agenda Th/F Mar 22/3: what the word sisters know

learning goal: how does Macbeth wrestle with his thoughts? By the end of 1.3, which thoughts have won this wrestling match?


witches about the sailor and sailor’s wife

M & B ask wyrd sisters “Who are you?” and demand “Speak, answer me”

witches answer, and M & B ask “How do you know?” and “Why are you telling us this?”

Ross and Angus report M’s promotion; both M & B react to this news

Macbeth by himself: is this good news or bad news? (cf. “fair is foul and foul is fair”)




agenda T/W Mar 20/1: Poetry Day, meter

learning goal: what situations are best expressed in this meter?  what kinds of tone or mood does this meter create? (meter TBA)

Poetry Day Table of Contents: Wm. Blake, E.A. Poe; meter, syllable, stress, foot

two-sample-poems exercise

the return of the wyrd sisters (1.3)


agenda Th/M Mar 8/19: meeting Macbeth

learning goal: before Macbeth appears, we hear about him?  what do we hear, and what do you think about what we hear?  what is the dramatic effect of hearing about someone before we meet that person, especially a play’s title character?

review opening scene (1.1): tone?

next scene: meet Macbeth, the title character (1.2)

actually, we only hear about him—what do we learn about him? what specific attributes do people ascribe to him? What lines indicate these characteristics, either directly or indirectly?


Questions for today’s scenes:

 MW: what qualities are associated with women and men so far? what specific lines support your answers?

 LP: what qualities are associated with kings and leaders so far? what specific lines support your answers?

 WS: how would you characterize the wyrd sisters, based on just the opening scene? what lines make you think this?

 PC: who, if anyone, in 1.2 shows any suggestion of a conscience (that internal voice that tells us when we have done, or are considering doing, something that is morally questionable or flat-out wrong)?


agenda F/M Mar 2/5: here comes Macbeth

learning goal: where do you see tyrants, when you survey 20th and 21st century world history?

3 focus groups: relationships between L&P, M&W, P&C

first step: 20th and 21st century tyrants around the world–individual presentations of specific political leaders (choose one from this list, then write you r name on board alongside your chosen dictator)

present two images to the class–one of the person, and one representing some aspect of this person’s tyranny


user name / HIES

password / H7v32wL9

agenda W/Th Feb 28/Mar1: Poetry Day, Poetry Contests

learning goal: which of my stronger poems do I want to enter in one of this year’s poetry contests?

extra credit opportunities

book drive (3 books by Mar 8): on index card–your name, date, book titles

“Agatha Rex” (Tue, Wed Mar 6,7): incontrovertible evidence of attendance at whole play

Hafez warm-ups: listening and experimenting

poetry contests

National Student Poetry Contest (deadline Mon April 30):

HIES Contest (deadline Wed Mar 7):

time to prepare poems for one, or both, of the contests

wyrd sisters’ lines from Macbeth