Macbeth Unit Bundle (Shakespeare) - 125 pages

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This is the complete Macbeth bundle you’ve been looking for! Intro activities, quizzes on all five acts, worksheets for each act, and several options for culminating assignments are all included. Over the years I’ve worked hard to refine these assignments so that they form a cohesive Macbeth unit. I can attest that you’ll save yourself lots of time and stress if you buy this bundle!

If you already have some Macbeth assignments ready to use and just need to fill in the gaps, I also sell these assignments individually. Just click the hyperlinks below to reach the individual product pages (which also included more detailed descriptions). But if you’re thinking about buying several Macbeth products, please note that this bundle offers them at a steep discount!

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Use them all, or pick and choose depending on your students’ abilities and the amount of time you have.

1. Intro PowerPoint: This 11-slide intro PowerPoint presentation provides a brief plot summary, important questions, a list of themes and motifs, historical context, and defined literary terms. A fill-in-the-blank version for students is included.

2. A Focus on the Supernatural: This intro activity gets students thinking about their own beliefs about superstitions, predicting the future, luck, and curses before they encounter these issues in the play. It's a fun way to spark conversation before they meet the witches in the play.

3. Theme Frayer Charts: This activity primes students to relate the themes of Macbeth to their own knowledge and experiences before they start reading the play. Each of the six Frayer charts focus on a theme/issue from Macbeth (examples include "good leadership," "good marriage," "healthy ambition," and three others). Students have to identify essential characteristics, possible characteristics, examples, and non-examples that relate to assigned theme/issue.

4. Would You Rather?:This PowerPoint presentation includes eight questions in a "Would you rather...?" format that get students to think about the tough decisions that the characters in Macbeth have to make (for example: "Would you rather be fake to get ahead, or lose out on opportunities?" Students always have fun debating these types of questions, and it reminds them of the importance of weighing the pros and cons before making any big decisions.

5. Study Guide: The study guide covers all five acts with 90 factual, thematic, and in-depth questions. All acts and scenes are marked with brief setting descriptions. Answer key included.

6. Character Assignment Sheet (free with purchase): This sheet will help you assign students to roles for each act of the play if you’re reading it in class.


7. The Criminal Mind Worksheet:This worksheet requires students to identify the details in Act I that highlight the good, evil, and ambiguous sides of Macbeth's character. They are also required to identify and analyze who/what they believe influences Macbeth's behavior the most. This activity helps students track the development of Macbeth's character and engage in the thematic debate of fate vs. free will. Answer key included.

8. Act I Quiz: This quiz includes 20 multiple choice questions based on plot, literary devices, character development, and quotation identification. This quiz and the quizzes on the subsequent acts are aligned with the study guide and intro PowerPoint. Answer key included.


9. Filming the Dagger Scene Worksheet: In this activity, students analyze two depictions of the dagger scene and think about how they would direct it. Part I of this worksheet is based on watching two brief film clips (hyperlinked within the worksheet to YouTube videos) of Act II, scene 1 (one was filmed in 1971 and the other in 2010). In these eight questions, students analyze how each director chose to portray the dagger and what it could suggest about the dagger's origins. They also evaluate the effectiveness of the actors who played Macbeth. In Part II, students respond to four questions about how they would direct the scene, considering the casting of the actors, the time period, the visuals, the specific actions Macbeth would perform, and more.

10. Act II Quiz: This quiz includes 18 multiple choice questions based on plot, literary devices, character development, and quotation identification. Answer key included.


11. The Third Murderer Mystery Worksheet: An enduring mystery of the play is the identity of the Third Murderer in Act III, scene 3. Shakespeare never explained who it could be, which has left scholars and students to debate for centuries about the character who makes the most logical suspect. For this worksheet, students identify what would motivate each listed suspect to participate in the attack on Banquo and Fleance and also what could be his/her alibi or reasons for avoiding the situation. Then, students respond to three in-depth questions to analyze who they think is the likeliest suspect and the use of this plot device. A key with suggested answers is included.

12. The Themes and Motifs of Macbeth, Acts I-III Worksheet: This worksheet provides a mid-play refresher of the major themes and motifs of the play. It includes six cited quotations from the play that represent themes (one each for the themes of Fate vs. Free Will, Appearance vs. Reality, Power Leading to Corruption, Guilt, Defining Masculinity, and How Superstition Affects Behavior) and five cited quotations that represent motifs (one each for the motifs of Supernatural Occurrences, Blood, Paradoxes, Ill-Fitting Clothing, and Sleep). Students have to match the theme or motif to the quotation and then explain what it reveals about the character’s personality, thought process and/or motivation at that exact moment in the play. Answer key included.

