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MACBETH BOARD GAME! Fun and review in one compelling activity. Players will answer fact and quote questions about Shakespeare's Macbeth, and perform acting and writing activities. They travel around a perilous board, striving to reach the battlefield to fight for control of Scotland with the most mercenaries.
Purposes of the Never Bored Board Game
~ to review the whole play, perhaps before a test or exam. The game requires knowledge of facts and quotes, and also demands that students do some acting.
~ to have some fun!
Concept of the game
It is several days after the death of Macbeth. A fight for control of Scotland erupts. The military leader who reaches the furthest point on the game board - the battlefield - with the most mercenaries wins control of the country. Players travel around the board picking up activity cards as they land on three types of squares. Students win mercenaries by answering factual questions, quote questions and Dare questions. Dare questions involve creativity and daring; acting, speeches and mini writing activities are used to win mercenaries. An example of a Dare activity that involves acting is 'Circle your cauldron, doing your very own witchy dance. Your chair can act as your cauldron.' An example of a Dare writing activity is 'Invent a short, snappy title for the first scene of the play.' Students who have to perform a writing activity can only use as many minutes as it takes for play to return to them, thus they have to be speedy!
Travelling around the board, perils threaten - like the meddling witches and Banquo’s ghost. Students can never be quite sure when mercenaries will be lost or gained, or whether a path will provide them with a shortcut to the battlefield or send them hurtling back again.
Numbers of players per board
This can vary between 4-7 students. Fewer than 4 is not as exciting or educational because the game ends too quickly. A game for 6 players will last about an hour. For a class of 28 you will need to photocopy 4 boards.
Items included in the game
All the components are designed for 8 x 11 size paper
The 4 quadrants of the board (they need to be taped together by the students) (PDF)
8 game pieces; students will decorate their game piece shield for their character before beginning to play (PDF)
32 fact cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)
32 quote cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)
32 Dare cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)
1 x 8 back of the fact cards design – this can be omitted and the back of the card left plain (PDF)
1 x 8 back of the quote cards design (PDF)
1 x 8 back of the Dare cards design (PDF)
1 x 10 mercenaries sheet (PDF)
An editable sheet of cards for teachers to create their own questions (Word document)
Assembly of the game
All of the items for the game- the board, the question cards, the mercenaries, and the game pieces- can be photocopied onto ordinary 8 x 11 paper. A color printer is not required. Apart from photocopying, the rest of the game can be assembled by the students. To save teacher time, the cards can be cut by the students, but they should be cut from the back of the card; looking at the side where the questions are will give them an advantage.
If you are sure you will use this game again with future classes, it is worth photocopying onto cardstock, or photo paper, or even laminating the board. That way, the game boards and cards will last for the rest of your career.
There must be one set of each type of cards (fact, quotes, and Dare) and one sheet of game pieces for each board.
One dice per board is required, or students can use a random dice throw generator on their phones.
This resource is part of my Macbeth bundle of 6 fun resources.
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