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Create your own witches spell
A beautifully illustrated resource in which students come up with their own 'rhyming' ingredients list.
Students play this classic game or a 'Who am I?' game using characters from the play. Differentiated versions are included. This resource was originally published on the Collaborative Learning website (http://www.collaborativelearning.org).
Become a butcher or a fiend-like queen!
A speaking and listening activity where students write and perform soliloquies as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
A classic 'guess the word' game, based on 'Taboo'.
A bank of activities which could be used as independent homework tasks or as the basis for a portfolio of work.
Teachers TV video - Macbeth in the classroom
Suggestions and techniques that can be used to help KS3 students get to grips with the play.
A diagrammatic introduction to the characters and their relationships.
A changed man?
Sort the events in order along the horizontal lines. Then create a graph to trace how Macbeth's feelings change during the play.
A handy worksheet which asks students to match up some key terms from the tragedy genre with their definitions. Also available as an interactive matching activity and a Promethean flipchart.
Themes in Macbeth wordbar
This Wordbar supports writing about themes in the play. How to use this resource.
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Characters in Macbeth wordbar
This Wordbar supports writing about characters. How to use this resource.
Characters in Macbeth grid set
This set of Clicker Grids is designed to support a study of the characters in 'Macbeth'. How to use this resource.
IWB activities on Shakespeare's use of contrasting language
A series of tasks leading towards writing a PEE paragraph about Shakespeare's use of contrasting language in Act 1 Scene 3.
'Crunched' version of the play made using Teachit's Cruncher
'Macbeth' word samples: the selection is drawn from the text collapsed into reverse alphabetical order (rhyme-sort). Also available as a Promethean flipchart.
Themes and imagery - colour-code the quotations
Great activity for exploring themes and imagery, with lots of potential for discussion / further investigation.
Cloze with a twist
Working as publisher and actors, try to create an 'official' text from these fragmented extracts. Lovely activity for learning about textual issues and ambiguity in Shakespeare's plays.
Plot sequencing with a twist
A set of activities for use on screen - one for each Act. Sort the events into the correct order and plot them on the tension graph.
Think of three ...
A fun and adaptable quiz that asks pupils to think in threes about the play.
An interactive quiz
Try this quiz with questions ranging across the play - a fun starter or quick revision activity. The PowerPoint version is multiple choice; the whizzy interactive version is 'true or false?'. Also available as a Promethean flipchart.
Revision questions for Act 2 and Act 5
Questions covering key scenes in the play, to help students with annotations.
'I'm a Scot - get me out of here!'
Based on the popular celebrity show, this is a fun way of exploring character.
From 'worthy gentleman' to 'butcher'
The rise and fall of Macbeth, through the words of the other characters. Quotations and questions.
Detailed plans and resources to help students move towards a C grade. The resource amounts to a complete unit of work.
Fortune and Macbeth
An adaptable resource with a drama and stagecraft focus. It's based mainly on Act 1 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2 and Act 4 Scene 1, with options for other scenes.
Directing Lady Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 5
Annotated sheets that prompt students to consider the performance aspects of this scene.
Lady Macbeth statements
A check list to prompt discussion about the character of Lady Macbeth. An interactive version is available.
Malcolm's persuasive speech
Write a speech as Malcolm persuading the English army to support you against Macbeth. Task includes detailed writing prompts.
Macbeth's changing character - teacher copy
A detailed look at aspects of Macbeth's character, with quotations. Can be used as an answer sheet to Macbeth's changing character (cloze exercise).
Macbeth Act 4 Scene 3: Macbeth as king
An activity to help pupils judge Macbeth's qualities as a king, following study of the scene.
Macbeth's changing character
A cloze exercise looking at different aspects of Macbeth's character.
Essay sheet - how Macbeth changes
Guidance for an essay on how Macbeth's character develops in the first half of the play.
Shakespeare's language for Macbeth - Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 5
A thorough examination of the soliloquy and monologue in these scenes, with prompt questions.
Macbeth interactive true/false starter
A quick but fun true or false activity with facts about Macbeth, for use with IWB.
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Macbeth - language cloze
A cloze activity which takes students through the process of writing about language in Macbeth.
Match the scene to the title
An interactive matching resource - match the summaries to the correct act and scene.
Role-play cards for a speaking and listening 'talkshow' assignment.
Macbeth and language
A differentiated worksheet relating to language use in the play. Includes extension tasks for able pupils. Uses quotations from 3.2 and 3.4.
Leadership and ranking activity [IWB]
A whizzy and effective resource which works well on an IWB.
Macbeth drama task: the play in six sections
A versatile resource which uses drama to consolidate knowledge of the play.
Using PEE to help achieve a level 5
Who shall hang?
A reading and writing task.
Scenes for dramatisation. Handy overview of the play.
A clearly set out table; useful for preparing drama/group activities. Match the scene to its title. A Teachit interactive activity is available.
Macbeth key spellings
Two handy lists of essential spellings.
Character quotes: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Match the quote to the statement. Also available as an interactive matching activity and a Promethean flipchart.
Sentence structures and Macbeth (Y9 NLS)
Use and consolidate knowledge about the play as a focus for exploring simple and complex sentences, main and subordinate clauses.
Sort Macbeth's crimes into order of most - least evil … interactive sequencing game also available.
Macbeth character card sort
Match the description to the character.
Theatre programme and drama activities
Detailed instructions and advice for students on how to make a programme for the play, and how to stage parts of it.
Who or what am I?
Guess the person, place or thing. Includes teacher's copy.
Macbeth: Year 9 teaching pack
Including helpful weekly plans and a wide range of interesting resources. Marvellous.
The Macbeths' diaries
Fill in the gaps to complete the couple's diaries after Act 2 Scene 2.
Shakespeare's theatre (focus on Macbeth)
A nice two page fact sheet.
Large Macbeth quotes
14 pages of enlarged key quotes - ideal for display etc.
Macbeth + the witches
How far are the witches responsible for Macbeth's downfall?
Revision / display activity.
Crossword (teacher copy)
Look up words from the key scenes and find out origins and meanings.
Make Shakespearean sentences using given words. This works either as a printed cut up card activity, or a cut and paste online task.
Between the key scenes cartoon outline
Complete the outline with pictures and quotes.
Match the adjectives to the characters. Also available as a Promethean flipchart.
Apostrophe starters (2)
Complete the table with the full version of contracted words. Add your own contractions and full versions to the blank table. A differentiated version of Apostrophe starters (1) for higher ability.
Apostrophe starters (1)
Draw arrows to match up the contraction with the word in full. An interactive matching version is also available.
If the crime fits ... rank Macbeth's evil crimes
A well thought-out activity which could work well as a group speaking and listening task, or on screen as an online resource. An interactive version is available.
Cloze: fill in the gaps to complete the plot outline (teacher's copy)
Write the secret diary entries of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Task sheets for diary entries at the end of Act 1 and after Act 1 Scene 5.
Cloze: fill in the gaps to complete the plot outline
Simple, useful cloze plot summary. Teacher's copy also available.
The changing character of Macbeth
A useful grid to complete.
Sequence the whole story
Put the events from the play into the correct order.
Macbeth in 20 boxes
A versatile summary.
Comic strip Macbeth (2)
The missing words.
Comic strip Macbeth (1)
Fill in the blanks.
Not Exactly Macbeth
A modern, original and amusing poetic version of the play.
Essay: Who can be held responsible for Macbeth's downfall?
Macbeth: The murder
News of the murder of the king has spread rapidly. Design the front page of the 'Inverness Chronicle' for the day after the murder.
Imagery in the play
Information, examples and activities.