OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality

OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
OTHELLO Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality
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Grab students' attention by focussing on the universal themes in Othello.
-----RACISM XENOPHOBIA SUSPICION SEXUALITY JEALOUSY-----
OTHELLO-Introduction to Characters and Themes with Focus on Universality


One of the biggest challenges to nurturing students’ love of Shakespeare is making it relevant.

This introduction to Othello offers students the background they need to understand and appreciate the play, while focusing on the universality of Shakespeare’s themes allowing kids to apply them to their own world.

Page 1
Students complete a graphic organizer defining terms reflecting prominent themes: jealousy, racism, xenophobia, sexuality, and suspicion. They also define tragedy.

Page 2
Beginning with jealousy, students read a detail definition. Provided is a dissection of the definition with references to Iago’s jealousy and Othello’s. What follows is brief discussion of the irony in Iago’s not recognizing that his own jealousy can destroy him. A reflection component prompts kids to think about their own jealousies.

Page 3
Students are provided with information about racism and interracial relationships throughout history. They are prompted to list and discuss some celebrity relationships or interracial relationships in movies and on TV. They then answer questions about our society’s response to such relationships. Afterwards they discuss whether Othello is a racist play.

Page 4
A term that may be new to students, xenophobia, is a topic/theme from Othello that kids should understand. Provided is information about xenophobia in our society: what it is, why it is, what can be done to eliminate it. Students are prompted to look for evidence of xenophobia in Othello. A reflection component prompts students to recognize xenophobia in their lives.

Page 5
Sexuality. Students read information about the stereotype of the black male being dangerous and lascivious. Information spans from early accusations around the time of slavery through Dylann Roof’s comments during his mass shooting in 2015, and a study by the APA about people’s perceptions of black males in 2017. Students are prompted to note evidence of Othello’s libido level being stronger than his love level, and other important observations about sexuality in the play.

Page 6
This is a fun activity for students to explore suspicion through music. Students choose a song from a list provided and discuss the theme of suspicion by completing a few questions. This is a great activity to do in class together. The reflection component compels kids to think of appropriate reactions to suspicion.

Page 7
This page is a chart listing the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy. The chart provides the element i.e. tragic hero, then a definition. A third blank column prompts kids to identify the elements as we discuss the play. Reflection has students recall other literature,TV, or movies that would fall into the category of tragedy.

Page 8 is a character chart that directs students to provide a character trait and illustrative quote for each character.

Pages 9 and 10 are teacher notes and strategies for each page and activity and some suggested responses.

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