Macbeth - teaching resource

Macbeth Teaching Resources

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Macbeth GCSE Unit of Work 

Macbeth is a GCSE unit of work containing a 192-slide PowerPoint, 44 worksheets, lesson plans and a unit overview. This engaging unit explores the play act by act and scene by scene, analysing its plot, characters, themes, language and historical context through a range of stimulating activities. The unit can be used if you are following the AQA, Eduqas, Edexcel or OCR GCSE course.

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Below are examples of the activities contained in the lessons.

- Historical / social / literary context - a biography of Shakespeare's life and the Elizabethan theatre

- Scene by scene activities to consolidate understanding

- Comprehension questions to assess students’ knowledge of plot, character, language, context and themes

- Analysis of the characters of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Banquo

- Exploration of the key themes (ambition, betrayal, evil, the supernatural)

- The social and historical context of the play – witches, witchcraft and the play’s representation of women

- Developing key reading skills - inference and deduction

- Using P.E.T.E.R. Point/Evidence/Technique/Explain/Reader to write an effective GCSE exam response

- Close analysis of Shakespeare’s language, key quotes and Macbeth's key soliloquies and monologues

- Shakespeare's use of tension and suspense in Macbeth

- Role play - hot-seating activities

- Understanding key characters through empathy writing tasks – diaries and letters

- Video links to help the teaching and learning of key scenes 

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