I am very excited to teach Shakespeare’s Macbeth this quarter!
This unit is designed to be
Students will hopefully learn/understand/explore
- how Shakespeare’s stories have influenced our culture
- how Shakespeare developed themes of ambition, fate vs free will, and cruelty’s relationship to masculinity
- the diversity of the various film and stage representations of Macbeth
I taught this play once, several years ago (2012 in Newtown, CT). The students I taught back then still keep in touch with me, and still have fond memories of experiencing this play.
This content for this unit is primarily centered around the play. Still, many of the lessons can be used with lots of Shakespeare plays, or any type of drama. Certainly, the unit will involve close reading strategies that are engaging and can be used when reading any type of media.
As always, feel free to use whatever you want, however you want, and share it with whoever you want.
Poem A Day:
“Eclipse” Pink Floyd. After reading the lyrics, I told students we were starting a new unit today about nonfiction. Then as a class we mocked up a definition of non-fiction. They called out several examples and I wrote them on the board.
Once students understood that we were going to be learning about a new genre, nonfiction, I asked students to define the following two terms in their notebooks:
This obviously opened up a lot of great conversation. Kids love prompts like these that open their minds and challenge them.
I pulled a news report from that morning’s NPR Morning Edition. We listened to the podcast and read the transcript. You can really use any story here that appeals to you or your students.
Then, students worked in pairs to answer these questions.
We came together as a class to discuss our thoughts.
Students were asked to find a nonfiction news article that is no longer than three months old. They were to fill out the same worksheet with their new article. I also warned them that they would do A LOT OF WORK with that one article for the next week, so I told them to choose something interesting and substantial.