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English Language Arts

Fair or Foul? Teaching Macbeth

Macbeth is a challenging play for students to understand and perform. There are ways, however, to bring the play to life. There are many great ideas here for exposing students to the beauty of Shakespeare's words and stylistic choices.
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Fair or Foul? Teaching Macbeth
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I like this site because it includes printable worksheets for each act, creative projects, opening and closing activities and worldly connections.
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    Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

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    Melissa Mirabello says:
    Use digital media to teach Macbeth or any other Shakespeare play. Plays are meant to be watched and experienced not read silently. Students must be engaged and interact with the play. Use ideas on this site to bring the play to life.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Here are more excellent strategies for teaching a difficult play. Whether constructing insults, mapping Scotland, giving weather reports or learning about theater etiquette, students will have fun studying the play and preparing to see a performance of it.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    A master teacher is observed teaching her students about Macbeth. She focuses on the strength of language and intonation, dialogue elements and symbolism. New teachers watch her instruct and inspire her students. I love her idea about shouting and whispering quotations -- it helps the students decipher meaning and impart tone.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This teacher's idea on how to help her actors understand the play's words and transmit them through voice and action is fantastic. By directing her actors outside, she immerses them in the complexities of performance with limited props and setting.