Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit

Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
Macbeth by Shakespeare: Lesson Plan Teaching Unit
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5 weeks of step-by-step lesson plans, student handouts, assessments, and more: all you need to teach a unit on Macbeth by William Shakespeare! This detailed and engaging complete unit is designed to provide you with everything you need to teach the play from start to finish.


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**Engaging and Rigorous Lessons**

This MASSIVE teaching pack contains attractive step-by-step lesson plans, worksheets, handouts, activities, helpful hints and tips for the teaching of this iconic play, MACBETH. 

For each lesson there is a detailed lesson plan, accompanied by worksheets/handouts, suggested activities, questions and teacher's answers.


INTRODUCTION: A note on all that is contained in this pack!

SUGGESTED CALENDAR SCHEDULE: A day-by-day breakdown of how to teach the play.


LESSON 1 – Introduction: Why Study Shakespeare?: So often students ask the question: Why do we still study Shakespeare? So, this lesson preempts that question and digs a little deeper into the universal themes of the play, as a way of previewing some of the key issues of the text.

LESSON 2 – Act 1, Scenes 1 & 2: Students get comfortable with characters, names, plot and main events of the text. In this lesson, students are also introduced to the language of the play by playing around with the opening scene, and setting the mood.

LESSON 3 – Act 1, Scene 3: This lesson centers on the key scene of the meeting of the witches and their prophesies. Students think about the dramatic elements of the text in this lesson, as they compare and contrast different versions of this scene, and then work to create their own.

LESSON 4 – Act 1, Scenes 4 & 5: In this lesson, students are complete a promptbook (annotated copy of the script) as a way of studying Scene 5. This helps them focus on the play as a dramatic script, thinking about stage directions and the enacting of the play. The lesson also introduces Lady Macbeth, and looks at her characterization.

LESSON 5 – Act 1, Scenes 6 & 7: In this scene, Macbeth has his doubts about killing the King, and Lady Macbeth uses tools of language to persuade him into the act. Students analyze this key scene in terms of characterization and language, and create tableaux to illustrate the power dynamics.

LESSON 6 – Act 2, Scene 1 This lesson centers around Macbeth’s famous “Is this a dagger I see before me?” soliloquy; looking at key motifs of sleep and hallucinations. Students spend time annotating the speech and thinking about Macbeth’s characterization at this point.

LESSON 7 – Act 2, Scene 2: In this crucial scene, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respond to the murder of the King. Students spend the maority of the lesson enacting and discuss the script and then get into small groups to discuss and debate key questions.

LESSON 8 – Act 2, Scenes 3 & 4: In this lesson students read Act 2, Scenes 3 and 4 and discuss the varous reactions to the murder of the King. Students then get into groups to engage in a Jigsaw type activity in which they review Acts 1 and 2 and analyze some of the key themes of the play.

LESSON 9 – Act 3, Scenes 1-3: This lesson centers around the plan to murder Banquo. Students read these key scenes and discuss the plot. The lesson also has students work collaboratively to co-author a paragraph of literary analysis on the topic of the murder.

LESSON 10 – Act 3, Scene 4: The famous banquet scene in which Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo is a vital point in the play as it shows the true effect of guilt on Macbeth’s state of mind. This lesson centers on this pivotal scene, and has students analyze the symbolism of blood in the play, while also charting the protagonist’s downfall.

LESSON 11 – Act 4, Scenes 1 - 3: One of the key issues dealt with in this play is that of the effects of bad governance. This lesson has students making connections to issues of leadership, and thinking about Macbeth as a leader. Students also read the new prophesies of the witches and chart Macbeth’s downfall into violence and erratic behavior.

LESSON 12 – Act 5, Scene 1: Students get up and out of their seats for this lesson, as they analyze the characterization of Lady Macbeth at this point in the play. This vital scene has many central themes, issues, symbols and motifs in it: effects of guilt on the mind, sleep, blood, etc.

LESSON 13 – Act 5, Scenes 2-4: As the play hurtles to the end, these scenes build suspense and create the dramatic tension of the play’s resolution. In this lesson students consider the dramatic staging, and complete actitives to reflect Macbeth’s state of mind and mood at this point.

LESSON 14 – Act 5, Scene 5: This lesson centers around one of the play’s most important scenes, with Macbeth’s “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and tomorrow...” soliloquy. Students come up with their own metaphors for life, and engage in a close analysis of the text.

LESSON 15 – Act 5, Scenes 6-8: Students start this lesson by contemplating key questions related to the main characters. The lesson then focuses on reading the end of the play as a class, and wrapping up key issues.

LESSONs 16 & 17 – Review Lessons: As a way of reviewing some of the plays more complex themes, students spend these lessons debating and discussing critical questions. Students engage in whole-class formal discussions (which may or may not be assessed).

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