October Newsletter

English 3 Ms. Genord

What We Are Reading: Macbeth

Plot Summary:
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and manipulated to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.


"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent undern't"

"Stars hide your fires; let not light see your black and deep desires"

What We Have Been Doing:

Modernization Project:
Students worked on modernizing a scene of Macbeth from Act 3 with a group of peers. After working through Shakespeare's language, student put on performances of their scenes and peer taught a series of comprehension questions about their scene.

Character Analysis Prompts: Students have completed 3 writing assignments that asked them to examine and analyze character's and their progression in the play. Students label characters as dynamic or static and explain how their motivations have affected the progression of the play.


Act Quizzes: Students have taken a 3 quizzes over the play of Macbeth. The quizzes have challenged students to prove comprehension of plot points, analyze character traits, and decode/recall quotes from the play.

In-Class Essay:
Students completed character analysis paragraphs for homework leading up to this assignment. This essay was the final assessment for Macbeth. Students were asked to write 3-5 paragraphs comparing and contrasting the characters of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth while making an argument about which character is more responsible for the murder of King Duncan. Students were able to complete pre-writing exercises and use them on their in-class writing!

What's Coming Up:

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge- A short story that fits the theme of fate and free will. We will discuss how the main character from the Civil War could have changed or avoided his fate.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God- This is a short story about the rigid religious norm of Puritans. We will discuss their beliefs about fate and free will.

Fate and Free Will Poems- I have selected a series of poems about fate and free will that we will read and relate to the other works in the unit!

At the end of the month, we will begin our second unit on the theme of Identity.