After Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s most taught and performed play. Dark and difficult, the world of medieval Scotland can feel far from the lives of our students, challenging their comprehension.
The projects below are designed to fill some of that gap. Included are 12, short assignments that ask students to make inferences about Macbeth’s world and connections with their own. As each is designed to be completed in a single period or less, they can be used flexibly. If differentiation and access is your goal, pass them out as a packet and allow students to choose. Alternatively, push both comprehension and collaboration by dividing your class into groups of 2 or 3, doling out the assignments as you see fit, and then gallery walking their results.