Author:
Kristi Bose
Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson
Level:
High School
Tags:
  • Language
  • NE ELA
  • Othello
  • Shakespeare
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    Language:
    English
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    Othello Day 2--Introducing Othello Through Props and Insults

    Othello Day 2--Introducing Othello Through Props and Insults

    Overview

    Because Shakespeare’s works were meant to be performed, students will be introduced to Shakespeare’s language in general and the plot and themes specifically of Othello through props and looking at specific language use (insults, negative connotation words). This is the second day in a longer unit.

     

    This lesson was created by Kristi Bose and is designed for Grade 9 English Language Arts students. Each student will make predictions about the plot and themes of the play. 

    This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 10.1.5c, NE LA 10.1.5e, NE LA 10.1.6i and NE LA 10.1.6n.

    Day 2

    If you need an answer key to the worksheet, please email me at kristi.bose@sveagles.org.

     

    LESSON: Introducing Othello Through Props and Insults
    Standards: 10.1.6.i--Build background knowledge and activate prior knowledge to clarify text, deepen understanding, and make connections while reading complex text.10.1.6.n--Formulate and justify inferences with text evidence while previewing, reading, and analyzing literary and informational text in various formats.
    Objective:I can predict the plot and themes of Othello.
    Time:50 minutes
    Materials:Multiple plain handkerchiefs.One handkerchief with strawberries."SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS" Othello Act I, scene i https://www.owleyes.org/text/othello/read/act-i-scene-i#root-71740-8Act I, scene i worksheet https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LLF4zJvjEi3O_XZThbxgktdd6pQ-LSsYvDXsxGRBkyw/edit?usp=sharing
    Overview:Because Shakespeare’s works were meant to be performed, students will be introduced to Shakespeare’s language in general and the plot and themes specifically of Othello through props. This is the second day in a longer unit. This lesson was created by Kristi Bose and is designed for Grade 9 English Language Arts students. Each student will make predictions about the plot and themes of the play. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 10.1.5c, NE LA 10.1.5e, and NE LA 10.1.6.
    Instructions:

    Prior to class, get multiple handkerchiefs (or tissues). Divide the class into small groups. Hand out a handkerchief to each group. One group should get a handkerchief with strawberries on it. Have groups make predictions of how this prop will be used in the play. Give them 3-5 minutes to develop a story solely based on the handkerchief. In a large group, share stories. Then ask groups to show their handkerchiefs. All should have matching ones except the group with the strawberries on theirs. Have the class notice the special handkerchief. Get ideas from the class about why the one is special and how it will contribute to the overall plot. Which of the characters from the quotes yesterday will most likely be tied to the handkerchief? (10 minutes)

    Tell students that in order to experience the dramatic, exciting plot, they will need to be able to access Shakespeare’s language. In addition to the iambic pentameter from Lesson 1, there will be some words and phrases that are unfamiliar to them, but they can still be fun.  Hand out "SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS" worksheet. Have students read the first scene.  Then have them work with a partner to insert insults or have them walk around the room and insult each person they meet. (10 minutes)

    Read aloud the first half of scene one until Brabantio enters. This can either be done by the teacher using two voices, having two students who read well play the two parts or playing an audiobook such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKOH9esWmy4 (10 minutes) Have students answer the first 4 questions on the worksheet https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LLF4zJvjEi3O_XZThbxgktdd6pQ-LSsYvDXsxGRBkyw/edit?usp=sharing (10 minutes). Discuss in with the whole class.

    Read the rest of Act I, Scene i out loud.  Have students answer questions 5-8 on the worksheet. Discuss it with the whole class.

    Closure--What conflicts in Act I are relevant to life today? Give an example.

    Resources"SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS" by Lindsay Price is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    Tags:Othello, Shakespeare, Language, Racism, NE ELA