What better way to make Shakespeare more relevant to students than by teaching his work through music? This set of analysis questions and musical annotation activities will help your students make connections between what happens in Macbeth in an engaging and meaningful way. Implement this activity throughout the course of the play and your students will be grateful for the change in atmosphere and style!
1. Lyrics for 5 songs (1 for Each Act)
- “Roll Away Your Stone” by Mumford and Sons (Act 1)
- “Blame” by Bastille (Act 2)
- “Unwell” by Matchbox 20 (Act 3)
- “Rise Up” by Imagine Dragons (Act 4)
- “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay (Act 5)
2. Annotation Guide for Each Song
3. In-Depth Analysis Questions for Each Act
- Students must use the song and the play as evidence
- Questions focus on characterization, character development, main idea, conflict, plot development, etc.
4. Detailed Answer Keys!!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read a text for explicit and implicit meanings)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine main idea and theme)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze character development)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 (analyze two mediums)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 (compare two texts to build knowledge)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 (draw knowledge from literary texts to support analysis)
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