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Ch 3: Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature - 11th Grade: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature chapter of this 11th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to master Shakespeare and literature of the Renaissance. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering 11th grade English material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn 11th grade English. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Shakespeare or working with writings by Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning 11th grade English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Shakespeare and Renaissance literature
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Shakespeare and Renaissance literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature unit of a standard 11th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of Shakespeare's life and works
  • Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth
  • Shakespeare's sonnets
  • Christopher Marlowe's life and plays
  • Ben Jonson's poems and plays

28 Lessons in Chapter 3: Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature - 11th Grade: Help and Review
Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

2. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.

Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

3. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.

Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters

4. Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters

In this video, we'll discuss the importance of blindness, both literal and metaphorical, in Shakespeare's King Lear. We'll give an overview of the plot, characters, and explore the familial relationships central to the famous tragedy.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

5. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

6. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

7. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

8. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

Lady Macbeth: Quotes & Character Analysis

9. Lady Macbeth: Quotes & Character Analysis

Coming from Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth,' Lady Macbeth is possibly one of the most villainous characters in English literature. Little does she realize what her guilty conscience will cost her. In this lesson, we will analyze her character and motivations.

Beware The Ides Of March: Quote & Meaning

10. Beware The Ides Of March: Quote & Meaning

If someone says to you, 'beware the Ides of March,' you better keep your head up on March 15th! Read about the historical quote and how a popular Roman leader didn't heed the warning which ultimately led to his death.

Birnam Wood Quote: Meaning in Macbeth & Overview

11. Birnam Wood Quote: Meaning in Macbeth & Overview

When it comes to Shakespeare's ''Macbeth,'' the trees aren't just part of the scenery. Explore the roles that Birnam Wood plays in Macbeth, from ghostly prophecy to brilliant military strategy.

Cassio in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes

12. Cassio in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes

Cassio is a minor character who plays a major role in William Shakespeare's ''Othello''. Read this lesson to learn more about Cassio and how his friendly and naive nature makes him a target of manipulation.

Character of Cassius in Julius Caesar: Traits & Analysis

13. Character of Cassius in Julius Caesar: Traits & Analysis

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is about the betrayal of Julius Caesar by two of his closest friends, Brutus and Cassius. Learn more about the character Cassius and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Characterization in Romeo & Juliet

14. Characterization in Romeo & Juliet

In this lesson, you will learn the techniques William Shakespeare used to develop his characters through their dialogue, and how these techniques apply specifically to the characters in 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Duke of Cornwall in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis

15. Duke of Cornwall in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis

Some men fight to survive, while some men just like inflicting pain on others. In this lesson, we will learn about the cruel and sadistic Duke of Cornwall from William Shakespeare's 'King Lear.'

Duke of Milan in Two Gentleman of Verona: Traits & Analysis

16. Duke of Milan in Two Gentleman of Verona: Traits & Analysis

This lesson includes a brief summary of Shakespeare's comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona, a character analysis of the Duke of Milan, and some of his most memorable quotes.

Earl of Gloucester in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis

17. Earl of Gloucester in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis

Sometimes a man needs to be blinded in order to see. In this lesson, we will learn about the Earl of Gloucester from William Shakespeare's play ''King Lear.''

Ferdinand in The Tempest: Traits & Character Analysis

18. Ferdinand in The Tempest: Traits & Character Analysis

Prince Ferdinand is a minor character in William Shakespeare's final play 'The Tempest'. Ferdinand is the son of the King of Naples and marries the daughter of the man who sought revenge on his father. Learn more about Ferdinand's character and test your knowledge with a quiz.

King Lear's Daughters: Names & Character Analysis

19. King Lear's Daughters: Names & Character Analysis

In William Shakespeare's tragic play, 'King Lear,' Lear's daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia - serve as dramatic examples of good and evil, characteristics that lead them to either reject or redeem their father. In this lesson, you'll find a synopsis of the play and explore the familial relationships of some of the main characters.

King Lear: Character Analysis & Sketch

20. King Lear: Character Analysis & Sketch

William Shakespeare's tragic drama 'King Lear' is among the most frequently read, performed and studied of Shakespeare's plays. Lear himself is widely considered to be one of Shakespeare's most complex, dynamic and interesting characters.

Malvolio in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis, Quotes & Monologue

21. Malvolio in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis, Quotes & Monologue

Malvolio is a minor character in William Shakespeare's comedy ''Twelfth Night''. Malvolio is a pompous character who is humiliated by other characters in the story. Learn more about the character Malvolio and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Roderigo in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes

22. Roderigo in Othello: Character Analysis & Quotes

Roderigo is a minor character in William Shakespeare's play 'Othello.' He is a rich man who pursues the wrong woman and is friendly with the wrong man. Learn more about the character Roderigo in this lesson.

Rosalind in As You Like It: Character Analysis, Monologue & Quotes

23. Rosalind in As You Like It: Character Analysis, Monologue & Quotes

In Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It,' the character Rosalind is an example of ingenuity, good humor, and patience. She also proves to be a truly loyal friend. In this lesson, we will learn more about this admirable heroine.

Figurative Language in Macbeth

24. Figurative Language in Macbeth

William Shakespeare uses many different types of figurative language in ~'Macbeth.~' Some of these literary devices convey ideas beyond the literal meaning of the word, while others appeals to readers' senses, as we'll discover in this video.

Figurative Language in Hamlet

25. Figurative Language in Hamlet

''Hamlet'' by William Shakespeare is one of the most notable works of English literature. In this lesson, study how Shakespeare uses figurative language to enhance the poetic qualities and emotional situations in the play.

Figurative Language in Sonnet 18

26. Figurative Language in Sonnet 18

How important is figurative language in poetry? Complete this lesson to discover how Shakespeare used various types of figurative language in his 'Sonnet 18.'

Figurative Language in Sonnet 116

27. Figurative Language in Sonnet 116

In Sonnet 116, Shakespeare uses various styles of figurative language such as symbolism, metaphor, and personification to personify and describe love as something that is constant and unchanging.

Peer Pressure in Romeo & Juliet

28. Peer Pressure in Romeo & Juliet

Peer pressure can be a strong force, and in Romeo and Juliet, it leads to more than just the deaths of two young teenagers. Read on to find out how it affects some of the other characters in the play.

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