Shakespeare’s play about a Scottish nobleman and his wife who murder their king for his throne charts the extremes of ambition and guilt. First staged in 1606, Macbeth’s three witches and other dark imagery have entered our collective imagination. Check out sample lesson plans for Macbeth below.
Students will use this worksheet to identify one scene from each act that demonstrates how Macbeth is increasingly corrupted by the promise and wielding of power.
Students will use this worksheet to connect two comparable scenes in Macbeth, developing a writing prompt as if they were the teacher, and then writing a well-developed response to their own prompt.
Students will use this worksheet to list the traits of a hero and a villain, assign these traits to different characters in the play, and then answer questions about who, if anyone, is the hero of Macbeth.
Students will use this worksheet to trace the impact power has on Lady Macbeth by examining each scene in which she appears.
Students will use this worksheet to find various poetic or literary devices in Act 4, scene 1, that Shakespeare uses to characterize the witches.
Students will use this handout to better understand commonly used archaic words and phrases from Shakespeare’s time.
Students will use this worksheet to categorize various words associated with power used throughout the play.
Students will use this worksheet to better understand a list of terms used in Macbeth by defining the word from context and then confirming with a dictionary.