This product can be used either as teacher lecture notes or a student handout. It provides a solid introduction to a study of William Shakespeare. Subtopics in the notes include Family, Education, Wife and Children, Plays, and Language. I have personally used these notes to introduce a variety of Shakespearean plays, including "Macbeth," "Othello," "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," and "King Lear." They provide a basic background on the Bard and his work and are adaptable enough to use with a wide variety of his works.