Curriculet is such a great resource that I’ve found to use while teaching Macbeth. Shakespeare uses so many metaphors and allusions that students don’t understand–such as the martlet on the far top and Lady Macbeth’s reference to the “sticking point” in the lower top.
With Curriculet, I can embed those images directly into the text, so students can see and understand the reference visually. Extremely handy!
Curriculet has become my go-to app for assigned reading. Instead of spending classtime reading the text with the students, explaining it, and helping them with the basic understanding, they can read it on their own here, follow my annotations, answer my reading check questions, and gain that basic level of understanding. Then I can spend class time with deeper, richer activities, such as the Institute of Play’s Socratic Smackdown that we did earlier this week.
I also love the fact that students move at their own pace. The ones who have questions I can work with one-on-one. I also link the PBS Macbeth film to the Curriculet, so students can view the film while reading the text. I love how students can see the play come alive with professional actors; seeing the film version simultaneously with the text also scaffolds their understanding.