Everything you need to teach Macbeth! EIGHTEEN HOURS' WORTH! Includes a 2 hour Macbeth overview (or revision /recap session), a complete GCSE revision guide, and EIGHTEEN lessons:
Introducing Macbeth and Banquo
Analysing The Witches
Introducing Lady Macbeth
Act 1 Scene 7
Act 2 Scene 1 - The Dagger Scene
Act 2 Scene 2
Act 3 Scene 1
The Banquet Scene
Lady Macbeth's Sleepwalking
22x Display Posters
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20 multiple choice questions for each act of Macbeth. The tests can be used alongside classroom teaching, or could be used as a revision tool when revisiting the text.
For Show My Homework compatibility the correct answer is always A. This would need to be changed if handing out printed copies.
A 30 page booklet that students can use to revise the plot, characters and techniques used in the play. There is a lot of focus on key quotes to aid revision, especially if students are taking a closed-book exam. Also contains activities on context, includes a model answer and has mock questions that students can complete as they approach the exam. This resource works well as part of lessons, for revision, homework tasks or given as intervention to help students to be fully prepared for the exam.
Lady Macbeth Assessment Lesson which focuses on act 1 scene 5 and helps students to structure GCSE style responses. Includes model answer and planning sheet as well as key quotations and sentence starters for lower ability students.
A fully differentiated and resourced lesson that focusses on Lady Macbeth in Act 5 Scene 1 and how she has changed from the beginning of the play. Students analyse the language of Act 5 Scene 1 and how Lady Macbeth gets across her fear and sense of guilt in front of the doctor and gentlewoman. Ideal preparation for KS4 students moving towards AQA English Literature Paper 1 or easily adaptable for KS3 students studying Macbeth.
A GCSE Macbeth revision guide for KS4 students to prepare for Section A of the new specification AQA Literature Paper 1 Section A, which includes differentiated activities and resources to support students as they revise for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Based on the popular game show 'Pointless', this resource is perfect for use as a starter activity, plenary, or revision tool. Editable, so that you can change to any other topic or change questions. Containing almost 30 slides of sound clips, engaging visuals, and suitably challenging questions, this resource is effective at both promoting engagement and enhancing learning. There are several full rounds of questions to build learning of Macbeth:
1. The characters in Macbeth
2. Quotations from the text
3. Settings, themes, and character titles
4. Murders in Macbeth
The nature of the game ensures that this resource can challenge students of all levels.
NOTE: You can buy this resource alone, or in a bundle of 8 Pointless games, for only £1 more!
This powerpoint covers comprehensive themes:
Ambition, Masculinity and Cruelty, The Divine Right of Kings, Tyranny, The Psychology of Guilt, Fate, Prophecy and Free Will, Violence, and The Ambiguity of Reality.
There are a range of quotations for each theme, from different characters’ perspectives.
Each slide has engaging images which should help to make your teaching memorable.
An in depth approach to each slide is also available in my free videos on YouTube. You can find over 600 useful videos at
Or follow the link to the precise video on Macbeth’s themes.
15 practice questions with extracts. Questions cover a range of themes, moments and characters in the play.
Useful as a revision tool, an ongoing homework or as alternative mock papers to those provided on exam board websites.
Four rounds, each including 10 questions on Macbeth. Assumes knowledge of the play. Rounds include:
Who said that line?
Complete the line
There's also a PowerPoint included with the answers and a summary task.
I'm using as a carousel in small groups, but could just as easily be used as an individual quiz/test.
This engaging and interesting lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of one of the key characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Macduff. In particular, they learn to make insightful interpretations about the character, and are enabled to to infer and deduce Macduff’s key characteristics from his involvement at particular moments in the play, in addition to considering how Shakespeare deploys Macduff as a fitting hero to face Macbeth’s tyranny.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be visual and interactive learners. It follows this learning journey:
Inferring key information about the character of Macduff from events in the text;
Identifying and ordering the key events in the text in which Macduff is involved;
Understanding his role in the downfall of Macbeth;
Understanding his character in relation to historical context, considering Shakespeare’s intentions through the character;
Analysing Shakespeare’s development of Macduff as a key character throughout the text;
Evaluating the learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
Resources for the card sorting sequencing activity, detailing Macduff’s numerous actions throughout the play;
A Macbeth vs Macduff worksheet, to enable students to understand Macduff’s heroic characteristics;
A template to help scaffold the main task, complete with P.E.E instructions;
A comprehensive teacher guidance form/lesson plan to assist delivery.
All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.
A KS3 lesson to get students thinking about the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This follows on nicely from a whole class staged combat scene to introduce the students to the play. The start activity may need adapting to a whoosh.
Tasks encourage an abstract and stylised way of moving as the witches etc.
A fully differentiated and resourced lesson that explores the context of witches and witchcraft in Jacobean England and introduces students to Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2 of Macbeth, focusing on the presentation of the witches and how Macbeth is juxtaposed next to them. An ideal lesson for both KS3 and KS4 students studying Shakespeare’s play.
THIS BUNDLE CONTAINS ALL OF THE MACBETH LESSONS, IN ADDITION TO THE COMPREHENSION ACTIVITY BOOKLET, THE MACBETH KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER, AND THE POINTLESS GAME!
This engaging, varied, and informative scheme of learning is designed to help students gain understanding, assessment skills, and key interpretations of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’ Made up of a wide-range of interesting and exciting lessons, students should complete this scheme having gathered vital skills in: interpreting the significant meanings of the text, understanding the writer’s ideas within the text, analysing key characters, settings, and themes, and understanding Shakespeare’s language devices.
Stimulating, visual, and easily adaptable, these lessons provide suggested learning objectives and outcomes for students of a wide-range of abilities - The vast majority of tasks are differentiated to allow for different abilities and needs in your classroom. Each lesson loosely follows this logical learning journey to ensure that students learn in bite-size steps:
- Defining/ Understanding
- Analysing/ Creating
- Peer or self evaluating.
All of the lessons are interactive, employ a variety of different teaching and learning methods and styles, and are visually-engaging. Resources, worksheets, and lesson plans are all provided.
This file contains one criss-cross puzzle and one wordsearch, both using characters who appear in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. In the criss-cross puzzle the student will be asked to name the characters from the clues provided, and then enter these into the matching squares in the numbered grid. In the wordsearch puzzle the student has to find in the grid all the characters listed. For both puzzles, there is a printable sheet for the student and a solution sheet for the teacher. As usual, to make the answers easier to locate in the word-search solution, I have highlighted the first letter of each name in yellow, or orange when the letter begins two names running in different directions. I have included two versions, one in PDF and the second an Excel file, whichever is your preference.