Honors 11: Introduction to Shakespeare and Macbeth

Today, we had a lot to do. We started by turning in a rubric for the Gatsby definition essay with our name on it as well as the type of feedback we wanted. We also turned in our Gatsby chapter questions and film clip notes stapled together in a packet. We then turned in our Gatsby books and picked up a Macbeth book.

We then distributed the Macbeth unit calendar and discussed the unit’s objectives and major projects and assignments. Next, we answered these questions regarding Shakespeare’s life. Here’s more detailed notes on Will and on the Globe Theatre. Feel free to take this virtual tour should you be interested. Attached is also more information about Shakespeare’s writing style.

Homework: Read and annotate as needed Jorge Luis Borges’, Argentine short story writer, essayist, poet, etc., short story “Shakespeare’s Memory.” No response is required. Have questions ready for discussion.

We will look at Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland tomorrow as the basis for Shakespeare’s Macbeth‘s historical context. Here’s some interesting reading about James I and his position on witchcraft.


About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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