This engaging and interesting lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of one of the key characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Macduff. In particular, they learn to make insightful interpretations about the character, and are enabled to to infer and deduce Macduff’s key characteristics from his involvement at particular moments in the play, in addition to considering how Shakespeare deploys Macduff as a fitting hero to face Macbeth’s tyranny.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be visual and interactive learners. It follows this learning journey:
Inferring key information about the character of Macduff from events in the text;
Identifying and ordering the key events in the text in which Macduff is involved;
Understanding his role in the downfall of Macbeth;
Understanding his character in relation to historical context, considering Shakespeare’s intentions through the character;
Analysing Shakespeare’s development of Macduff as a key character throughout the text;
Evaluating the learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
Resources for the card sorting sequencing activity, detailing Macduff’s numerous actions throughout the play;
A Macbeth vs Macduff worksheet, to enable students to understand Macduff’s heroic characteristics;
A template to help scaffold the main task, complete with P.E.E instructions;
A comprehensive teacher guidance form/lesson plan to assist delivery.
All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.