Penguin puts out quality teacher resources and this is no exception. I like the "cultural context" and "decoding the language" sections. I also like the ideas for interdisciplinary lessons. It opens up many opportunities for collegial interaction and a community of learners.
I absolutely love this activity. The students are moving around, talking, interacting and living Shakespeare's words and ideas. The students are embracing Shakespeare's words through memorization, analysis and performance. Bravo!
I love this short article on Shakespeare's powerful use of rhetoric in Othello. The author asks a perennial question: why do we fall victim to jealousy? Othello is killed by his own monster. You could give this article out at the end of the play and ask students to agree/disagree with it or analyze the writing style.
Look at the essential questions on this site to stimulate your own thinking about Othello lessons, then skim down to the lesson plans and read the teacher's reflections about the instruction for each day. Reflective practice is extremely important for both curriculum and instruction.
The Othello Teacher Pack 2015 offers great activities for engaging students in a difficult but rewarding play. These activities are especially valuable because they are centered in theatrical practice. You will be able to get your students up and moving, reacting to characters and exploring conflicts in the play.
This is an ideal resource for all teachers because it addresses potential questions about instruction, offers lesson suggestions and includes valuable resources. There is also a list of online resources to supplement the information on this site.