How can you help your high school students read and understand Shakespeare without online summaries, shortcuts, or frustration? This 31-slide PowerPoint is a scene-by-scene, line-by-line guide to Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. The guide can be used during class read-alouds or readers' theaters, or can be shared with students to assist them with independent reading. Includes talking points on rhetoric and the Aristotelian persuasive appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) and an anticipatory activity that will keep students wondering and engaged as they delve into the play. Questions for each scene help students find and understand the most important lines and plot elements without getting overwhelmed by the language.
I've used this guide for years with my 11th-grade classes, ranging from collaborative classes with students with learning and reading disabilities to college preparatory and Honors classes. You can add, edit, and remove material to suit your students' needs. This guide is essentially my lesson plan for the five-week unit; it's indispensable.