Macbeth Close Reading Passages & Questions Bundle (Set of 5)

Macbeth Close Reading Passages & Questions Bundle (Set of 5)
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  1. This close reading assessment features 13 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7) with emphasis on Macbeth's wavering intent on committing a fatal crime and Lady Macbeth's manipulative persuasion technique.
  2. This close reading assessment features 11 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 2) with emphasis on Macbeth's state of shock and Lady Macbeth's scornful demeanor following the murder of King Duncan. By engag
  3. This close reading assessment features 10 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 3, Scene 2) with emphasis on the shifting dynamic of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship. By engaging in this exercise, students wil
  4. This close reading assessment features 9 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 4, Scene 1) with emphasis on Macbeth's pursuit of information from the three witches. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze
  5. This close reading assessment features 9 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5). By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern me
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  1. This 358-page bundle of items facilitates the teaching of Shakespeare's works (Romeo & Juliet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It) in a high school setting. Included are close reading passages and questions, general reading comprehension quizzes, and summative assess
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This close reading bundle features high-order, text-dependent questions; promotes active reading strategies; makes student engagement with text more visible; and supports comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth. By completing these activities, students will read to identify what the text says explicitly and implicitly, apply literary devices, interpret figurative expressions, and more. All close reads are editable and include answer keys.

These resources align well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode Shakespeare's language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.

For more comprehensive details on each individual resource, please read on.

Macbeth Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 7).

This close reading assessment features 13 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7) with emphasis on Macbeth's wavering intent on committing a fatal crime and Lady Macbeth's manipulative persuasion technique. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, apply knowledge of literary devices (including dramatic irony), and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Drawing logical inferences about character relationships
  • Applying knowledge of character background to draw logical inferences about character motivations
  • Analyzing a character's behavior to discern persuasion techniques
  • Analyzing the context of an excerpt to discern tone
  • Analyzing characterization to articulate how a character is complex
  • Applying knowledge of hyperbole and articulating its purpose in the passage
  • Analyze complex vocabulary in context to determine meaning and author intent
  • Applying knowledge of dramatic irony and articulating how it is presented in the passage

Macbeth Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 2, Scene 2).

This close reading assessment features 11 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 2) with emphasis on Macbeth's state of shock and Lady Macbeth's scornful demeanor following the murder of King Duncan. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, apply knowledge of literary devices (hyperbole, simile), and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Citing textual evidence in support of a claim
  • Analyzing the symbolic meaning of sleep in context
  • Drawing logical inferences about character relationships
  • Applying knowledge of character background to draw logical inferences about character motivations
  • Analyzing the context of an excerpt to discern tone
  • Applying knowledge of hyperbole and articulating its purpose in the passage
  • Analyze complex vocabulary and phrasing in context to determine meaning
  • Applying knowledge of simile and articulating how and why it is presented in the passage

Macbeth Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 3, Scene 2).

This close reading assessment features 10 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 3, Scene 2) with emphasis on the shifting dynamic of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, apply knowledge of literary devices (metaphor), and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Citing textual evidence in support of a claim
  • Drawing logical inferences about character relationships
  • Applying knowledge of character background to draw logical inferences about character motivations
  • Applying knowledge of metaphor and articulating its purpose in the passage
  • Analyze complex vocabulary and phrasing in context to determine meaning

Macbeth Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 4, Scene 1).

This close reading assessment features 9 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 4, Scene 1) with emphasis on Macbeth's pursuit of information from the three witches. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, apply knowledge of literary devices (situational irony), and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Citing textual evidence in support of a claim
  • Drawing logical inferences about character relationships
  • Applying knowledge of character background to draw logical inferences about character motivations
  • Applying knowledge of situational irony and articulating how it is manifested in the passage
  • Analyzing character dialogue to discern and articulate apparent contradictions
  • Analyze complex vocabulary and phrasing in context to determine meaning

Macbeth Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 5, Scene 5).

This close reading assessment features 9 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5). By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, examine word choice to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, apply knowledge of literary devices (metaphor, complex character), and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Citing textual evidence in support of a claim
  • Analyzing character behaviors to draw logical inferences about character development and motivations
  • Applying knowledge of figurative language and articulating rational interpretations
  • Analyze complex vocabulary and phrasing in context to determine meaning and intended effect
  • Analyze an excerpt to discern tone in context
  • Isolating factual details from false statements
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