Lady Macbeth 1: Top Dog

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Who wears the pants in the Macbeth family? Many would argue it's not the Thane of Cawdor, but his wife, Lady Macbeth. As part of the Shakespeare English Exercises series, a video and connected lessons discuss the power and influence of Lady Macbeth. Designed for language learners, the activities focus on checking for understanding and common idioms and metaphors.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Analyze Lady Macbeth's lines to determine key elements of her  character 
  • Read lines from Macbeth with emotion to practice speaking skills
  • Show scenes from Kurosawa's Throne of Blood for comparison
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes details viewers may not understand if they have not read Macbeth
Pros

  • Features an actress who is not a native English speaker to make the discussion more relevant to learners
  • Includes different types of activities, such as multiple choice and fill in the blank    
Cons

  • Changes the topic between each take, which may be difficult to follow
Common Core