Macbeth: Themes and Lessons
Provides teachers with extensive information about Macbeth, including historical and theatrical context, character breakdowns, the concept of parallelism and opposition in the play, a look at the supernatural, and the use of gender roles in the play. Scansion workshop and scene breakdowns help bring the text alive. YouTube research assists in the creation of classroom playlists for comparison purposes. A multimedia project focused on supernatural elements is presented as a possible student activity.
Attendees receive resources, reproducible handouts and three lesson plans (scansion for acting clues, parallelism and opposition, and Shakespeare’s use of the supernatural in the play).
[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]
Macbeth: Intro, Sources, Themes, and Preview
Provides students with an extensive (and, thus, spoiler-filled) introduction to Macbeth, including discussions of historical context and sources, characters and themes. A breakdown of the provided Character Map handout follows and ties together the concepts presented.
Macbeth: Scene Study (speech, scansion, and meaning)
After a brief introduction to blank verse, students are guided through a close reading of the “Tomorrow and tomorrow…” speech in Macbeth, with special attention paid to scansion and vocabulary, as well as how character and action are revealed within the poetic line.
[note: requires space for up to 5 participants to perform]
Macbeth: Witches, Incantations & Ghosts
Give your students a break from the typical read-through of the play with this presentation that takes a close look at the supernatural, and how these relate to the Elizabethan beliefs, in Macbeth. A breakdown of the provided infographic handout follows and ties together the concepts presented.
[note: this presentation is filled with spoilers!]
Macbeth: Review, Discussion and Q&A
A great way to end the unit of study on Macbeth, this review of the play includes Socratic discussions of the themes of revenge, madness, and self-doubt, with textual evidence cited for the concepts. The session ends with a Q&A and “stump Bill” segment.