Macbeth - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Scotland, 1000 AD

Genre: British Literature, Shakespeare

Page Count: 54 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7 weeks

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A classic tragedy full of ambition and betrayal, superstition and murder.

After meeting three witches who prophesy that he will one day become king, Macbeth sets off a chain of chaos throughout Scotland when impatience drives him to kill his friend, kinsman, and king. Now king himself, Macbeth struggles to prevent the rest of the witches' predictions from coming to pass as his authority begins to crumble and his wife slowly descends into madness. 
The fires of rebellion ignite throughout the land, and even the seemingly favorable predictions the witches gave him come to have a double edge.

Progeny Press' English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

Author Biography: Uncover the riveting history of William Shakespeare.
Vocabulary: Examine the language of the play, mastering words throughout the narrative. Engage in a variety of activities designed to boost retention language growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore the literary techniques employed in the play. Analyze tone, unravel irony, examine contrasts, delve into character studies, explore asides, decipher foreshadowing, grasp pacing, dissect soliloquies, appreciate comic relief, identify foils, paraphrase key passages, contemplate pathetic fallacy, ponder personification, navigate understatement, appreciate hyperbole, explore anaphora, synonyms, parallel characters, mistreatment, endurance, metaphorical language, compare & contrast elements, delve into extended metaphors, and understand the roles of protagonists, tragic heroes, and antiheroes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss the contrasts between King David and Macbeth, contemplate the role of wise advisors, delve into the concept of biblical manliness, reflect on true forgiveness of sin, discern the nuances between repentance and regret, explore themes of revenge, love for enemies, the injunction against judgment, the dichotomy of obeying leaders versus questioning or disobeying them, the consequences of boasting and pride, the inevitability of death, and the redemptive power of true belief in Christ Jesus.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Conduct a comparison between 1 Samuel and Macbeth, delve into a report on King James I, explore map work related to the Scottish Highlands and castles, study world leader history and the pursuit of power, analyze Machiavelli’s "The Prince," maintain an As-you-read notebook, craft essays on topics like temptation or King James I of England, embark on art projects such as watercolor or drawing, perform scenes from the play, participate in scrambled quotations activities, pen journal entries, compose eulogies and poems, contribute to class discussions or papers on prophecy, the third murder, the ghost, and engage in creative art activities.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your literary horizons with an in-depth reading list, encompassing works by the same author(s) and other books and movies that complement or echo the themes found in Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Scotland, 1000 AD
British Literature, Shakespeare
Study Guide Page Count:
64 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland
For the Play By:
William Shakespeare

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Bernice Riley on 23rd Aug 2020


    Macbeth Study Guide

    Excellent - well organised course materials that increase student comprehension and ability to think critically. It is exceptionally good to bring a Christian perspective to the study of Shakespeare.

  • Posted by Eric S. on 3rd Jan 2015


    comprehensive and manageable.

    comprehensive and manageable.