A lesson that explores Act 1 Scene 2.
Students consider how they can use powerful verbs to create atmosphere.
They then think about the qualities/personalities/connotations of a father and daughter and a magician and their magic.
They then apply these ideas and look at how Miranda converses with her father and analyse her language use. They they move on to focus on Prospero and choose from one of three arguments to focus their extended writing on. Students then produce a PEAL paragraph/extended response based on their selected essay question. There is also a PEAL/PEE support table mat to scaffold learning that includes a sample paragraph and quotation bank.
Macbeth - Villain or Victim?
Shakespeare tragedy turned comedy? With a little help from McBinny, McGinnie and McNinnie (3 witches) Sue Russell 'turns things around' - following the original plot, but with countless laughs along the way!
Duration: Around 15 minutes (not including music suggestions)
Cast size: 27
(Enter Lady Macbeth, reading a letter, letting out intermittent exclamations of joy and shock)
Lady Macbeth: (Reading from letter) “they vanisht” … (Pauses) Witches, eh? My husband always did keep questionable company! (Reads) “missives from the king” … “Thane of Cawdor” .. “Hail, king that shalt be!” … (Pauses to reflect on what she’s just read) Well, well, well! It seems my husband has more going for him than I thought! Thane of Cawdor now, and soon to be king, no less! How’s that for quick promotion! Just as well he has an ‘iron maiden’ at his side! One who, unlike him, is not burdened with ‘human kindness’.(Aside) I shall make it my business to move matters along, as I see fit!
Messenger: Excuse me, Ma’am. I am sent to inform you - The king comes here tonight.
Lady Macbeth: At such short notice? And my lord?
Messenger: He comes too!
Lady Macbeth: (Dismissing messenger with a flick of her hand) Fair enough! And fare you well!
(Exit messenger, bowing)
Lady Macbeth: The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. (Adopts warrior ‘posture’, bracing muscles and performing pretend sword fight) Farewell, Lady Macbeth! Hello warrior woman!
(Macbeth enters, interrupting Lady Macbeth ‘in action’. Lady Macbeth ‘recollects’ herself, returning to former graceful ‘lady’)
Macbeth: (Bowing) My lady?
Lady Macbeth: (Spluttering) Who? What? Ah, tis you, my love! Fancy creeping up on me like that! You gave me quite a turn!
Macbeth: It looked like you were having ‘a bit of a turn’ yourself! Are you sure you’re all right? You look a little … agitated!
Let Miss Reegi and our Clipped Classic Video help you share background and the current relevance of Shakespeare's timeless work. Clipped Classics engage students and promote discussion by presenting pertinent information and colorful visuals.
A play-script on the nativity story.
Written in rhyming prose.
Suggestions for traditional carols.
A simple but effective way to tell the Christmas story.
Suitable for KS 1/2
3-page script on Microsoft word.
Approximately 10 – 15 minutes’ long.
Links to RE, Poetry, English, Drama, Music.