My classes are held in 100-minute block sessions every other day. The activities in this lesson take about 30 minutes to complete.
The lesson below outlines Day Seven of Macbeth. We examine central ideas in the text through student responses on polleverywhere and distinguish between text and clip versions of the play.
Since we are at a pivotal point in the Macbeth, I use polleverywhere to find out students' opinions on three questions that portray some of the central ideas in the play:
We view a short clip of the witches showing Macbeth the apparitions in "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (Polanski, 1971); I give students background by letting them know that there are approximately 30 witches in this scene and that the witches make Macbeth drink a cup of the mixture in the cauldron. We start viewing the clip after the witches have led Macbeth to the cauldron.
Students list the differences between the text and the clip as a ticket out (Student Work: Text v. Clip); students confer with a partner; then we debrief as a class. Students point out that repeated practice evaluating multiple interpretations of the source text helps them become more proficient in confirming their interpretations of it.