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Macbeth Study Guide
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For each exam board the mode of assessment is considered and specific material for this is included.

Macbeth Study Guide

Buy this with the complementing Activity Pack!

Updated for the new 2013 GCSE specifications

With integrated Literary Heritage notes for every main section
Inludes original character and scene illustrations

  • Comprehensive notes and tasks throughout to support learning, test knowledge and help with revision
  • Fully cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives
  • Specific sections to fulfil the requirements of each exam board: AQA and OCR sample exam questions and sample controlled assessment tasks for all exam boards

"It is very detailed and it has interesting information and ideas to discuss with the class. I liked how it is linked to the exam questions and the requirements of the exam board. It helps students understand the play, its characters, issues and the exam questions."
M Hanlan, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Know the play
  • Plot overview
  • Character summaries
  • Analysis of major characters

Know more
  • Themes
  • Historical, social contexts
  • Language, imagery, symbolism and structure

Know what to write
  • Assessment Objectives in pupil-speak
  • Foundation and Higher sample exam questions
  • Sample controlled assessment tasks
  • Sample answers and important planned-out answers

This guide adheres to the requirements of the new specifications for GCSE Literature. The summary grid below indicates which units allow for the study of this text and the methods of assessment.

  English Literature English Language English
AQA Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Unit 4: Section A — Shakespeare Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively — Part A (extended reading) Unit 3a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading)
Optional text for controlled assessment. One of five Shakespeare texts prescribed for an exam. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.
Edexcel Unit 1: Understanding Different Cultures   Unit 2: The Writer's Craft — Section B: Reading (prose)
Optional text for controlled assessment. One of three texts prescribed for an exam.
OCR Unit 1: Literary Heritage Linked Texts: Shakespeare and Film/Audio Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts — Shakespeare
One of four Shakespeare texts prescribed for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 3: Literary Heritage Poetry and Drama Unit 3: Literary reading & creative writing — studying written language(extended literary text) Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination - Reading (literary heritage poetry and Shakespeare)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts (Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar) or they can choose their own text.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3603)
"The educational value of this resource is that it has been specifically designed to enhance the learning and teaching of the Shakespeare text taking into consideration the demands of the course it is aimed at. Put simply, it offers teachers and students a self contained study pack that will help students and teachers overcome any difficulties with an understanding of Macbeth and the course requirements. I particularly liked the quotation and analysis sections on each Act/scene. These are invaluable exemplars to help students to understand Shakespeare's language and the complex ideas behind what is being said." R Getty, English Teacher and Ind. Reviewer
'I particularly liked the clear overview of context of production; I also liked the way all the specifications were addressed with examples of controlled assessments of each type used. The overview of the plot of the whole play and of each scene provide valuable revision notes for exam or controlled assessment. The student-friendly activities on each act are suitably challenging and enhance learning. The resource matches the specification effectively — including the provision of suggested controlled assessment tasks. Students would find it useful to be given a clear understanding of plot and characters before starting the preparation for controlled assessment comparing the text with poetry [WJEC].' E Hewitt, HoD and Independent Reviewer

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