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Ch 5: Shakespeare for 10th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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Learning Objectives

  • Explore the life and works of William Shakespeare.
  • Read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
  • Analyze the characters of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Compare Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to the actual history it was based off of.
  • Examine the cross-dressing characters in Twelfth Night.

28 Lessons in Chapter 5: Shakespeare for 10th 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.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

2. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters

In this lesson, you'll learn about how love goes awry when magic interferes with the crazy exploits of a group of young Athenians, some fairies and some amateur actors in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

4. 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

5. 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.

'Out, Damned Spot': Meaning & Overview

6. 'Out, Damned Spot': Meaning & Overview

Learn about the meaning and literary importance of Lady Macbeth's famous 'Out, damned spot' speech from Act 5, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's tragic play, 'Macbeth.'

Courtly Love in the Middle Ages: Definition, Characteristics & Rules

7. Courtly Love in the Middle Ages: Definition, Characteristics & Rules

Explore this lesson on courtly love, an essential concept to understanding relationships between men and women in medieval literature. Learn the definition of courtly love, its connection with chivalry, the rules of courtly love, and discover examples of works that feature courtly love from the Middle Ages.

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

8. Duke of Albany in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis

William Shakespeare's 'King Lear' is filled with greedy and ruthless characters. However, they're not all bad. Read about the Duke of Albany, Goneril's kind-hearted husband who survives the play's high body count and gets the opportunity to be king.

Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis

9. Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn who Duke Orsino is, and how his characteristics shape his role in Shakespeare's play ''Twelfth Night''. Take a look at the character analysis and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra: Summary & Analysis

10. Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you'll learn about the tragic love affair between Mark Antony and Cleopatra and the historical context in which it takes place. You'll also explore an analysis of this Shakespearean tragedy.

Shakespeare's Claudius: Character Analysis & Traits

11. Shakespeare's Claudius: Character Analysis & Traits

Claudius is one of the central characters in William Shakespeare's ''Hamlet''. Because of Claudius' behavior, Hamlet is faced with the toughest dilemma of his life. Learn more about the character Claudius in this lesson.

Shakespeare's Horatio: Character Analysis & Relationship with Hamlet

12. Shakespeare's Horatio: Character Analysis & Relationship with Hamlet

In this lesson you will learn who Horatio is, and what his role is in relationship to Hamlet in Shakespeare's play, 'Hamlet.' Take a look at the character analysis, and the relationship between Horatio and Hamlet, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespeare's Robin Goodfellow: Traits & Analysis

13. Shakespeare's Robin Goodfellow: Traits & Analysis

Robin Goodfellow, better known as 'Puck,' is the witty, likeable fairy in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' He faithfully executes the duties commanded by King Oberon, but throws in a little mischief of his own.

The Character of Macbeth:  Description & Analysis

14. The Character of Macbeth: Description & Analysis

In this lesson, you'll learn about the character of Macbeth and how he functions within the play of the same name. Take a look at the character description and analysis.

Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet: Overview & Examples

15. Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet: Overview & Examples

In this lesson, we will first define figurative language and discuss why it is used. We will then look at examples of figurative language in the text of William Shakespeare's ''Romeo & Juliet''.

The Taming of the Shrew Characters

16. The Taming of the Shrew Characters

In this lesson we will introduce the characters in ''The Taming of the Shrew''. We will also analyze some of these characters and what these characters mean to the play.

Themes in The Taming of the Shrew

17. Themes in The Taming of the Shrew

In 'The Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare we run into a few different themes. This comedy deals with a complexity of issues like gender, the importance of social hierarchy, and conformity in marriage.

Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew

18. Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew

Petruchio is the man who tames the shrew in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. The comedy focuses on how Petruchio tames his fiery new wife Kate by showing her what it's like to be around a disagreeable spouse.

Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew

19. Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew

Meet Bianca Milano from William Shakespeare's raucous comedy, ~'The Taming of the Shrew.~' This lesson discusses Bianca's character evolution in the play and invites you to consider who the shrew really is when the curtain closes in the final act.

Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew

20. Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew

This lesson focuses on Katherine, who is the shrew referred to in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. Katherine's behavior and motives are examined through a discussion of specific scenes in the play.

Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew

21. Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew

The character Lucentio from Shakespeare's ~'The Taming of the Shrew~' demonstrates how an idealistic romantic fares when confronted with practical reality. Read a summary and analysis of his character in this lesson.

Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew

22. Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew

The character Gremio from Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew'' is a humorous and oblivious figure. He comes from a comic tradition of things that make you go ''eww'' because of his rather creepy nature. In this lesson we'll find out why.

Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew

23. Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew

Get acquainted with the character Hortensio from Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew.'' Hortensio doesn't get the girl, but then he does, but he still doesn't get what he thought he was getting. Sound intriguing? Read on.

Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew

24. Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew

Vincentio is the father of Lucentio, a key character in William Shakespeare's wild comedy, 'The Taming of the Shrew.' Find out about this character and his surprise impersonator!

The Taming of the Shrew Monologues

25. The Taming of the Shrew Monologues

''The Taming of the Shrew'' is one of Shakespeare's wittiest plays, though it is also one of his most controversial due to its depiction of gender relations. Both these aspects of the play are on display in the monologues by its two main characters, Petruchio and Katherine.

Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew

26. Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew

Get acquainted with the character of Tranio from William Shakespeare's ~'The Taming of the Shrew.~' No one could have a more loyal companion and wing man.

Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew

27. Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew

Baptista Minola seeks suitable husbands for his daughters in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. His choices for his daughters rely primarily on the wealth of the suitors.

Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew

28. Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew

Get in touch with Shakespeare's goofy side through the character of Grumio from 'The Taming of the Shrew.' Find out why Grumio stands out in a play filled with comedic characters and types.

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