For a while now, I’ve been trying to help the students I teach write a bit more about a bit less. One of the ways I do this at the moment is to display the ‘Building a Point’ slides a couple of times each week towards the beginning of the lesson. The idea is for students to form three points based on a single piece of evidence. Sometimes I ask for formal written responses and sometimes it’s just notes or discussions.
The blue slide in the screenshot contains a ‘finished’ example. The yellow slides show the ‘clues’ I provide. Not sure why I included the same slide twice on my tweet – think I must’ve been tired!
Click here to access fourteen different ‘Building a Point’ slides that span the whole play. They should be easy to adapt.
— Douglas Wise (@DoWise) May 23, 2021
The scenes and quotations are below…
A1-S3: Macbeth hopes that ‘chance may crown’ him king
A1-S4: Macbeth appeals to the stars to ‘hide their fires’
A1-S5: Lady Macbeth remarks that the ‘raven himself is hoarse’
A1-S7: Macbeth concedes that Duncan has been ‘so clear in his great office’
A2-S1: Banquo says to Fleance that there’s ‘husbandry in heaven; their candles are all out’
A2-S2: Macbeth doubts that ‘all great Neptune’s ocean’ could wash the blood from his hands
A2-S3: Macbeth describes Duncan’s ‘silver skin laced with his golden blood’
A3-S2: Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that his ‘noble friends do lack’ him
A4-S2: Macduff’s son cries out to his mother that the murderer has ‘kill’d’ him
A4-S3: Malcolm compares Macbeth to Satan by saying that ‘angels are bright still, though the brightest fell’
A5-S1: Lady Macbeth says that ‘all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten’ her hand
A5-S3: Macbeth reflects that he will lack ‘honour, love, obedience, troops of friends’ in his old age
A5-S5: Macbeth exclaims, ‘out, out, brief candle!’
A5-S9: Malcolm describes Macbeth as a ‘dead butcher’
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More Macbeth teaching resources:
- Macbeth One-Page Review Task Worksheets
- Macbeth Scheme of Work
- Introductory Lessons on Macbeth for Remote Teaching
- Classical and Biblical Allusions in Macbeth
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