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W/C 18.01

Lesson 1:


For this lesson we are going to look at comparing different versions of a specific extract from Macbeth. I want you to focus on the similarities and differences between these versions, like grammar, vocabulary and phrases. 


We are going to look at the scene with the Witches and a historic version and 2 different modern versions. The first version is the original playscript, which will include archaic language. The second is the BBC video of the first scene, and the third is the modern book versions.


Think about:

Why do you think the modern author has chosen to keep certain words and phrases the same?

Why do you think the modern author has chosen not to include these words and phrases?

Does the audience play an important role? Why?

Which version do you prefer and why?


I want you to show your results in a Venn diagram. Below are the links/photos of the different versions and a Venn diagram.


Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s conversation

Lesson 2:


Today we will be focusing again on inferring a character's thoughts and feelings, and we will be writing a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth. 


Either reading the below text or watching scene 5 'A trap for Banquo' think about what Macbeth might be thinking about and feeling when he saw Banquo's ghost. We will write a letter to Lady Macbeth explaining what happened, how you feel and what you might do next. 



Lesson 3:


Today we are going to write three different diary entries on the different events of the the play. Using the BBC episodes we will write a diary entry in the role of Macbeth for each of the episodes we have left;

Scene 6: Something wicked this way comes,

Scene 7: Preparing for battle,

Scene 8: Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane.


For each of the episodes we will write diary entry so by the end of today we will have 3 entries and have finished the play.

Diary example

Lesson 4:


For today we are going to be using all that we have learnt from the episodes and book versions and we will write a newspaper report on the demise of Macbeth. 


I would like you to go to  and read the spoof newspaper about Macbeth. Can you find the key features of a newspaper report?


Below is a template for a newspaper report that you can use, you can create your own in your home learning journal or you can use PurpleMash. I have also included a PPT on the key features of newspaper reports to refer back to when you are writing it independently. 

Lesson 5:


Our last lesson of the week we are going to compare characters across the whole play. To do this we will need to complete the timeline of key events that we started in the first week. Below I have included some examples to help after we have gone through it together.

Once you have completed the timeline of events for Macbeth, using a different colour or creating a new timeline if needed, you will examine each event from Lady Macbeth's view point.