Reflection: Relevance Tableau Vivant: Living Pictures in "Macbeth" - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


The lesson image is from an advertisement in The New Yorker for the television show "House of Cards." Fans of both the show and Shakespeare (and, of course, The New Yorker) will recognize Shakespearean themes in the show. Most notably, The New Yorker has compared "House of Cards" to Richard III. 

I chose the image to illustrate how very relevant Shakespeare is 450 years after his birth. If we want our students to be culturally literate, we need to teach Shakespeare's plays, and we need to do it in such a way that they develop a thirst for more. 

  Shakespeare and Popular Culture
  Relevance: Shakespeare and Popular Culture
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Tableau Vivant: Living Pictures in "Macbeth"

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

Objective: SWBAT collaborate to create and perform tableau vivant for selected lines in "Macbeth."

Big Idea: Shakespeare's language is full of imagery that translates from the page to the stage as living pictures, a.k.a. tableau vivant.

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English / Language Arts, Classics (Literature), Dramatic Arts, Macbeth, Folger Shakespeare Library, Tableau Vivant, Macbeth's Comic Songs, Shakespeare in American Life, literarture
  75 minutes
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