This print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It focuses specifically on Act 1, Scenes 4-5 of the play, and on Shakespeare’s first presentation of Lady Macbeth. The worksheet includes:
- Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scenes 4-5 of Macbeth
- Shakespeare in Context: Information text about the relevant social context of succession (the question of succession was deeply significant to Shakespeare’s audience from ca. 1590 until James I’s succession in 1603. Even after he succeeded Elizabeth, James I had to justify this succession to the people of England. Many critics claim that the socio-historical and political issues of his own time inspired Shakespeare to write Macbeth - he and his actors were at the time employed by James I as the King’s Men.
- Drama Activity: This is an activity designed to encourage students to engage with the text on stage. The activity provides various ways to interactively allow the students’ to identify with Lady Macbeth, and to analyse her character as presented to the audience by the playwright.
- Analysing Character: Lady Macbeth: Again, an activity designed to bring to life Shakespeare’s iconic imagery and use of both direct and indirect characterisation techniques to life. The activity can also be used as a kind of exam practice (written, if IGCSE, and either written or oral, if for IB)
- MODEL ANSWERS for all the questions + activities as well as a teacher’s guide and further in-depth analysis and commentary of the relevant aspects of Act 1, Scene 5, and an in-depth analysis of Lady Macbeth.
PS: This worksheet, as indeed all of my Macbeth handouts and activities are specifically designed to be read at IGCSE level or in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams. But they can be used independent of these exams and the IGCSE curriculum, too, of course!
The level is certainly high enough to be used if you have made Macbeth one of the set texts for your IB English A: Literature or English A: Langauge & Literature course.
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