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An Interactive Guide to Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

Paul H. The Shakespearean Student
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Using self-paced online activities, and a helpful handout, your child(ren) will learn the plot and characters of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” and will also explore the turbulent times Shakespeare lived through when he wrote it.

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Plot Of Macbeth
This Lesson will detail the events of the play, along with the major characters.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Jacobean England
Delve into the time and place where Shakespeare wrote “Macbeth," including the life of Shakespeare's patron, King James I.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
The Curse Of "Macbeth"
The plot of "Macbeth" centers around supernatural evil- ghosts, witches, prophecies, and visions. The play is so full of these elements that for centuries, people have believed that the play is literally CURSED.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Acting Shakespeare
For 400 years actors have interpreted the character of Macbeth in interesting and creative ways. Learn how actors like Ian McKellen, Patrick Steward, and myself have made the character our own.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Digital Escape Room
Test your knowledge of the plot, characters, and themes of "Macbeth" with this digital quiz in the form of an escape room!
This class is taught in English.
  • Students will learn the major characters and plot points of the play "Macbeth," by William Shakespeare, and a series of vocabulary terms related to theater and English: Vocabulary Covered: -iambic pentameter -soliloquy -dramatic irony -tragic flaw -tragedy -monologue -foreshadowing -aside -comic relief
A short cheat sheet will be provided to help the student know what to do in case they have trouble navigating the escape room, etc.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will interact with a Nearpod which will have within it embedded videos from Youtube and websites such as Scratch, the digital Escape Room using Google Slides and Google Sites. The student does not need to set up any kind of account.

The play "Macbeth" does reference child murder and the occult. The content of the class is PG with only moderate scary images, but nevertheless, be advised that this play may not be appropriate for children under 13. Although this class tells objective historical facts about the witch trials of the 17th century, at no point are occult rituals quoted and at no point is any religious practice endorsed.
For the Digital Escape Room, I will use Scratch, Nearpod, Youtube, Google Sites, and the official website for the Tower of London: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/history-and-stories/guy-fawkes-and-the-gunpowder-plot/#gs.mfvyx
Joined April, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Music or Theatre or Arts
Master's Degree in Music or Theatre or Arts
I specialize in Shakespeare and Astronomy, having worked in theater for over 10 years, and for two years as a professional astronomy assistant. I teach courses in Shakespeare Appreciation and Shakespearean acting, as well as basic astronomy for... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $13 for all content
5 pre-recorded lessons
5 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 4 learners
Ages: 13-18

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