Macbeth (High School)

September 14th-December 21st (New Style)

Available Times (EST):
Tuesdays at 3:45 PM

Price: $400US

For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail or call (215) 987-2655.

Course Description

We will be exploring the timeless play of ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, with its universal themes of ambition, power, betrayal, sin and guilt. We will be reading the play in its entirety and following the Thane of Cawdor in 11 th century Scotland as hegoes on his tragic journey to kingship, power and destruction. Students will be considering how Shakespeare’s use of language, imagery, structure and dramatization has created a work which still resonates with a modern audience. Students will be challenged to consider how Shakespeare was influenced by his own context of Jacobean England, with its religious beliefs, superstitions and the centrality of the institution of monarchy. This is an intensive and intellectually challenging course, requiring weekly study and application. Students will develop their critical analytical skills through formal essay writing and they will learn to appreciate the talent and skill of one of the masters of the English language.

Learning Objectives

1 To read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to  maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response. They should also be able to use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations 

2 To analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meaningsand effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate

3 To show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

Aimed at students from 13 years and up.

Textbooks and Other Resources

Most resources will be provided by the instructor.

Students will need to purchase and download an audio performance of Macbeth by L.A.Theatre Works:

Anticipated Assignments and Exercises

Instructional Format: A class will be held each week in real-time, using the Zoom web conferencing system. In addition, video lessons will be sent out through the week. Students will be expected to watch these lessons each week, completing any activities sent out with the video.

Students will be meeting with Father John Somers every other week to duscuss the play as it relates to Orthodox Christians. Times will be announced. 

Anticipated Weekly Schedule:
Week 1       An introduction to Shakespeare, Jacobean England, ideals of monarchy, religion, beliefs about witchcraft
Week 2       The genre of tragedy, Act 1 Scene 1
Week 3       Act 1 Scenes 2 and 5
Week 4       Act 1 Scenes 6 and 7 and the Great Chain of Being
Week 5      Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2
Week 6       Act 2 Scenes 3 and 4
Week 7       Revision of key quotations, key themes, Essay 1 preparation
Week 8       Act 3 Scenes 1 and Persuasive Writing
Week 9       Act 3 Scenes 2, 3,4
Week 10     Act 3 Scene 4 and 5 Act 4 Scene 1 and 2
Week 11     Act 4 Scene 1 and 2
Week 12     Act 4 Scene 3, Act 5 Scene 1 3, 4, 5
Week 13    Act 5 Scene 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 10 and 11
Week 14     Act 5 Scenes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Week 15 Overview of key themes, Essay 2 preparation

Anticipated Tests and Quizzes

Regular online quizzes
Homework tasks (research, oral presentations, analytical writing)
Essay 1 – 500 words (due October 2020 – 15% of the final grade)
Essay 2 – 1000 words (due December 2020 – 25% of the final grade)
Quizzes and Homework tasks: 40%
Essays: 40%
Participation / Attendance: 20%


Grading: A* – F
A* – 90%
A – 80%
B – 70%
C – 60%
D – 50%
E – 40%
F – 30%
U – below 30% (unclassified)