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Macbeth: Teacher's Resource Book
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Macbeth: Teacher's Resource Book

by Philip Page (Editor), Marilyn Petit (Editor), William Shakespeare
 

This teacher’s manual is the companion text for one in a series of Picture This! Shakespeare editions, which combine the art form of the graphic novel with written passages taken directly from Shakespeare’s texts. The manual suggests topics for classroom discussion and advises on imaginative activities that fit the classroom environment and

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This teacher’s manual is the companion text for one in a series of Picture This! Shakespeare editions, which combine the art form of the graphic novel with written passages taken directly from Shakespeare’s texts. The manual suggests topics for classroom discussion and advises on imaginative activities that fit the classroom environment and coincide with the five acts of the play.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
These books for teachers are intended for use with the companion Picture This! Shakespeare series for students. Each resource book provides introductory activities, a group of activities for each act of the play, and activities to be completed after the play. Teachers may select which activities they want to use based on the ability level of students in their class. Each activity is easily reproducible for classroom use. All activities are designed to enhance speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Some activities encompass more than one skill, and all are clearly labeled. Some exercises are designed for individual response; most encourage group interaction. The editors suggest that the level of difficulty ranges from "less challenging to advanced," although the accompanying texts seem more appropriate for students who are reading below grade level. This also appears to be true of the resource books. An Answer Key is provided for only a few of the selections. For teachers looking to impart a rudimentary knowledge of Shakespeare to their students, this series should be considered. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 1999, Barron's, 59p. illus., Ages adult.
—Anthony Pucci
Library Journal
This production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud is a superb contribution to the field of classics on cassette. The stunning performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company captures all the color and emotion of Shakespeare's eloquent tragedy of young love. With Samantha Bond as Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Judi Dench as Nurse, the play, which is set in 16th-century Verona, contains some of the most passionate dialog ever written. An excellent musical score by Patrick Doyle accompanies the actors, as well as a full array of authentic sound effects. The pounding of hooves, the chiming of church bells, and the clashing of angry swords enrich this outstanding listening experience. A 24-page booklet complete with sketches and photos of the actors, a synopsis of the play, and background information is included in the package. Highly recommended for most libraries.-Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-7--Macbeth has strong appeal for young audiences and Coville's lucid retelling captures much of it. Aided by the short, intense, and uninterrupted story line of the play, the reteller deftly weaves many of the most familiar quotes with his own dramatic narrative. In a short preface that sketches a quick history of the play's popularity, Coville invokes cultural literacy as one of his missions. Despite this heavy burden, he carries off the telling with grace. Kelley's dark, evocative pastels reflect and intensify the ominous mood. Glowering hillsides, gloomy interiors, the handsome and doomed Macbeths, and truly ghastly witches create a mood worthy of the play. The only unfortunate image is the weak-chinned Macbeth reacting to Banquo's ghost with a look more comic than horrified. Darkness prevails until the final painting of light morning skies over the hills. Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud choice. While not avoiding the horrors in the story, the reteller does not dwell on the goriest moments, letting the worst, such as the slaughtering of Macduff's children, happen offstage. The accurate depiction of the story will give older students or casual playgoers a good quick review. If it doesn't end up lost among the picture books, this retelling could have many uses.--Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
Booknews
Directors Welles, Nunn, and Polanski, and actors Garrick, Siddons, Olivier, and McKellen, are among those mentioned in an analysis of stage and screen productions of Macbeth. After a brief survey of earlier productions, focuses on the 20th century. Includes a few stills and drawings. distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764131417
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Picture This! Shakespeare
Edition description:
Teacher's Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)

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This book is written in Spanish. Macbeth es una de las grandes tragedias de William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Macbeth, el gran general del ejército del rey de Escocia, regresa victorioso después de una campaña de apaciguamiento cuando sucumbe a la tentación del poder. Desde entonces un mundo tenebroso y mágico, de apariciones y desconfianzas, sembrará de crímenes la pacífica vida de los escoceses hasta que Macbeth muere como habían viticinado las brujas.

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