This performance activity resembles a Dateline NBC episode in that it is an in-depth investigation into murders, missing persons, and other crimes. I have outlined several pivotal moments in Macbeth for students to thoroughly investigate and prepare to present as news reports. You may choose to have students create a film or a live performance of their Birnam Wood Report.
This activity can be used as a test review or as your final assessment. I have included links to online resources as well as from materials by Shakespearean scholars. There are segments which include everything from a battle report to the approach of the weird sisters, from to a “gossip” report on what the King gave to Lady Macbeth as a hostess gift to a culinary report on what the guests might have had to eat and drink. There are also segments on the flight of the heirs, Banquo’s ghost crashing the party, “moving trees” and more.
This is a classroom tested, student approved activity!