This editable close reading exercise features 9 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Othello (Act 1, Scene 2) with emphasis on Brabantio's hostility toward Othello. By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations and development, discern meaning from Shakespearean text, locate textual evidence in support of claims, and make active reading visible by annotating text. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment.
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This resource aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles, for it may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode Shakespeare's language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource helps prepare students for ACT reading question types.