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Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act II, Scenes I and II) lacks explicit details of the murder of King Duncan, yet the author creates an atmosphere that allows us to visualize the event. Readers interpret the "Dagger Speech" by writing stage directions to accompany it based on the text. (Adapt the worksheet included to make a printable format.) Have groups trade stage directions and act out what others devised. Rigorous, and fun inference practice. Link to a healthy list of reading log prompts.