Macbeth- William Shakespeare

Overview PowerPoint-

Introduction to Shakespeare-

Shakespearean Sonnets-


    • aside
    • blank verse
    • classical allusions
    • comedy
    • dialogue
    • dramatic irony
    • foil
    • Greek chorus
    • heroic couplet
    • iambic pentameter
    • irony: dramatic, situational, verbal
    • monologue
    • protagonist
    • soliloquy
    • tragedy
    • tragic hero
    • tragic flaw
    • tragic illumination

Write an essay in which you discuss the extent to which one of the dramas studied adheres to Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis. (RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, W.9-10.2)
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Speech- Why Macbeth Matters to Me.
Select a one-minute passage from one play and recite it from memory. Include an introduction that states:
    • What the excerpt is (i.e., cite play and place the passage in context).
    • Why the passage is significant to the story and to your area of interest (see below for more information on area of interest).
    • How the passage exemplifies one of the play’s themes. (RL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.4, 6)
    • Complete culminating project (Why Macbeth Matters to Me) in which you have a variety of options in writing, presenting, or performing about a relevant topic from the play. For example, one student may want to be a psychologist, so she could research possible ailments of and treatments for Lady Macbeth. She could keep anecdotal records, as a psychologist might do, and present her findings to the class.
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Seminar Question
How do fate and free will play a part in Macbet's destiny? The seminar question may also be used as an essay topic. (RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.1)

Oral Presentation
Macbeth in today's society- identify an article from current events that shows elements of the story that are relevant to our society today. Create a collage that includes words and quotes from both the article and the drama, as well as pictures that depict and symbolize the general theme of your connection(s).

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      • RL.9-10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
      • RL.9-10.5: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
      • RL.9-10.9: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
      • RI.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
      • W.9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
      • SL.9-10.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • L.9-10.6: Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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