Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)

Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
Othello Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 2)
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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.

More specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Analyzing the phrase "He comes to bad intent" for meaning.
  • Analyzing the phrase "Come, sir, I am for you" for meaning and synthesizing it with knowledge of Iago's characterization.
  • Analyzing text for meaning: why Othello claims that Brabantio is worthy of respect.
  • Analyzing text to determine character motivations (why Brabantio thinks Othello is a thief).
  • Analyzing text to isolate true statements from unfounded statements.
  • Locating textual evidence and annotating text to make comprehension visible: identifying all references to supernatural forces and all indications of Brabantio's prejudiced mentality.
  • Paraphrasing dialogue.

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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.

This product is available in a massively discounted bundle, which offers access to Google Document versions of more than 400 high school English materials.

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Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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