Cowardly Macbeth, Act 1, scene 7
This lesson asks students to analyse how Macbeth explores his conscience before he decides to murder Duncan. Initially students are asked to imagine and list Macbeth's thoughts and feelings at this stage of the play. After watching a video of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discussing the crime students are asked to speculate their attitudes before tackling the text in detail. After reading the scene, pertinent questions are posed for groups to consider and then there is an optional task where imagery can be identified and commented on.

All lessons in this series include:

- Links to online videos (see 'Notes' under Powerpoint slides)
- Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson
- Differentiated tasks
- Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities ('Talk for Writing')
- Handouts of scenes or a selection of quotes from scenes studied
- Alternating opportunities for self and peer assessment
- Essay writing prompts to allow students to write about the scene
- References to the AQA English Literature mark scheme for Paper 1, particularly to the demands for attaining a grade 5 - what is considered a 'good pass' for the qualification.

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