We love using Progeny Press for our literature study guides so we were excited to receive the Macbeth E-Guide to review. The Macbeth E-Guide is an Interactive Study Guide written for grade levels 9-12. With the interactive files, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress. The interactive file does not automatically grade the student’s work, teacher’s still grade their work right on the computer and can leave comments or notes within the file. You may also print off the study guide, purchase of the study guide entitles an individual teacher to reproduce pages for use in the classroom or home. Multiple teachers may not reproduce pages from the same study guide. I usually purchase the booklets, so I printed out the study guide for my girls.
Like all Progeny Press study guides, the Macbeth E-Guide includes:
· A concise synopsis of the book
· Information about the author
· Background information pertinent to the story
· Suggestions for pre-reading activities
· Vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
· Literary analysis and terminology questions designed to give students a good understanding of writing technique and how to use it
· Critical analysis questions designed to help students consider and analyze the intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues in the play and weigh them with reference to scripture
· A complete answer key and suggestions for further reading
Macbeth is a classic tragedy by William Shakespeare. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of madness and death.
Macbeth, also known as The Tragedy of Macbeth, is thought to have been first performed in 1606. It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays that Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.
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