Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding "You Should be Women": Bearded Rhetoric in Macbeth's Weird Sisters - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context

 

As ELA teachers we begin w/ a primary document--a work of literature. One way we can bridge literary texts with informational texts is by introducing students to academic discourse via the world of scholarship that responds to the questions inherent in scholarly circles. 

Why do the weird sisters in Macbeth have beards is one such question. Rather than giving students an answer, I chose to send them on a journey of discovery by reading part of an academic expository text that answers the question. 

As the article says, we're still left with the question: 'Why do the weird sisters have beards?" Yet even w/out an answer, students have ownership in the various interpretations. That's what happens w/ great texts: We're left with more questions than we had when we began.

  T-Harmony: Literary Text and Informational Texts in the ELA Classroom
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: T-Harmony: Literary Text and Informational Texts in the ELA Classroom
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"You Should be Women": Bearded Rhetoric in Macbeth's Weird Sisters

Unit 8: Oh, Horror! Horror! Horror! "The Tragedy of Macbeth"
Lesson 4 of 13

Objective: SWBAT synthesize the various Jacobian perceptions of beards in "Macbeth."

Big Idea: "Beards forbid me to interpret" a single story.

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