Monday, February 5, 2007

All hail Macbeth!

I've added a Macbeth character poster activity I did last week with my seniors. There's also a handout on citing correctly from plays. There's a lot more I'd like to add to this page, but alas, there is only so much time.

As for the image above, I had students do a five minute freewrite. They were free to describe what they thought was going on, write about any connections they made between the image and their world, write about how the characters were feeling, etc. It sparked some creative responses, and even my more reluctant students were able to chime in.


proppspropaganda said...

I also teach Macbeth. Where did you get the visual? Can you e-mail it to me? I would like to know the poster assignment too please. I am also a high school English teacher and new blogger. I will start Macbeth next week. I am looking for new material.

Mr. B-G said...

Click on the image to download it. I did a Google image search for Macbeth and it came up, I think.

As for the poster assignment, it's posted in the link list on the right. Click on "Macbeth Character Poster Activity" to download.

Unfortunately I am unable to e-mail you because you did not include your e-mail address anywhere. If you'd like, you can e-mail me at and I will reply.


Mr. B-G

Aussie student teacher said...

I love your learning and teaching activities.

I'm a first-year teacher studying Macbeth for the first time in 15 years with my students and have found a plethora of material on your blog.

Thank you.

Mr. B-G said...

You're most welcome aussie student teacher. I'd be curious to hear about how the lessons went, and any tweaks or improvements you might have made to the materials.

rglove4ever said...

Mr B-G! Thank you for being so generous in sharing Macbeth material. I have a short-term assignment and hope my students enjoy Macbeth!

My best wishes, argie

Suz said...

I'm a newly qualified english teacher and have found your blog very helpful! Thank you for so generously sharing your resources.

Mr. B-G said...

rglove4ever - I hope your short-term teaching assignment went well! I love teaching Macbeth... the themes, the drama, the violence! It's great fun.

Suz - You're welcome. Best of luck in your new position. Don't be afraid to try new things and take chances. Sometimes you might just stumble upon something that really works.

Get feedback from your students on how things seem to be going, what they like, what they don't, what's effective, what's not, etc. You need to take some things they say with a grain of salt, but more often than not, my students are the ones who have helped me come up with some of my best assignments, be it directly or indirectly.

Enjoy the journey!

Mary Feagley said...

I'd be interested in the character assignment but my school will not let me access your document file host. Could you possibly email it to me?

Mary Feagley

~AzNCasaNova~ said...

I am a student-teacher who will be teaching Macbeth and a variety of others things. I've been trying to look at some of your handouts to get a starting idea, but it wont let me.

Is there any way around this because I am definitely interested in what you've worked on - and as a starting student teacher I want to make sure this goes well for my kids =]

Thanks in advance.

Mr. B-G said...

Hi AzNCasaNova,

Thanks for visiting! I realize the links aren't working, and am in the process of updating them. In the meantime, feel free to send me an e-mail and I can attach the handouts you're interested in.

Best of luck with your student teaching.

Mrs. Marroquin said...

I am currently teaching Macbeth but I want to make it fun. Right now the kids are struggling with the language but I also would like them to act and do something like your character poster. I also like the idea of using lyrics to a song. I clicked on your link but it doesn't work.

Carmen Marroquin

Mrs. Marroquin said...

I am teaching Macbeth for the first time ever. Is there a way that I could get your poster and lyrics assignment info?


Mr. B-G said...

Hi Carmen,

Feel free to send me an e-mail and I can attach the handouts you're interested in.

bgvocab (at) gmail (dot) com

BCCampbell said...

Hi there, I came across your site and would love to really share some ideas and resources on Macbeth. I have a dropbox account with some Macbeth resources. Could we swap perhaps?? My email is

Mr. B-G said...


Thanks for the comment. I should have my Macbeth links restored within a month. If you need something sooner, shoot me and e-mail and I'll respond with the attached files.


Mr. B-G

Allybee6811 said...

I, like others who have posted here, am a first-year teacher looking for all the help I can get for my Macbeth unit. I truly appreciate your site's helpful resources and have gained many useful ideas for my classroom here. You are a huge inspiration!

I was also wondering if you could email the poster assignment to me at I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks so much,