King Lear: Homework Study Schedule

King Lear: Homework study schedule

The majority of reading materials will be contained in your critical pack; videos and podcasts available through your A-level playlist. Tick when completed and make sure you manage your workload – do not leave it all until the last minute.

 

Week 1:

  Read the background of the text in your critical resource pack
  Read ‘critical reception’
  Listen to and make notes on ‘King Lear’ by Melvyn Bragg on In Our Time

available on your A-level English playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwaLIaLu8wcyM5SI5unJ2EpuzRFyCNnpR

  Learn week 1 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
  Essay:

‘A nihilistic vision of humankind which denies all hope.’ How far is this true of tragedy in King Lear?

Or

“King Lear is not only a tragedy of parents and children, of pride and ingratitude; it is also a tragedy of kingship.” Discuss with reference to power relations in King Lear.

Due in 2 weeks

 

Week 2:

  Read ‘The Classical Unities’ How does King Lear meet or break from these traditional principles? Write your answer for each unity and be prepared to share in class.
  Short Extract Analysis: Act 1 Scene 1

Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the theme of love.  Comment on the use of literary, linguistic and rhetorical devices and conventions to create specific dramatic effects.

  Learn week 2 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
  Essay continued

 

Week 3:

  Watch and make notes on: King Lear Subplot 1-4 available on your A-level English playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwaLIaLu8wcyM5SI5unJ2EpuzRFyCNnpR

   
  Learn week 3 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
  Essay:

How far and in what ways is Lear changed by suffering?

Or

‘At the beginning of the play, Lear is a King, a father, a master and a man. As the action develops, the first three roles are stripped from him and he is forced to consider what the last of them means.’ Show how Lear is stripped of his roles and evaluate the truth and significance of the claim that Lear is forced to consider what it means to be a man. Due in two weeks

 

Week 4:

   
   
  Learn week 4 spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
  Essay continued

 

Week 5:

   
   
  Revise randomized spellings and definitions of Tier 2 vocabulary
  Essay:

‘Gloucester is no less a tragic figure than his king.’ To what extent can you agree with this view?

Or

‘King Lear makes clear how fragile life is – how thinly divided happiness is from misery.’ To what extent is this the way you read the play? Due in two weeks

 

Week 6:

   
   
   
  Essay continued

 

Week 7:

  Revision: Completion of both practice paper questions for WET04
   
   
   

 

Week 8:

  Revision for Mock Exam
   
   
   

 

Week 9:

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