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Y11 Macbeth – lessons from Oct 3rd

Masculinity Here are some of the slides we’ll be using: This week, we’ll be looking at masculinity in the play. What is it to be a man? We’ll also be looking at act 3 scene 2 and how this is another pivotal moment in the play: when the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begins… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – lessons from Oct 3rd

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Pyramid of Understanding

There’s a lot of twittering at the moment about lesson planning, over-planning, and convoluted ways of doing simple things. Some of the best I’ve read remind us of the transience of ‘new initiatives’ and the damage these cause to those of us (and I’m one of them) who feel their best is never good enough. As… Continue reading Pyramid of Understanding

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Y11 Macbeth – How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as a dominant force in act 1 scene 7?

First of all here’s the task I set you: You can’t cover anything so try and decide what are the main points you want to convey in your response. We made some fantastic points in class about how Lady Macbeth takes on the archetypal female role of temptress in this scene which links her to… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth as a dominant force in act 1 scene 7?

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Y11 Macbeth – students’ work

A few super responses to recent tasks: the first is a lovely Manga inspired potted version of the play from Ellie – it looks amazing: Here are a couple of responses to act 1 scene 3. I’m excited by the word level analysis that my students are producing, but they’re also getting those deep thematic… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – students’ work

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Y11 Macbeth – Act 2 Scene 2 AO grid

Analysis task: How does Shakespeare create tension throughout Act 2 Scene 2? You should write about: How the scene begins and how the characters talk to each other How Shakespeare reveals Macbeth’s state of mind How Lady Macbeth takes control of the situation and what this shows about her character How Shakespeare uses the off-stage knocking… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – Act 2 Scene 2 AO grid

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Y11 Macbeth – some thoughts on a few deeper issues

I’ve been reading Harold Bloom’s The Invention of the Human – a massive book in which Bloom suggests that Shakespeare practically invented human nature. I’ve selected some statements that Bloom makes about the play. These statements (most of them anyway) might be used in the classroom as ‘provocative statements’ – give them to small groups… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – some thoughts on a few deeper issues

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Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

(Warning – contains plot spoilers!) The pervasive influence of the church over a colonising force whose land-lust is based on the belief that their right is ordained by God, and that authority and might are synonymous with power, has more than a passing resonance to the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry V. And yet, having… Continue reading Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)