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Folger Education and PBS

King Lear

This spring, Folger Education is partnering with PBS to provide teachers with resources for teaching Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, King Lear. The Royal Shakespeare Company's production, starring Sir Ian McKellen in the title role, airs on PBS in late March—check your local listings for showtime.


Folger Education experts will blog, participate in a free webinar, and provide lesson plans and teaching strategies for creatively bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom.


As a national leader in humanities education and teaching Shakespeare, Folger Education is dedicated to providing educators with outstanding classroom resources. Click on the links below or view our resources in the sidebar to learn more.




Senior Consultant on Education Michael Lomonico shares creative methods for helping students engage with the language and characters of King Lear .

Read Mike's Blog




Expert teachers from across the United States—all of whom have participated in Folger Education's Teaching Shakespeare Institute— moderate a webinar on practical ways to use technology to teach Shakespeare in new and different ways.


To participate in this free webinar on Mar 18 at 8pm EST, you must register in advance through PBS Teachers Connect. PBS will email you a login information the week of the webinar.

Sign Up for the Webinar.


Webinar participants receive a 15% discount on the King Lear DVD (AV-rights or home video version) at the PBS Shop for Teachers.

Lesson Plans


Get the ideas and resources you need to explore King Lear with your students! Our "Play-by-Play" page brings you all of our King Lear resources— from lesson plans to production photo albums— all in one place.

Go Play.  


Expert Opinion


Gail Kern Paster, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will answer questions on King Lear as a guest contributor on PBS's Engage blog on April 2.

King Lear

King Lear

Shakespeare. King Lear. London, 1608

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Teaching King Lear

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