from Spark Notes

No Fear Shakespeare Macbeth 
Can be used for accommodations within the classroom or with younger students


The Tragedy of Macbeth  
LibriVox recording; audio download


From BBC:

Ages of English timeline

From Dr. Wheeler at Carson-Newman College:

Addresses questions concerning the authorship of Shakespeare's plays


Huge collection of resources for subscribers (keep poking around; there is much that is free). 
Check out: "Cloze with a twist", which addresses "the textual problems posed by the complicated publishing process of [Shakespeare's] plays,"  and "Plot: Sequencing with a twist".

From Brandeis University:

First Folio
Check out a first folio copy of The Tragedie of Macbeth

Excerpt from Aristotle's Poetics:

From and Xavier Charter School:

Macbeth Murder Mystery” (ppt) 
Great introductory activity. Who killed Macbeth? Students make an initial decision based on a suspect list, then defend or change their position as they read the play. 
Macbeth Murder Mystery: Suspects
Macbeth Murder Mystery: Evidence sheet

For fun:

"The Macbeth Murder Mystery"
By James Thurber. First appeared in The New Yorker magazine (October 2, 1937).

On-line texts


Hypertext includes explanatory notes and analysis

From Google Books:

No, not a typo; includes introduction and notes
Macbeth: A Warning Against Superstition
Comments on Macbeth as a cautionary tale

From Project Gutenberg:

Unit content
From The Hawaii Theatre:

Historical context, themes, trivia

From Cummings Study Guides:

"Influence of Seneca", "Witchcraft and Superstition", "The Real Banquo"; examples of alliteration, anaphora, hyperbole, irony, metaphor, paradox
Witches' brew (A4s1)
Glossary of ingredients found in the witches' brew


Each ppt introduces an act and/or scenes from Macbeth. Can pick and choose content according to your own approach to the reading.

Macbeth Act 1, scene 1 
Macbeth Act 1, scene 3
Macbeth Act 1, scene 4 
Macbeth Act 1, scene 6
Macbeth Act 2, scene 1 
Macbeth Act 2, scene 2
Macbeth Act 2, scene 3
Macbeth Act 3, scene 1 
Macbeth Act 3, scene 2
Macbeth Act 4, scene 1 
Macbeth Act 4, scene 3
Macbeth Act 5, scene 1

Macbeth Act 3 cloze exercise
"Commenting on Language" 


Macbeth Act 4 to end
Finishing the Scottish Play in style (ppt)

Practice Reviews

From Ms. Sheffield at Earlham High School in Earlham, IA:

Macbeth Jeopardy
Test review (ppt)

From Xavier Charter School:

Macbeth review
Quote review of play (ppt)


Macbeth summary
Worksheet using quote cards

From T. Lanning:

Practice questions
Multiple choice



Download "full-size" images here

From the Royal Shakespeare Company:

You are invited to use these images to compare productions of Macbeth


From YouTube:

Trailer for the Royal Opera House production of Macbeth by Verdi (for those of you so inclined, you can watch the whole 2 hr 25 min production of and Italian production Verdi's Macbeth opera here--bad resolution, but nice music and fun sets)
Opening of Orson Welles' 1948 film adaptation of Macbeth

Macbeth Act 1, Scene 7: "I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none."
Ian McKellen , Judi Dench
Sean Connery, Zoe Caldwell
Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan 

Macbeth Act 2, Scene 1: "Is this a dagger which I see before me?"

Macbeth Act 3, Scene 1: "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren scepter in my grip."
Brian Davies. Shot at Caernarfon Castle, North Wales.
Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4: "Never shake thy gory locks at me!"
Banquet scene from Antonio Bibalo opera. Great take on the the set.
Yikes. But some kids love it.

Macbeth Act 4, Scene 2: "What had he done, to make him fly the land?"
BBC 1979 TV production (Nicol Williamson): clip runs over into Scene 3

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 1: "Out damn'd spot!"
Japanese interpretation (1957) -- Skip the commercial at the end
Analyzing Text Through Performance -- comparison of four performances (heads up: minimal nudity and minimal dress respectively in Roman Polanski and Rupert Goold scenes) 

Superstition: It's not Macbeth; it's the Scottish Play
In this BBC comedy Blackadder clip, Blackadder has fun mentioning Macbeth to two superstitious actors.

From PBS:

Watch the entire Rupert Goold modern film adaptation of Macbeth starring Sir Patrick Stewart. Not for the fainthearted; beware gory scenes. 
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