Macbeth Weaker Learner Support Pack for GCSE (ZigZag Education)

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Macbeth Weaker Learner Support Pack for GCSE
80 photocopiable A4 pages with supporting PowerPoint presentation
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Macbeth Weaker Learner Support Pack for GCSE

Aim 1 – Engage weaker learners with the text
Characters speak directly to students to summarise the plot before and after reading the text.

Aim 2 – Support their understanding of key literary aspects
Worksheets with stimulating and well-pitched activities to engage students with main events, all key characters, major themes, form and structural features, and language. Plus a PowerPoint presentation exploring key contextual points.

Aim 3 – Consolidate their knowledge ready for an exam
All activities are cross-referenced to GCSE AOs so that you can choose the right worksheet for your students regardless of exam board. The resources are pitched at those students who like English but find it difficult, and those who are indifferent.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5608)
"This resource has a great deal of educational value by prompting particularly weaker students with sentence starters, simplified plots, tables and charts that all help structure the play. This breaks down the daunting task of a whole Shakespearean play for weaker learners, which can seem intimidating. Activities are short, snappy, clear and very user-friendly. I really like that the 10 key scenes have been selected to help focus students and make the play more manageable from their perspectives. The language used in translating the objectives is easy to understand and uses catchy phrases students will appreciate such as ‘to hit this AO’. The scene summaries are well written and succinct. Surely this will be an incredibly useful revision tool." J Stockford, English Teacher
"It is jam-packed with scaffolded learning tasks and activities which would provide ways into complex language for weaker learners. It is bursting with active learning tasks which create great opportunities for pupils to actively engage with meaning, character and language. The mind-map at the end of the resource is an excellent example of how a well thought out visual analysis can assist understanding, revision while giving the teacher a tool which helps them assess how much pupils have learned. Furthermore the section near the end which delves into context, the role and women and challenges pupils to think about how the character of Lady Macbeth may have gone against the conventions of the time are fantastic examples of how pupils can be supported in exploring context in a manner that prepares them for a controlled assessment on Shakespeare which links to a key AO." K McLoughlin, English Teacher
"The resource encourages students to raise their standards and does not ‘dumb down’ the text. The students will be using relevant and appropriate terminology, making meaningful contextual links and commenting on language, structure and form. I like how each AO has been explained to students and how they can ‘hit’/meet this objective. I also like how the resource encourages students to see the events through the perspective of characters e.g Macbeth on page 9. I find that this is something which engages my less able students. I really like this resource." K Greaves, English Teacher
"Almost perfect! Clever and well-pitched. I like the way Macbeth is seen to be speaking to the student at points. Love the range of sheets and tasks - lots to choose from! The criteria is clearly translated and pupil vocab is extended and pushed." E Evans, English Teacher
"A fresh, engaging resource which really picks out the key plot points and themes of the play using a variety of tasks well suited to lower ability learners. It is an interesting idea to focus on Macbeth's point-of-view as a "voice" for the resource which I think appeals across the board, not just to lower ability." P Town, English Teacher
"A must for low ability learners. I like the comprehensive layout of the resource - events, themes, characters, and language. I especially like the teacher's notes - they cover the AOs clearly and allow a more purposeful approach to the study scheme. Questioning builds understanding at a good pace and almost always ends with a how or why question, pushing students for those C+ skills." Penglais English Dept.

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