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Ch 3: British Plays for 12th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The British Plays for 12th Grade chapter of this 12th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about British plays. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the information involving British plays required in a typical 12th grade English course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other English work.
  • Identify the British plays concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our 12th grade English tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about British plays and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding Shakespeare, restoration comedy, works by Oscar Wilde or any other British plays topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their 12th grade English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their British plays for 12th grade unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in 12th grade English
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning British plays simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live English tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn British plays on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Take a look at the life and works of William Shakespeare.
  • Discuss fact and fiction in Shakespeare's history plays.
  • Analyze the cross-dressing characters in 'Twelfth Night'.
  • Explore the themes of 'Macbeth'.
  • Become familiar with the major authors and works of restoration comedy.
  • Learn about Oscar Wilde's works and sexuality.
  • Describe the plot and characters of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'.

17 Lessons in Chapter 3: British Plays for 12th Grade: Tutoring Solution
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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.

Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

2. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

3. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.

Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters

4. Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters

In this lesson, we'll outline the interplay between love and deception in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. We'll go over plot, characters, and figure out what Shakespeare's cross-dressing heroine Viola means in the context of love.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

9. 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

10. 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.

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

11. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

12. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

13. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

Waiting for Godot:  Plot, Characters, and Style

14. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style

In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.

Arms & the Man: Summary, Characters & Themes

15. Arms & the Man: Summary, Characters & Themes

You might think there's nothing more romantic than a triumphant hero returning to his beloved, but some of the characters in Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' would disagree. Find out more about this play, including its characters and themes, and read a brief synopsis.

As You Like It by Shakespeare: Summary, Analysis & Characters

16. As You Like It by Shakespeare: Summary, Analysis & Characters

In this lesson, we will explore Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It,' an adventurous tale with the flavor of Robin Hood, a tale in the Forest of Arden with romance around every tree. It is a story of disguise and love triangles, and all of the confusion gets sorted out in the end.

Salome by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Overview

17. Salome by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Overview

Oscar Wilde's 'Salome' is a play based on a story from the Bible. It tells the tragic story of Salome, King Herod's stepdaughter. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the plot of ''Salome.''

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