle King Lear in the classroom. 166 pages. First published 1986.
King Lear - The Center for Learning Curriculum Units
by Anthony Maur Neelan for educational publishers The Center for Learning. Aimed at grade level 9 - 12. Includes 14 lesson plans exploring themes, language and imagery and 7 ready to use student handouts. Also features clear objectives and procedures, concise teacher notes and a guide to supplementary activities. 92 pages spiral bound. Published in 2005.
On CD and MP3:
Smartpass Teacher - King Lear
The ultimate classroom tool for the study of the texts - full-cast drama with commentary or without, supported by a series of comprehensive CD-Rom bonus material designed to inspire and engage your students.CD-Rom Bonus includes a Teacher Pack of 15 multi-page projects and Read Along Scripts presented as PDF documents, which can be printed, viewed on-screen or projected onto an interactive white board. Running time 11 hours 40 minutes.
Standard Deviants School - Approaches to King Lear
A short DVD programme (26 minutes) of the basic introduction to King Lear in the classroom, including important scenes and characters.
Standard Deviants School - King Lear Basics
A short DVD (26 minutes) of the plot of King Lear.
Standard Deviants - Shakespeare Tragedies
Covering King Lear, Macbeth and Othello, this 45 minute DVD looks at the three main characters in Shakespeare's tragedies.
Rocketbooks King Lear DVD
Over two hours of study guides is provided on DVD with Rocketbooks King Lear. Starting with an interactive menu, the DVD leads to scene analysis, summaries and pop quizzes.
Teaching Systems Shakespeare - King Lear Basics
2 discs of 26 minutes on the plot of King Lear, the tragic form, and the characters of King Lear, Cordelia, Edmund, Edgar, Goneril and Regan.
Teaching Systems Shakespeare - Approaches to King Lear
2 discs of 26 minutes on the dual plot of King Lear and Gloucester, the figurative approach to art, and the use of metaphor and images.
General Shakespeare Teaching Guides
Teaching Shakespeare - A Handbook for Teachers
Rex Gibson's book provides practical active learning techniques and activities for teachers in schools, colleges, and higher education institutions.
For a Publishing History of King Lear click here to go to our Guide to the Quarto and Folio editions of King Lear.
For currently available texts and versions of the play of King Lear click here to go to our King Lear Books Guide.
For currently available Critical Studies of King Lear click here to go to our King Lear Criticism Guide.
For currently available Student Notes and Guides to King Lear click here to go to our King Lear Notes Guide.
For currently available books on Performing, Acting and Directing King Lear click here to go to our King Lear Theatre Books Guide.
For King Lear Quarto editions click here.
For King Lear Folio editions click here.