Free Graded Readers (B2)

Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare; Retold by Jennifer Bassett
2000 Word Level, CEFR B2, MReader rl[7]

Hamlet is rich, handsome and clever. He drives a sports car, is popular with women, and should have a great future. Until one night, in the shadow of a factory wall, he begins to discover the true story of his father’s death. He was murdered. Murdered by someone Hamlet knows. . .

Simply Shakespeare brings the themes of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays to the English language learner. The plays are retold in narrative form, in modern language and have also been re-interpreted for today’s world.

This text was originally rated “A2” but the grammar used is much more advanced.

 

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare; Retold by Jennifer Bassett
2000 Word Level, CEFR B2, MReader rl[7]

Chicago, the windy city. Money, guns, business, and crime. Big crime. At the top sits Lear, Lear ‘the King’, Lear the Boss, whose strong hand has ruled the gangster underworld for years. Lear is old, tired — tired of giving orders and making decisions, tired of power. . . But power isn’t like a box of sweets. You can’t just give it away. . .
Simply Shakespeare brings the themes of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays to the English language learner. The plays are retold in narrative form, in modern language and have also been re-interpreted for today’s world.

This text was originally rated “A2” but the grammar used is much more advanced.

 

 

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