13. Act III Quiz: This quiz includes 18 multiple choice questions based on plot, literary devices, character development, and quotation identification. Answer key included.


14. Directing Act IV, Scene 1 Activity: How the supernatural aspects of the Macbeth should be portrayed might be the most difficult problems for a director to solve. In this activity, students resolve part of this issue by sharing their interpretations about one of the supernatural characters. Students choose one of the supernatural entities from Act IV (e.g. Hecate, the armed head, etc.) and illustrate how it would be portrayed in a film or movie version of the play. In addition to providing a representative quotation of the entity, students must follow the prompts to write a detailed paragraph justifying their choices for how the entity is represented. Detailed directions and a template for students to follow are included.

15. Act IV Quiz: This quiz includes 15 questions (8 open-ended and 7 multiple choice) based on plot, literary devices, character development, and quotation identification. Answer key included.


16. Macbeth as Tragic Hero Worksheet: This worksheet requires students to explain how Macbeth meets the six characteristics of the classic tragic hero. Then, students have to identify a real life figure who also meets the characteristics of a tragic hero. Answer key included.

17. Macbeth’s Last Soliloquy Worksheet: This worksheet requires students to answer five questions about Macbeth's last soliloquy. The questions ask students to identify the metaphors that Macbeth uses to describe life, the main points of the soliloquy, and the feelings that evokes for them. Furthermore, the students have to write their own metaphor for life and explain how it compares to the imagery that Macbeth uses. Answer key included.

18. Act V Quiz: This quiz includes 16 multiple choice questions based on plot, literary devices, character development, and quotation identification. Answer key included.


This bundle includes several options for culminating activities. It’s up to you pick and choose what works best for your classes.

19. Analyzing the Themes of Macbeth Worksheet: This product includes a template to guide students in analyzing the themes of Macbeth after they finish reading the play. Included in the document are six (two-page) worksheets, one for each major theme of Macbeth: Fate vs. Free Will, Appearance vs. Reality, Power Leading to Corruption, Guilt, Defining Masculinity, and How Superstition Affects Behavior. On each sheet, students are prompted to identify what they believe is the most important quotation that relates to the assigned theme and explain its context and significance. Then, students have to explain in a paragraph how the theme evolved over the course of the play. (Guiding points to consider when answering this questions are also provided.)

20. Mini-Lecture Activity: This is a group activity to use after students have finished reading Macbeth. Each small group of students is assigned one of nine big questions about the play. Each group will present a "mini-lecture" (of about 5 minutes) to the rest of the class based on the discussion they had about the assigned question. Guidance is provided for students to take notes on their initial discussion, include a pertinent quotation from the play, and identify the big takeaways from their discussion. Teacher instructions and a rubric are included.

21. The Unanswered Questions of Macbeth Activity: Macbeth includes many unanswered questions about the motivations of certain characters and what happens to them after the play. For this activity, each student is assigned one of 17 scenarios that relate to unanswered questions in the play. Each student has to write 1-2 paragraphs responding to scenario he/she was assigned, using imaginative details as well as evidence from the play. This activity is a lot fun when students debate the validity of one another's responses. It's a great way to reinforce the theme of Fate vs. Free Will. A brief, adaptable rubric is included.

22. In-Depth Scene Analysis Project: This project requires students to analyze one scene from Macbeth in detail. Based on their own interpretations, students explain how they will set the stage and design costumes. They also analyze literary devices like theme and motif, and are required to annotate the scene with stage directions. This project works very well with more advanced students. I have had them work together in groups, but this could easily be made into a solo project. Students learn so much from this assignment because it's manageable for them to work with one scene, but they analyze many aspects and gain understandings about theater and Shakespeare's language. A detailed rubric is included.

23. The Minute Macbeth (free with purchase): This document includes simple directions for students to work in groups to adapt the play to a new setting and condense into 25-30 lines. Students love this activity and it’s a fun, memorable way to wrap up the whole unit.
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Macbeth Unit Bundle (Shakespeare) - 125 pages
Macbeth Unit Bundle (Shakespeare) - 125 pages
Macbeth Unit Bundle (Shakespeare) - 125 pages
Macbeth Unit Bundle (Shakespeare) - 125 pages