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lesson 3
1 hour

Lady Macbeth is Anything But


In this lesson, students read and analyze Macbeth Act 1.5, in which Lady Macbeth begins to consider murdering Duncan after receiving a letter from her husband about his encounter with the Witches. Students pay particular attention to Shakespeare’s choice to use a letter and soliloquies in this scene to develop the character of Lady Macbeth. As students contemplate Lady Macbeth’s character, they note her ambition and her active role in the events of the play. Students participate in jigsaw and discussion activities.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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