This print-and-use lesson worksheet is part of my teaching unit for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It focuses specifically on Act 1, Scenes 6-7 of the play, in which we get Macbeth’s first soliloquy and extensive insight into the Macbeth relationship and Lady Macbeth’s power over both herself and Macbeth. The resource includes:
- Comprehension Questions for Act 1, Scenes 6-7 of Macbeth
- Shakespeare in Context: Information text about Lady Macbeth (and by extension many noblewomen’s) position in society.
- Act it Out! - Drama Activity, in which students get a chance to reenact the conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, with a particular focus on the persuasive techniques Lady Macbeth uses to sway her husband into killing the king.
- Analysing Character Activity: This analysis activity links the themes of conscience and ambition to Macbeth’s dilemma and decision process, and focuses on Macbeth’s first great soliloquy (“If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly.”
- Exam Practice - Analysing Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship in 1.7. The activity can also be used as a kind of exam practice (written, if IGCSE, and either written or oral, if for IB) to analysie the second half of 1.7.
- 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 Macbeth’s soliloquy as well as detailed commentary on 1.7 for the other activities.
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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