Per 6 Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes!

Essential Questionsmacbeth3_1783052b

1. How are the themes in the play Macbeth related to our contemporary culture and lives?

2.  Are we a product of nature, nurture or both?

3.  Can we achieve what we want without sacrificing who we are?

4.  How do we deal with an imperfect world?

5.  What does it mean to be a man?  What does it mean to be a woman?

What you should be able to do as a result of this unit…

  • Identify and support themes within the play
  • Relate the themes of the play to contemporary times and issues
  • Understand and explain the use of Shakespeare’s language related to theme

Final Assignment

  • A thoroughly contemporary adaptation

Thursday 5/10

NPG 2561; Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait') by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Intro to Renaissance England & Sonnets

What is a sonnet?
Spenser, Sidney, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets
How to Read a Sonnet

Paraphrasing Spenser’s “Sonnet 1” together

Fri 5/11
Groups working with their own sonnet

  • Spenser “Sonnet 35”
  • Spenser “Sonnet 75”
  • Sidney “Sonnet 31”
  • Sidney “Sonnet 39”

Presentations on Poems

HW: Personal Journey Essay due Monday

Mon 5/14
Writing Our Own Sonnets

  • Sonnets about love (no pets!)

Extra Credit–Write your sonnet in iambic pentameter!

HW:  Finish sonnet

Tues 5/15

Wed 5/16
Revising the Op-ed and working on the Adobe Spark

Thurs 5/17
Writing the sonnet explication

Revising the Op-ed and working on the Adobe Spark

Fri 5/18
Revising the Op-ed and working on the Adobe Spark

HW: Adobe Spark Op-ed due Monday

Mon 5/21
Intro to Macbeth

  • Take the Macbeth character quiz
  • Read the character overviews and themes
  • Improvisation-Each group will receive a scenario that they will need to create a short skit for.
    • Push back the desks!
    • Practice your skit.  You have 4 minutes!
    • Perform for the class
    • Discuss
      • What were the different decisions made?
      • What were the different moods of the scenes?

HW:  Journal entry:  Has there ever been a time in your life when someone told you something improbable would happen and it did?  Did the fact that the event was “predicted” cause you to behave differently than you would have otherwise and make it more likely for the event to occur?  Or did the event simply occur without any assistance from you?

If not, have you ever wanted an event to occur very badly and it did?  Do you think that you caused that event to happen in some way or did the event just simply happen?

Be descriptive!

Tues 5/22
Warm ups and overview to our approach

Reading 1.1

  • Each person reads a line, going around the room
  • Listening to rhythm and understanding the Witches’ prophecy

Reading 1.2

  • Understanding content and tone
  • Walking and talking it out

Wed 5/23
Warm Up

  •  Watch this video on Shakespeare’s language
    • What bloody man is that?  How can he report, as seemeth by his plight, of the revolt of the newest state?
  • Summarize what he’s saying here.  Each take a turn saying as naturally as possible.  What difference do you notice from the first read through?

Pick up with 1.2.

  • Need volunteers for Malcolm, Lennox, Ross, and Duncan
  • Read through once all the way through
  • Second read through:  summarize what each character is saying

Take out your journals: We’ve read 2 scenes so far and have heard about Macbeth but have yet to meet the man.  What have people said about him so far?  Who are you expecting to meet?  What will he look like?  Act like?  Use the text to support your ideas.  What word choice is important in understanding Macbeth?

Thurs 5/24
Reading 1.3

  • How do Macbeth and Banquo each feel about the Witches’ predictions?
  • What is their relationship?
  • What’s your impression of Duncan?
  • How does Macbeth feel now that Malcolm has been named prince of Cumberland?

HW:  Journal Response:  Who is a modern-day figure you believe relates to Macbeth’s character from what we’ve read so far?  Describe who s/he  is and how s/he relates to Macbeth.  Cut out or print a picture of your Macbeth for our casting wall.

Fri 5/25
Portfolio Assignment

Finish reading 1.3 and 1.4

HW: Choose pieces for portfolio and fill out revision plan

Mon 5/28
No School – Memorial Day

Tues 5/29
Portfolio Revision Day

Wed 5/30

Thurs 5/31
Portfolio Revision Day

Review of Writer’s Reflection

HW: Printed out copy of outline for Writer’s Reflection

Fri 6/1
Writer’s Reflection and submit portfolio

Mon 6/4
Reviewing the prophecy

Finish reading 1.3 and 1.4

Tues 6/5

Reading 1.5

  • What type of woman is Lady Macbeth?
  • Describe M & LM’s relationship
  • In lines 4-11, Banquo talks about a martlet (a common bird seen as a symbol of good luck).  What bird does Lady Macbeth say “croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements (1.5.46)?  What is that bird a symbol of?  What is the irony (the unexpected)?
  • If Lady Macbeth told Macbeth to “act like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it” then what is her tone in lines 18-24?  How is she acting toward Duncan?

HW: Reading and answering questions about 1.6 & 1.7

Wed 6/6
Annotating Act 1 Scene 5 for aspects of performance.   Be sure to provide information on all areas.

Aspects of Performance

  • Reviewing connotation & denotation, stressing stress, inflection, and non-verbal communication
  • How do these techniques change the meaning and understanding of the text?

HW:  Reading Act 2 and answering questions

Wed 6/6
Promptbook Assignment for Act 2

HW:  Complete your role sheets for tomorrow’s rehearsal day

Thurs 6/7

Fri 6/8
Performances & Turn in promptbooks

Final Assignment

Mon 6/11

In class work day on final assignment


Tues 6/12


Wed 6/13

In class work day on final assignment

Thurs 6/14

In class work day on final assignment

HW:  Gather all materials to turn in on the day of the final

Fri 6/18
Performing the final!

HW:  Have a great summer!

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