Ch 1: Shakespeare Overview Study Guide

About This Chapter

The Shakespeare Overview chapter of this Shakespeare Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the life and works of William Shakespeare. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of Shakespeare.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material from Shakespeare will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn Shakespeare. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the life of Shakespeare and the significance of his work
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning Shakespeare (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Shakespeare
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature 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 Overview 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 Overview chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Shakespeare 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 overview unit of a standard Shakespeare course. Topics covered include:

  • Details about William Shakespeare's life
  • Shakespeare's major works
  • English Renaissance authors' impact on literature
  • How England's Golden Age helped the arts grow and flourish
  • Modern American English and early new British English
  • Figures of speech
  • Approaches used by literary critics
  • Major English dramas produced before Shakespeare's time
  • London's theatres and dramatic companies
  • The connection between Shakespeare and London's Globe Theatre

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Shakespeare Overview Study Guide
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

2. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

3. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

What Is a Figure of Speech?

4. What Is a Figure of Speech?

In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

5. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

The Globe Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the world. There have been a number of plays performed at The Globe Theatre, including many of the plays written by William Shakespeare. Learn more about the theatre, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespearean Vocabulary

6. Shakespearean Vocabulary

Reading Shakespeare can be a daunting task, but with the right vocabulary guide, comprehending the text is easier than you think. In this lesson we will identify and define common words from the Shakespearean Era to better understand meaning.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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