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lesson 27
1 hour

Comparing Film Interpretations


In this lesson students review how both Kurosawa’s hero and Rupert Goold’s Macbeth interact with supernatural powers, exploring the significance of how directorial choices emphasize different elements of a drama. After a brief review of transitional words and phrases, domain-specific vocabulary, and using a formal style, students revise short writing pieces from previous lessons to practice using these writing skills. Students then participate in a film discussion of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s film production of Macbeth and Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood. The lesson concludes as students use the revised writing pieces, as well as notes from the film discussion and earlier lessons, as the basis for a new Quick Write that requires students to analyze the interactions between the main characters and the Witch(es) in Kurosawa’s adaptation and the Royal Shakespeare’s 2011 version of Macbeth.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 26. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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