English resources for teaching Macbeth

A range of our favourite Macbeth resources, focusing on Lady Macbeth, the witches and tools to aid understanding

Tes Resources Team

The witches from secondary English resources to teach Macbeth

"Double, double, toil and trouble..."

Macbeth is one of the most frequently taught Shakespeare plays, and for good reason - with witches, kings, madness and murder, it has great potential to engage young people once they get over any fears about its difficulty. We have selected a range of our favourite Macbeth resources below, focusing on Lady Macbeth, the witches and tools to aid understanding and revision. 

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Whole play

If you're about to start teaching Macbeth, the full scheme of work below could be perfect for giving you ideas on how to approach teaching the themes and action of the play - it includes ideas to fill 17 lessons. The modern version of the text is also really useful for introducing the play gently to pupils who are worried about the language.

Macbeth Scheme of Work
charlottecarter

Macbeth Scheme of Work

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There are resources. If you would like any of them please comment and let me know. Some resources are from The Shorter Shakespeare Macbeth Teacher's Resource Book.
A FULL  modern version of Shakespeare's Macbeth
Jennifer Canham

A FULL modern version of Shakespeare's Macbeth

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I created this for my KS3 and lower ability KS4 lessons. This is the entire play of Macbeth using modern language. I still read the full original play with the class but this enabled me to show them sections of it in a more up to date speak so they could understand it better if they struggled t...

The witches

The three witches are a great way into Macbeth as they can so easily capture the imagination of young people. Included here is a PowerPoint lesson covering Act 1 Scene 1 and the introduction of the witches, and a lesson focusing on the witches' spell in Act 4 - this one includes a lovely spell-writing activity! Also included here is a detailed workbook focusing on the context and history of witchcraft and the witches' role in Macbeth.

Macbeth Witches Lesson: Powerpoint Resource
jlud87

Macbeth Witches Lesson: Powerpoint Resource

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LO: To understand the purpose of the witches in Macbeth. It focuses on the witches spell in Act 4. The idea is to look at context, history and then language. It can lead on to a discussion about who is responsible for Duncan's murder.
Macbeth: The Witches
BandDPublishing

Macbeth: The Witches

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B and D Publishing s Macbeth slide pack covering The Witches. This series of lessons for teaching the play at GCSE covers all of the Weird Sisters appearances in Shakespeare s play: Act 1 Scene 1, Act 1 Scene 3, Act 3 Scene 5 and Act 4 Scene 1. The slides include commentary on the text, histo...
'The Witches' Macbeth
LucyBee28

'The Witches' Macbeth

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Two lessons created to go through the encouter with the Witches and also Banquo. Create for lower ability/SEN/PP to support students with their understanding of the opening of the play.

Lady Macbeth

Use these resources to help your students analyse this infamous villain of literature - including an analysis of how she changes throughout the action of the play and a close reading of her speech in Act 1 Scene 5. To help students write about Lady Macbeth, we have also selected a key scenes activity worksheet and some annotated quotations.

Lady Macbeth
EnglishGCSEcouk

Lady Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth - 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 gen...
Lady Macbeth
amanda310589

Lady Macbeth

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This activity gives students key scene featuring Lady Macbeth with leading questions to really get them thinking about her character.
Lady Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 5
slinds

Lady Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 5

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This lesson was for a Year 8 unit on 'the other' in Shakespeare. It explores Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5. Differentiation: Group A - more challenging Group B - middle ability Group C - lower ability Images sourced from Google.

Macbeth revision

These resources have been selected to help KS4 students revise the key themes, characters and action of the play - including a detailed A3 knowledge organiser, colour-coded key quotations, some essay questions and a comprehensive revision booklet.

Macbeth AQA exam questions
josephs15

Macbeth AQA exam questions

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Meant to be printed and cut up into slips - for final revision weeks and revision classes once pupils are already familiar with exam requirements. (Saves on copying costs!)
Macbeth Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!
TandLGuru

Macbeth Knowledge Organiser/ Revision Mat!

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This detailed and visually-appealing resource offers a complete reference point for students learning or revising William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' It contains comprehensive sections on: - Context; - Scene by Scene Summary (with quotes); - Main Characters; - Themes; - Dramatic Devices; - Feat...
Shakespeare's Macbeth: key quotations for GCSE
mishymashy

Shakespeare's Macbeth: key quotations for GCSE

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A revision resource for GCSE students to help them memorise key quotations from Macbeth. A 5 page document, colour-coded according to character. Accompanying brief analysis of each quotation: stylistic features, key themes, similar scenes. Easily adaptable for differentiation.
Macbeth Revision
EnglishGCSEcouk

Macbeth Revision

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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. Includes: Plot summary Key quote...