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Macbeth: Reading and Discussing Shakespeare: Flexible Schedule

In this 5-week class, students will read and discuss Shakespeare's tragic Scottish play, Macbeth #academic
Janelle Fila
895 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 5 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Week One: Act 1 (Scenes 1-7)
Week Two: Act 2 (Scenes 1-4) 
Week Three: Act 3 (Scenes 1-6)
Week Four: Act 4 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Five: Act 5 (Scenes 1-8) Short scenes will be combined to fit the entire act into one week's reading
I have a Master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. I have been blessed to discuss Shakespeare in the classroom multiple times, including my own high school reading experience! My high school English teacher was obsessed with Shakespeare and taught me the importance of understanding these often tragic plays. I learned a lot from her enthusiasm and hope to pass that passion on to my own students. I have read this play 
multiple times, but I learn something new every time I am exposed to this story. It is an excellent book to discuss because there is so much language and subtext to analyze. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions and feelings Shakespeare's writings stir up for them.
Students will read one act a week on their own time in. Each act contains 3-8 scenes. Each week, students will have access to 3-7 new videos and a corresponding worksheet with vocabulary definitions, discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There is a weekly Kahoot and supplemental daily activities (for days with no video) like an I Spy game, riddles and interactive questions to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters. 
The students will need their own copy of Macbeth to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the writing assignments. I use a well-annotated edition that explains difficult words and constructions in class, but students may want an annotated edition for their own reading as well.
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The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing. Please let me know if a grade is required. 
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
From commonsensemedia.org: Parents need to know violence is the biggest issue, with knives, stabbing, sword fighting, blood, a beheading, and the murder of a woman and children, as well as some spooky imagery involving the witches. Other than that, "damn" and "hell" are used, and there's some fairly innocent Shakespeare-style sexual innuendo. Minor characters appear drunk, and there's some background drinking.


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
895 total reviews
795 completed classes

About Me

I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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