Signing Shakespeare resources and activities for teaching Act 3 of Macbeth


Act 3 Scene 1-2: Banquo and Macbeth 

In these activities, students explore how the two old friends Banquo and Macbeth now feel about each other. Two films of soliloquies from both Banquo and Macbeth in BSL help students to explore the language and consider the changing relationship between the two characters. There is also an opportunity to further explore metaphor and optional games to support students’ visceral understanding of how Macbeth and Banquo might feel. The slide references in the exercises refer to direct image and film resources for BSL/SSE/VS. For ASL please click on the second gallery to download the ASL resources.

  • EXERCISE 1: Banquo’s hopes and fears

  • EXERCISE 2: Banquo’s footsteps (optional game)

  • EXERCISE 3: Macbeth’s hopes and fears

  • EXERCISE 4: Macbeth's Footsteps

  • EXERCISE 5: How do they really feel? (optional game)

  • EXERCISE 6: ‘O, full of scorpions is my mind’ (visual metaphors)


Download Gallery for Act 3 Scene 1-2 (BSL)

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Act 3 Scenes 3-4: Killing Banquo 

In this series of activities, students explore how Macbeth arranges the murder of his friend Banquo and is then haunted by him. Students have the opportunity to explore the perspectives of different characters as they inhabit the scenes and to examine some of the metaphorical language Shakespeare uses.  

  • EXERCISE 1: The Murder of Banquo

  • EXERCISE 2: Macbeth hears that Banquo is dead

  • EXERCISE 3: The serpent and the worm (embodying metaphors)

  • EXERCISE 4: Banquo’s Ghost

  • EXERCISE 5: ‘Blood will have blood’

  • EXERCISE 6: The Macbeths’ hopes and fears


Download Gallery for Act 3 Scene 3-4 (BSL) and (ASL)

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