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Macbeth

 

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The teacher's guide is based on material built up over more than 25 years of teaching the play to high school students.

 

The Study Programme contains a mixture of notes, task sheets and worksheets of varying levels of difficulty, all designed to make the teacher's life easier and the play more accessible to students without compromising on academic standards.

 

Answers supplied to all questions and tasks.

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, as painted by John Singer Sargent

 

 

 

Contents

 

Teaching Guide

 

Study Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Teaching Approach

4

Some Useful Background

3

The History Behind the Play

5

Introducing the Characters

4

Detailed Plot Summary

7

Keep a Log

5

Scene-by-scene Summary

10

The Story of the Play

6

Conflict Task Sheet Answers

17

Conflicts Task Sheet

7

Understanding the Play Answer Guide

19

Understanding the Play

8

Features of Shakespearean Tragedy

21

Features of Shakespearean Tragedy

10

Structure Worksheet Answers

22

Structure

11

Structure Task Sheet Answers

23

Setting the Scene

12

Setting

25

Characterisation Tasks

13

Character Notes

27

Themes

15

Themes an approach

36

Old English to Modern English

16

Themes Notes

37

Shakespeare's Use of Language

19

The Poetry and the Prose

40

Ambiguity, Symbolism and Irony

20

The Soliloquies

41

Multi-choice Quiz

21

Antithesis and Paradox Answer Guide

42

Worksheets

 

Imagery Worksheet Answer Guide

43

Study Record

24

Sleep Worksheet Answer Guide

47

Structure of Shakespearean Tragedy

25

Ambiguity, Symbolism and Irony Answers

48

Setting

26

Extension Language Notes

50

Character: Macbeth

29

Close Reading Exercises

53

Character: Lady Macbeth

30

Essay Writing

57

The Poetry and the Prose

31

Quiz Answers

60

Antithesis and Paradox

32

Macbeth on Film

65

Imagery

33

Multi-choice Quiz Answers

70

"Macbeth Does Murder Sleep"

38

Bibliography

70

Quick Quizzes

39

Appendix: Revision Sheets Answers

71

Quotation Quiz

41

Appendix: Rise and Fall Graph

76

Figures of Speech Quiz

43

 

 

Appendix: Revision Sheets

44

 

 

Appendix: Rise and Fall Graph

 

51

Extras on the CD: Chronology of Shakespeare's Time; Did Lady Macbeth Have Children?; Elizabethan World View; Glossary of Literary Terms; Presentation of Essays; map of Scotland; The Politics of Power; Introduction to Macbeth; Reconsidering Soliloquies; and a full script.

 

 

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