Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Teachers Guide for Macbeth
Summary and commentary, prereading, analysis and followup, extended learning activities, bibliography. Adobe Reader required.

Teaching Macbeth
In this post-reading activity, students explore 4 themes from the play.

Technology and Shakespeare: Writing, Researching, Knowing
Students will study vision, interpretation and action in the plays Macbeth and Hamlet . Through textual analysis and writing, students explore the intersection of seeing and knowing as presented in the two plays. Unit plan includes 3 learning activities.

"They Smack of Honor Both": Macbeth and a Nonfiction Source
Students will critique Shakespeare's text in terms of plot, themes, character motivation, and character development through a comparative analysis with Holinshed's 1577 book, The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande . Students will complete a Venn diagram of the similarities and differences of the source and Shakespeare’s play.

Text of the play presented in two formats: broken into scenes , or the play as a whole .

Resource Pack: Macbeth
Videos with analysis of the play, Popplet character analysis, ShowMe analysis of key moments in the play, and more.

Vocabulary from Macbeth :

Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of other use, more.

"What are these…?"
Students will analyze the weird sisters by examining a primary source: Holinshed's The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande . Students will use the elements of visual literacy to analyze a woodcut from Holinshed. Students will synthesize the information from the primary source, the play, and the visual to create descriptions of the weird sisters.

"What's up with the Crime Scene?"
Students will be introduced to Macbeth by creating a scene using a script without character names and stage directions. Students will use inference skills to add movement and meaning to the scene. Students use dialogue only to discover the structure and format of the scene and create introductory decisions about the characters in the play.

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