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.

Clear and well structured... Gives a thorough understanding of all aspects of the play

D Salles, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer
  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

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.

What do teachers say about this resource? (6439)

I liked the resource from a student's point of view. It was clear and well structured... It gives a thorough understanding of all aspects of the play... Excellent for students.

D Salles, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

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 & Peer Reviewer