A week or so ago, I read an article about how making predictions leads to a deeper understanding. I decided to take advantage of this idea and my love of Leap Day (must do something epic) to create a Macbeth Dinner Party Murder Mystery with my students! The goal of the lesson was to introduce Macbeth, create a shared experience, and to allow the students to make predictions about the plot of Macbeth. The activity itself was inspired by my enjoyment of the Final Fantasy series and if I had the talent, I would love to make this a mini-internet game.
Prior to the day, some students were assigned to be characters from Macbeth. While they were allowed to use their scripts (below), the goal was they they were familiar with their part. I should say that my students this class are College Prep Level 2 students, meaning that there is a range of English Language Learners and students who need extra time processing information.
When students came into the classroom that day, they were told to mingle with the characters and take notes on what they have to say (as well as eat the snacks that my cooperating teacher and I provided). I should, actually, have created a graphic organizer to keep track of all of the information that students were receiving.
Overall, students seemed to enjoy learning about the different characters and enjoyed the death scene that Duncan put on. When all was done, we discussed what the students had learned from their discussions.
Now, here is where I link back to the article mentioned up top! After debriefing, students made predictions as to what was going to happen in Macbeth. Their predictions were pretty interesting and since they are displayed prominently in my classroom, we will revisit them often.
A few of the predictions:
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