A starter activity to introduce the context and time in which the Macbeth was written. At this point, the students have not read the play. As a prep homework exercise, I had the students go away and find out the following in advance: When and where did Shakespeare live? Find three interesting facts about the world at that time. The second exercise makes them think about what they would put in the play. The homework asks them to reflect on the ideas they had and what they find in the opening acts of the play.