Starter: Using your iPads, give me three facts about William Shakespeare.
Extension: When was Macbeth written? Who was the monarch – King/Queen at the time?
Learning Focus: I will research the context of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
- I MUST be able to explain the context (background) of Macbeth.
- I SHOULD be able to give a detailed account about the attitude toward witches at the time.
- I COULD refer to specific historical events that might have meant the play had a more powerful effect on audiences at the time.
1) Find a picture of King James 1. 2) What was the attitude towards witches at the time Shakespeare was writing? 3) How did King James 1 feel about witches? Give one interesting fact about King James and witches. 4) Where is Macbeth set? 5) Why do you think Macbeth would have written this play?
Extension: a) What is the ‘divine right of Kings’? b) What is a ‘Shakespearean Tragedy’?
Key Words: Shakespeare; witches (not ‘whiches’ or ‘wichs’); superstition.
Reflection: Describe the background during which Macbeth was written.