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Macbeth: Overview

Year 10 English : Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT] Literacy [VCELY]

Source: Macbeth and the witches (Romney, 1785). From Act IV, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Level 1 resource"The play is the shortest of Shakespeare’s tragedies.... It chronicles Macbeth’s seizing of power and subsequent destruction, both his rise and his fall the result of blind ambition." (Britannica, 2018)

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings
  • How language conveys meaning.
  • How the themes apply within a historical and modern context.
Essential Questions
  1. Shakespearean language,
  2. Views and values of the text,
  3. Themes of the text.

Macbeth | Overview: Study Guides

Level 1 resourceArticles

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Macbeth | Overview: Online resources

Level 2 resourceWeb sites

Macbeth | Overview: Easy Reads

Level 1 resourceTo view the eBooks off campus follow the link. If prompted, sign in with your School mConnect user name and password.

Level 2 resource

Macbeth | Overview: Audio books

Level 1Audio booksDon't forget to use your OverDrive Sora app to download and listen to these audiobooks offline. See the Kerferd Library Sora help page for details. These Sora audio books can be reserved by teachers for book assignments.

Macbeth | Overview: Curriculum Alignment

Content: Reading and Viewing
  • Language: Text structure and organisation - Compare the purposes, text structures and language features of traditional and contemporary texts in different media (VCELA458)
  • Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Evaluate the impact on audiences of different choices in the representation of still and moving images (VCELA459)
  • Literature: Literature and context - Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts (VCELT460)
  • Literature: Responding to literature - Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (VCELT461), Evaluate the social, moral and ethical positions represented in texts (VCELT462)
  • Literature: Examining literature - Identify, explain and discuss how narrative viewpoint, structure, characterisation and devices including analogy and satire shape different interpretations and responses to a text (VCELT463), Analyse and evaluate text structures and language features of literary texts and make relevant thematic and intertextual connections with other texts (VCELT464)
  • Literacy: Texts in context - Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (VCELY466)
  • Literacy: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating - Identify and analyse implicit or explicit values, beliefs and assumptions in texts and how these are influenced by purposes and likely audiences (VCELY467)
Content: Writing
  • Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Refine vocabulary choices to discriminate between shades of meaning, with deliberate attention to the effect on audiences (VCELA474)
Content: Speaking and Listening
  • Literature: Responding to literature - Reflect on, extend, endorse or refute others’ interpretations of and responses to literature (VCELT484)
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