Top 5 Teaching Resources for Macbeth

Last week, I put out five of my ‘top’ Jekyll and Hyde resources – the stuff I think has aged reasonably well and that I still tend to use fairly regularly.  Here’s five for Macbeth.  Take a look below…

1. Exam style task and whole-class feedback sheet – click here 

A simple task on how the character of Macbeth changes as the play progresses and a feedback sheet that I gave to my year 10 students after they’d completed it.  Not sure if it’s helpful, but I’ve also put some other specimen exam tasks in the folder.  They’re from a couple of years ago and based on the Eduqas English Literature exam, but they should be easy enough to adapt.

2. Literacy ‘do now’ tasks – click here

Last week, I wrote a short blog on how I start most of my lessons.  Usually, I ask students to copy and correct a short piece of writing that will relevant to new content covered later on.  If you click on the link, you’ll be taken through to a series of slides with the Macbeth tasks I gave my wards at the beginning of the academic year.

3. Characterisation overview – click here

A one-page overview for students that contains what I call the ‘fundamentals’ on three characters – Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Macduff.  Useful for revision or as the basis for questioning and discussion.

4. Revision extracts – click here

A selection of extracts from the play and also banks of key words.  When I used the resource earlier in the term, I squished the first two pages together to form a single A3 sheet and then did the same with the final two pages.

5. 50 quiz questions – click here

Finally, a really simple one: 50 quiz questions on Macbeth.  Answers in a friendly red.


I hope the resources are useful.  Feedback always welcome.


Recommended reading:

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, by James Shapiro
GCSE English Literature for AQA Macbeth Student Book, by Anthony Partington
Macbeth (The RSC Shakespeare), ed. Jonathan Blake and Eric Rasmussen

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