This engaging and informative lesson enhances students' skills in understanding the significant meanings in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, and in particular the influence of the deceitful and mysterious weird sisters. Students gain an understanding of some of the attitudes towards witches in Shakespeare's times, and attempt to link this knowledge to the events of the text. They also engage with Shakespeare's intentions in utilising dramatic elements to reveal the witches use of the supernatural and deceit.
The lesson follows a clear and logical learning journey, involving progressively more challenging tasks in which students:
- Portray their understanding of witches and witchcraft;
- Learn more about witches in a historical context through a fun 'true or false' game;
- Define, identify, and understand dramatic irony;
- Read sections of Macbeth and complete tasks to demonstrate their understanding;
- Answer key questions about the witches that test their knowledge in relation to each of the English assessment outcomes;
- Evaluate a modelled example of an analytical paragraph in relation to the witches;
- Analyse the witches' characteristics in their own responses;
- Evaluate each others' analytical responses.
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