Macbeth: Study Guide for GCSE (first teaching 2015)

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There is plenty for your students to enjoy in Shakespeare’s Scottish play – delve into themes such as ambition, aggression and the supernatural.

This comprehensive resource ensures students have a detailed knowledge of every scene to prepare them for any exam question that comes their way.

A self-contained study pack that will help students and teachers... I particularly liked the quotation and analysis sections. 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 & Independent Reviewer (feedback for previous edition)

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All scenes are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Extended essay questions for excellent exam practice

Includes Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6439)
"Thank you for such a detailed resource – I could imagine making very good use of it! The scene by scene analysis is very effective, particularly for the more able pupils... The analysis acts as a form of modelling as well, showing pupils how to embed and utilise quotations effectively. The debate points and active learning tasks direct the pupils’ thinking to ensure a full and rich understanding of the text. The glossary of key terms at the end is excellent support for less able pupils." S Owen, English Teacher and Indpendent Reviewer
"I liked the resource... It was clear and well structured. It gives a thorough understanding of all aspects of the play. Excellent for students." Dominic Salles, English Teacher and Indpendent Reviewer