Ch 6: Macbeth Lesson Plans & Essay Topics

About This Chapter

So your English lit students are lucky enough to be reading and learning about Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''. You can help your students explore more details about the play's characters, themes and more using the lesson plans and essay topics outlined in this chapter.

Macbeth Lesson Plans and Essay Topics - Chapter Summary

If you're looking for supplemental ideas you can use in your classroom to help students learn about Macbeth, refer to this chapter for essay prompts and discussion topics to expand your current lesson plans. You will find this resource filled with detailed examples of essay topics you can assign to your students to help them dig deeper into this play, with topics ranging from themes such as betrayal, loyalty and temptation to explorations of major and minor characters appearing in the play,

You'll also find essential question lessons that list discussion topics you can incorporate in the classroom to engage students and encourage classroom participation. These questions focus on such topics as themes, character traits, plot points and more.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Helps to ensure that your lesson plans adhere to common core literacy standards regarding literary analysis and reading comprehension.
  • Classroom discussion ideass: Lists various questions about Macbeth that might help students explore details beyond your traditional lesson plans.
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Provides questions and essay topics that you can assign as classroom or homework projects.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Macbeth lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific Macbeth topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Engage your students with relevant Macbeth-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

23 Lessons in Chapter 6: Macbeth Lesson Plans & Essay Topics
Macbeth as a Tragic Hero Lesson Plan

1. Macbeth as a Tragic Hero Lesson Plan

Educate your students about whether or not Macbeth is a tragic hero with this helpful lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related lesson quiz about Macbeth, and participate in a fun hands-on lesson to reinforce concepts.

Macbeth Art Project Ideas

2. Macbeth Art Project Ideas

Why should actors have all the fun? With these projects, let the artists in your class explore their own interpretations of Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''.

Macbeth Essential Questions

3. Macbeth Essential Questions

These essential questions concerning 'Macbeth' will help students discuss the concepts of the play in an open-ended, thought-provoking manner. Some questions directly address the text and others relate the themes of the play to the broader world.

Macbeth Activities for High School

4. Macbeth Activities for High School

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's ghastliest plays, loaded with violence and the supernatural. High school students should love it. Read on to discover some activities that will keep your students' interests piqued as they read the play.

Macbeth Journal Topics

5. Macbeth Journal Topics

As your students read Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth,~' having them write in journals can go a long way toward improving their comprehension. These topics will help students make better sense of the play on their own terms.

Themes in Macbeth Essay Topics

6. Themes in Macbeth Essay Topics

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is an important play filled with themes that give students plenty to think about. The essay topics in this lesson will help your students think about various themes in the play.

Appearance vs. Reality in Macbeth Essay Topics

7. Appearance vs. Reality in Macbeth Essay Topics

Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'' is one of his classic tragedies, dealing with many themes that students will find thought-provoking. This lesson offers essay topics about the contrast between appearance and reality in the play.

Free Will in Macbeth Essay Topics

8. Free Will in Macbeth Essay Topics

Shakespeare's Macbeth is a literary classic that gives students important themes to think about and discuss. This lesson offers essay topics that will help your students think and write about free will in Macbeth.

Violence in Macbeth Essay Topics

9. Violence in Macbeth Essay Topics

In many ways, ~'Macbeth~' is an extremely violent play. This lesson helps your students think about the play's violence intellectually, using essays to consider the extent to which violence interacts with other themes of the play.

Loyalty in Macbeth Essay Topics

10. Loyalty in Macbeth Essay Topics

If you are interested in helping your students deeply analyze the themes in ~'Macbeth,~' assigning good essay topics can make a big difference. This lesson focuses on essay topics related to loyalty in the play.

Temptation in Macbeth Essay Topics

11. Temptation in Macbeth Essay Topics

After students have finished reading ~'Macbeth,~' it can be helpful to assign essays that help them think through the play's key themes. This lesson offers topics related specifically to temptation in ~'Macbeth.~'

Betrayal in Macbeth Essay Topics

12. Betrayal in Macbeth Essay Topics

Betrayal is one of the most salient themes in Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth,~' driving plot and character development. This lesson provides essay topics that help your students think through betrayal in the play.

Ambition in Macbeth Essay Topics

13. Ambition in Macbeth Essay Topics

Is ambition itself good or bad? Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'' is full of ambitious characters doing great and evil deeds. This lesson offers essay topic questions for your students to better consider ambition's role in this tragic play.

Macbeth Essay Questions on Fate

14. Macbeth Essay Questions on Fate

Fate is one of the most important themes in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. This lesson gives you some essay questions that will help students consider its meaning and implications in the play.

Macbeth Essay Topics on the Conscience

15. Macbeth Essay Topics on the Conscience

Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth~' is a play with a lot of important themes. The essay topics in this lesson will help your students focus on the idea of the conscience and how it plays out for different characters in the play.

Soliloquies in Macbeth Essay Topics

16. Soliloquies in Macbeth Essay Topics

If your students are reading Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth~', you might spend some time focusing their attention on the soliloquies. This lesson offers essay topics that will help students analyze these speeches in detail.

Sleep Imagery in Macbeth Essay Topics

17. Sleep Imagery in Macbeth Essay Topics

Focusing on the sleep imagery in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' can be a unique way to help students understand the play. This lesson offers a series of essay prompts that give students different entry points for considering the play's sleep imagery.

Gender Roles in Macbeth Essay Topics

18. Gender Roles in Macbeth Essay Topics

Gender is one of the major themes in Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth.~' This lesson offers some essay topics that will help your students zero in on gender once they have finished the play.

Macbeth Essay Topics on Witches

19. Macbeth Essay Topics on Witches

The witches in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' contribute to making the play unique. These essay topics will help your students zero in on the witches and their role in relation to the rest of the play and its themes.

King Duncan in Macbeth Essay Topics

20. King Duncan in Macbeth Essay Topics

Though King Duncan plays an important role in ~'Macbeth,~' his character is less often analyzed and referenced than some of the other characters. This lesson offers essay topics that will help your students think more closely and deeply about King Duncan.

Banquo in Macbeth Essay Topics

21. Banquo in Macbeth Essay Topics

In Shakespeare's play ''Macbeth'', Banquo is a crucial character who plays a major role. Read on for some essay topics about Banquo and Macbeth's relationship and the latter's decision to have him murdered.

Minor Characters in Macbeth Essay Topics

22. Minor Characters in Macbeth Essay Topics

As we teach ~'Macbeth~', we're likely to focus on Macbeth himself and his famous wife, Lady Macbeth. This lesson offers some essay topics that will instead draw students' attention to the play's minor but still important characters.

Macbeth Pre-Reading Activities

23. Macbeth Pre-Reading Activities

Use the following activities to prepare students for the reading of Shakespeare's Macbeth. These activities are perfect for individuals or collaborative pairs, and they multiple activities can be used in conjunction with one another.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support