Lesson Plans from GREAT PERFORMANCES: “MacBeth”

MacBethPerhaps you’ve sat in the television audience of Great Performances, now in its 38th season on PBS, for the best in the performing arts from across America and around the world.  To also give students the best seats in the house for its roster of international artists and performing arts companies, Great Performances provides educator resources for its portfolio of opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

Just one example from its educator’s menu by title, genre, grade level and full A-Z list is the MacBeth Education Guide for last fall’s acclaimed production.  This activity-based analysis of the play is illustrated by various lesson plans and before-and-after activities to assist educators in utilizing the PBS broadcast in the classroom.

From the Great Performances Web site you’ll also find the complete film for viewing online  (also available at video.pbs.org).  This version of MacBeth is also available through the WGBY Video Lending Library – borrow it for classroom use free of charge.  Visit the Video Lending Library website and search for “MacBeth.”  If you need assistance, contact Bernie Michaels (413-781-2801) and reference the video ID – 2063.

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