The witches from Macbeth just might have it right when they claim that "fair is foul and foul is fair" - at least that's what your students might think when they find out they have to read a Shakespeare play... To prevent them from getting a boring start, introduce them to Macbeth with this engaging PPT presentation, filled with prediction activities, fun facts, and thoughtful discussion prompts throughout. Then, have them interact with Shakespeare's language in a lighthearted and relevant way by having them write Shakespearean letters to their "boss," their parents, or even their boyfriend/girlfriend.
1. Lesson Plans
2. A detailed "Introduction to Macbeth" PPT Presentation
- Editable Format!
- Warm-up Prediction Activity based off Macbeth's motifs
- Historical Fun Facts and Notes
- Discussion Questions with Possible Answers Provided
- Background Information, Plot Overview, & Main Character Descriptions
3. Guided Notes for the PowerPoint Presentation (With Answer Key)
4. Shakespearian Language Activities
- 19 Elizabethan Words Taken Straight from the Play
- Warm-up Matching Activity (With Answer Key)
- "Write a Shakespearean Letter" Activity
- Student Samples
Together, these materials ensure that your students become introduced to Macbeth in a positive and "fair" way - there's no "foul" about it! I hope you and your students enjoy!
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Keywords: Shakespeare, Macbeth, prediction, motifs, introduction, Shakespearean language, Elizabethan Period, Jacobean Period, plot overview, summary, collaboration, lesson plans, activities, printables, handouts, guided notes, background information