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Prereading Exercises for Macbeth
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- Break your students into groups of three or four. Present each group with one of the scenes below. It is not necessary that each group have a unique prompt. The improvisational format will enable different interpretations.
- Give each group about fifteen minutes to share ideas. They need not write down lines or try to memorize lines. Also, they should be encouraged to speak in their natural voices rather than affecting a Shakespearean tone. Have each group perform their improvisation before the class. (Allow some time for nervous giggling!)
- Scene: Night
- Characters: A warrior, three witches
- Improv: Alone in the woods one night, an older warrior comes upon three witches. Each witch delivers a prophecy about his future.
- Scene: The interior of a home
- Characters: A man, his wife, a king, two sons
- Improv: A man and his wife plot to murder the king and assume the throne. The king and his sons arrive at their home in the midst of their planning.
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Acting improvisations are a fun way to ease students into a Shakespeare play. Here are two for Macbeth.