This is a comprehensive literature guide with anticipation guides, writing assignments, activities, and lecture notes.
Students are challenged with higher thinking, analytical questions about themes, characters, plot, literary devices, and quotation analysis. These questions are not fact based, but ask students to go beyond the superficial text into the development of the story and the author's purpose.
For each Scene there are Shakespearean vocabulary defined for the students with vocabulary development for words they might not know but are needed to understand the text. There are questions for each scene that ask students to analyze quotes, comment on character development, identify literary devices, and understand plot and story line.
For each Act, there is a review that uses graphics and dynamic formatting to help students understand what happened in the Act as the "big picture." Each review is different and can be used as an assessment or "quiz."
There are four different writing assignments that ask students to think creatively and outside the boundaries of the story, creating alternative endings for Fleance, a letter to Macbeth urging him not to kill King Duncan, a personal character analysis regarding temptation and fate, and a medical assessment of Lady Macbeth with a graphic organizer about choices and decisions and their consequences.
Teachers are provided with complete notes on Shakespeare, his life and journey, sonnets, iambic pentameter, England, the Plague, Tragic Hero, Shakespearean tragedy, the literary devices and motifs within Macbeth. In addition to these notes, there are additional bell ringer questions to help facilitate discussions and philosophical rhetorical conversations. This includes an answer key with examples of how to increase student insight.
**This literature guide is based on The Pelican Shakespeare, edited by Stephen Orgel in 2000. I like this edition the best because it is clean and provides students with the text without a ton of additional notes or vocabulary words.
Keywords: William Shakespeare Macbeth Literature Guides