Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Lesson plans and teaching resources

For introductory, background and other resources, try Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age. For links to other plays, try the Shakespeare Main Page.

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Macbeth Lesson Plan
Introductory lecture, scene-by-scene lesson plans, essay and discussion questions, assessments. Also available: puzzle pack, response journal, AP Teaching Unit, activity pack, more.

Teacher Guide to The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes essential questions, plot diagram, character maps, Aristotelian elements of the tragic hero, motifs and images, conflict analysis, more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

The 32-second Macbeth
This lesson focuses on plot and is designed for use after reading the play.

60-Second Shakespeare
On this page, a summary of the play in tabloid style from the BBC. Follow links to learn how your students can produce something similar.

And ... Freeze!
Students practice close reading and develop tableaux as a start to the performance process.

Anon Methought the Umbrellas Began to Move
This activity involves the whole class in a simple but effective dramatization of the Third Apparition's prophecy in 4.1 regarding Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane. Written by a teacher; posted at the Folger Library site.

Can you hear Macbeth now?
This lesson will help students understand how sound can affect our understanding of a scene. By listening to the audio recording of 1.2.145, they will gain a sense of who Macbeth and Macdonwald are, and by creating their own versions of 3.3, they will be able to hear the murder of Banquo with new ears.

CliffsNotes Macbeth video
The play in a 7-minute cartoon updated for contemporary audiences. Includes introduction of major themes. A great pre-reading activity!

"Double, double, toil and trouble": A Dual Exploration of Macbeth
By playing two roles in a scene, students explore differences in characters.

English Class in Performance
If you want your students to get up and perform Shakespeare, here are some abridged scripts: The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest.

Enjoying Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Very extensive background, commentary, and analysis: enough gruesome trivia to keep a class fascinated.

"Knock, knock"
Students will explore the use of sound as a special effect to enhance or radically change the meaning of a scene. They will provide a soundscape for Macbeth's porter scene, and conclude by listening to and watching two very different film treatments of the scene.

Theme: Lust for Power Can Lead to Loss of Humanity. Summary, theme openers, cross curricular activities, research assignments from McDougal Littel.

Plot summary, themes, discussion of witchcraft, essay topics, more.

A variety of post-reading activities, organized by level of difficulty.

A variety of post-reading activities. Some projects address multiple intelligences.

Reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, a biopoem, and vocabulary crossword puzzles.

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