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Macbeth Activity Pack

With specialised worksheets to meet the needs of the new specifications

"I love the support for teachers within the teacherís introduction in the form of example answers and key points for teaching. I also really like the activity comparing Keatís poem La Belle Dame sans Merci to Macbeth. It is also so closely matched to the Assessment Objectives. It is overall a really entertaining resource for teachers to use. I think that this resource would really help to bring Shakespeare alive. There's superb colour and images; I like the running 'castle' theme throughout. It is clear that the author loves the play."
J Whitbread, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer


The beauty of this resource is that the wealth of engaging activities, including two activities for every scene, allows the teacher to find stimulating work at any time!

Each scene has an extension activity to stretch and challenge your higher ability students and all activities are cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives.

Buy this with the complementing Study Guide!

Includes a fun multiple choice quiz to test knowledge

PLUS: special 'answering extract questions' and 'comparing the play to a poem' activities – perfect preparation for exams and controlled assessments!

More worksheets include:

  • Witchcraft
  • Macbeth in the Movies
  • Ambition
  • Blame
  • The Supernatural

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? (3739)
I think that this is a very valuable resource which students and teachers will enjoy using. The links between Macbeth and a range of Literary Heritage texts provide a broad range of ideas for the Controlled Assessment 'Linked Texts' module - great for new teachers seeking inspiration. V Denman, Head of Department, Independent Reviewer
It enhances learning by making the main aspects of the play very accessible and helps to make the action, characters and themes understandable.C Webb, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
This resource is an excellent accompaniment to any scheme of work. It is comprehensive and well written and an asset for any teacher. C  McDonough, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'It certainly 'breathes new life into a long-standing text', as promised. The focus on assessment objectives combined with the interesting range of tasks. It offers a 'big picture' view of the play whilst focusing on small sections. Not all resources manage this, leading to an unsatisfying series of seemingly unrelated snippets of text.'M Courtney-Holt, English Lecturer, Independent Reviewer
'I particularly liked the illustrations and feel they increase the appeal of the resource for students.Educationally, I feel that as the information is presented so well, then students can't help but be engaged by it. A great resource, original, attractive and appealing. Everything is there. Wonderful.'J Churchill, English Teacher, Independent Reviewer
'Engaging but introduces some difficult concepts effectively. It could also be differentiated for lower ability students. The speaking and listening activities at the end of the pack are also brilliant. The activities are all focused on developing skills, and the questions are short and clearly worded. Teachers could use the handouts without needing to explain too much, leaving more time for enthusiastic reading/ performing of the play itself. This resource would be excellent reproduced in colour, but because of the simplicity of the layout would also be effective in black and white. The table at the beginning of the pack clearly outlines which Assessment objectives are being tested in each task. This is extremely helpful and can be made explicit to the students. J Whitbread, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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