MACBETH: Lessons and Assessments--All you ever need to teach Macbeth.
When I teach Macbeth, I focus mainly on understanding of the language and want students to be able to articulate why particular quotes are important. I give them more quotations in the beginning of the play, so they get a good handle on the language; then I provide fewer the further we get into it. I don’t want to overwhelm them with quotes, and seek to find a balance between understanding and just enjoying the play. Likewise, I don’t give a lot of scene questions, just ones that ask them to think and evaluate. I use them as ways to build their understanding and to lead them to the final assessments.
This zip file contains:
A file with notes for students, handouts with questions and quotations, and answer keys for the teacher.
An exercise that looks at the poetic techniques used in Act I, as well as one that teaches students how to write about author technique.
A test for after Act II and one for after Act V. The first test contains fifteen multiple choice questions—some are factual but most are analytical; students will need to understand the nuances of the play and its characters in order to choose the right answer. There is also an essay question and assessment checklist included. The final quiz asks students to make connections between important quotations from the play.
A list of creative assignments that students can choose from to illustrate their learning in a less traditional way. And, finally, there is a section that helps students understand, and write, a literary essay. I have two options for essays: one for in-class writing and another for take home options. The take home options attempt to deal with the issue of so many "answers" that are accessible to students on the internet.
The tests and assignments are available in editable form so you can adapt them, if necessary.
If you would like to take a detailed look at Macbeth as a tragic hero, check out my package for Shakespearean Tragedy.
I also have a package of Interactive Games and Activities for Macbeth.
If you would like to purchase all of the above, you can check out my Jumbo Pack of Activities and Assessments.
If you want an excellent review of all of the above, you can purchase Macbeth Task Cards
Review grammar as you study the play with Macbeth Grammar Review
If you'd like a place to keep it all organized, check out
my organizer for Macbeth.
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