by Helen McKinder
Macbeth is a great Shakespearean play and text choice for GCSE Literature. We know that good-quality online materials are valuable and time-saving resources, but finding them can be time-consuming! So we’ve scoured the web for some top links to save you time and help you and your students get the most out of the play.
1. York Notes Teachers’ pages
To kick off our Top 10 Macbeth resources, look no further than our York Notes Teachers’ pages where you’ll find a range of free materials, including our popular Intro Packs, ideal for Years 9 through to 11.
The TES has a wide range of teacher resources, from lesson plans, schemes of work to a modern language version of the play for you to use with your students.
3. The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company has some fantastic teaching ideas and lesson-planning inspiration that will really help your students engage with the text.
4. The British Library
The British Library has a very useful free pack to share with your students on Macbeth, which offers a wealth of ideas for the play, its contexts and its criticisms.
5. Shakespeare’s Globe
Check out the website of Shakespeare’s Globe for six lessons plans to help your students engage with the themes and ideas at the heart of the text, including deception, ambition, and guilt.
6. Professor Jonathan Bate interview
In an interview recorded for ‘A Golden Age’, Professor Jonathan Bate speaks about Shakespeare and his life, works, audiences and studies. Useful for all those studying Macbeth.
7. Macbeth film adaptations
There have been many interpretations of Macbeth, and the most recent film version stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. What do you and your students think about this version?
8. Macbeth on Broadway
Sir Patrick Stewart played the infamous role of Macbeth on Broadway in 2014. In this interview, he discusses what attracted him to the role of Macbeth, his character’s descent into darkness, and much more!
9. Exam boards
Whichever exam board you’re with for Macbeth, you’ll find useful resources on their website for you and your students. We’ve collated some links to past papers for quick access!
10. Digital Study Guide
Look no further than our unique interactive Digital Study Guide for Macbeth to support your students through their course and assessments, in class and at home. Featuring videos, quizzes, revision cards and much more!
Did you know that there’s a York Notes on Macbeth for every stage of your students’ course? The Study Guide, Workbook, Practice Tests and Rapid Revision cards are all available now!