Steps and Activities
Day 1: Introduce the book (wearing the witch costume, if desired) and read the story of Macbeth. After reading the story, discuss the story elements to ensure the students understand the characters, plot, setting. You may wish to discuss kings and queens in history as well in order to help students link the classic work to a historical period.
Day 2: Watch the animation. Once the animation has finished, have students discuss the difference in experience between reading the book and watching the play as it is acted out.
Day 3: Art Project Day: Have the students draw out their favorite scenes of Macbeth and write a synopsis of the scene they are describing. If you wish, you can break the story down into component parts and have students work in groups. Each group will write a section of dialogue for the part they are illustrating.
Day 4: Present the art projects or act out the play. If the students drew their individual interpretations, have them present their drawing to the class. Otherwise, have each group present their drawing and act out their parts.
Day 5: More discussion. Discuss the moral significance of the story. Ask the students whether Macbeth had a choice in his actions. You may also wish to discuss possible alternative endings.