Class materials: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare 

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology 

Handouts provided by the teacher 

Apart from covering the set syllabus provided by the Edexcel examination board, the course aims at creating an appreciation and understanding of a variety of texts while developing critical thinking and analytical skills, interpretation and creativity. Through discussion and group work, students will have the opportunity to respond to the material they have read and voice their opinion using valid reasoning and developing their answers by establishing links and connections. 

Each term the students will be assessed on class work, participation, homework and 2 tests. At the end of the academic year they will also have their English Literature final exam which will be based on the material and techniques the students will have covered throughout the year. 

Time for revision and questions for homework and tests are allocated throughout the school year. 

Teaching Weeks  Description of Work  Objectives 
  1. Introduction to the course 
  1. William Shakespeare 
  • Students will understand the requirements of the exam and its format 
  • Learn about Shakespeare and the importance of his work in theatre and literature. 
2  Context surrounding ‘Macbeth’ 
  • Understand the structure of a tragedy  
  • Understand the social, historical and cultural context of the play 
  1. Macbeth’- begin reading the play in class. At the beginning students will be guided through the language, form and structure of the play. 
  1. An introduction to the assessment objectives 




  • Learn to consider the plot and make predictions 
  • Understand how characters are developed on stage and explore relationships between them 
  • How to identify key themes and consider the writer’s intentions 
  • Develop literary techniquesunderstand their importance and how to identify these in the play 
  • Understand the nature and effect of form and structure in a literary heritage text 
  • Understand the Importance of audience and their connection to the events 
  • Learn how to link the play’s context to today’s audience  
  • Enhance the students’ analytical writing skills  
  • Understand the assessment objectives 
9-11  Continue ‘Macbeth’ 

Responding to essay questions 

  • Students will learn how to approach, plan and write responses to an exam style questions 
  • Comment on the effect of form and structure 
  • Students will learn time management by practicing exam questions under timed conditions 
12-16  ‘Macbeth’ 
  • Understand the complete text along with the writer’s intentions 
  • Discuss the importance of key scenes and themes  
  • Explore the significance of particular characters in the play 
  • Students will learn how to include their personal interpretation when responding to exam style questions 
17-20  Poetry– an introduction to the unit and the Assessment Objectives  
  • Students will learn how to approach a poem 
  • Tidentify form, structure and language in a poem 
  • How to establish links and connections 
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the effects a writer wants to achieve  
  • Explain how the poet uses these to appeal to the senses 
  • The importance of personal interpretation 
21-25  Poetry- Responding to exam style questions 
  • How to structure a comparative essay 
  • Identify and explain the links between poems based on techniques, themes and ideas 
22-30  Unseen Poetry and Assessment Objectives 
  • How to approach an unseen poem 
  • Applying the skills developed while studying the anthology to unseen poems 
  • Analyzing a poem to discover the poet’s intentions 
  • Provide a personal interpretation 
  • How to respond to exam style questions