Macbeth Act III Activities

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Students progressing through Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' will pause to reflect on each act. The activities offered here guide your students through deep reflection on the action in Act 3. Students will work collaboratively and independently.

Act 3 of Macbeth

Shakespeare's work is full of intrigue and humor. Sometimes underlying meaning can be difficult to access due to the language used. The activities offered here will assist your high school students in reflecting on the action in Act 3 of Shakespeare's Macbeth

It is assumed that students have read Macbeth through Act 3, but not beyond, before participating in these activities.

Translation Please

This activity will allow students to focus on translating the language used in Shakespeare's work into more modern day, accessible language.


  • Copies of the play


  • Divide your class into small groups or pairs.
  • Either assign groups a scene or allow groups to choose their own scene to translate.
  • Instruct your students to work together to write out a modern day translation for the scene. They should:
    • Translate the words in the scene using today's language.
    • Translate the actions/scenery/props to make more sense in today's world.
      • For example, Banquo and Fleance would most likely use a car instead of horses to get around today.
    • Allow your students to write in free verse or manuscript style (their finished product does not need to be a play script).
  • Allow time for the groups to share their translated scenes with each other.


  • This activity can be completed independently.

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