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W/C 11.01

Lesson 1:


Today we are going to collect new vocabulary. I would like you to re-watch the first two scenes and then watch the third scene. Throughout each scene if there is any unknown or unusual vocabulary that you want to understand or think you may magpie for your own work I want you to collect it.


Write down each new word and then find out the meaning of it, the synonyms, the antonyms, and put it into a different sentence. Like we do in class. Below is an example of the semantic map you will create for each new word.

Semantic Map example

Lesson 2:


Today you will be writing a diary entry in the character of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth or the Witches. You will need to think about what he will be thinking, feeling and the reasons for his actions. 


Below is a list of different events that I think you could focus on for your diary entry. You will only need to do one event but you must describe it in full with all your (Macbeth's) thoughts and feelings throughout.


    • -  the witches’ prophecy at the start;
    • -  the exchange between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, where she convinces him to plot King Duncan’s murder;  
    • -  Macbeth’s behaviour immediately after the murder when he returns to Lady Macbeth;
    • -  Macbeth deciding to kill Banquo and his son
    • - One of the killers

Remember to try and include all of the key features of a diary.

Lesson 3:


For this lesson we are going to focus on Lady Macbeth are her actions. She is extremely ambitious and in the BBC adaptation of the play she tells her husband to ‘be a tiger not a dove’. What other metaphors might she have used?


Today I want you to be the character of Lady Macbeth and send a persuasive message to Macbeth urging him to seize the moment and do as she wishes.


Think about have you ever tried to persuade someone to do something against their wishes? Has anyone tried to persuade you to do something you didn’t want to do? How did this make you feel? How do you think Macbeth feels? Is it OK to make someone do something against their will if it’s for their own benefit?


Below I have included some of the resources that might help with your writing.

Lesson 4:


Today we will be looking at characters decisions and actions. Start by completing the adjectives sheet for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and have a think about any similarities or differences in the vocabulary you have used.


I would like you to focus on the exchange between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, where she convinces him to plot the King's murder (Act 1 Scene 5). How could Macbeth have retaliated? What could he have said? 

Your task is to write an alternative ending to this scene where Macbeth stands up to Lady Macbeth and *doesn't* do as she asks. You can either write it as a short story or as a playscript and the conversation between the two characters. 

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth description.


Lesson 5:


For our last lesson this week I want you to focus on the justification of your opinions.


Start by exploring Banquo's description of the Three Witches from the original text (Act 1 Scene 3).


From this I would like you to draw a picture of the Three Witches, based on what you have read. 

Once you have drawn the Three Witches can you label your picture and use the sentence starter


'I can say ... because the text says...' and use evidence from the text to support your drawing and opinions. For example: I can say the witches are old as the text says they are withered.