Trouble in Venice - Super Characterization in Othello
Trouble in Venice is a 5 part assignment I designed to work alongside "Othello" that asks students to prove their characterization skills before creating super versions of characters from the play and finally their own hero. The various parts of the assignment have an overarching story. This assignment doesn't include rubrics since everybody has different standards.
Part 1 - Learning the Ropes
Using movie trailers or texts students will analyze the duality of a superhero. This introduces students to the idea of identifying character traits in a familiar way.
Part 2 - Interview with a Superhero
Using online superhero databases students will be able to explore a vast array of heroes differing in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. This section requires student to dig deep to identify conflicts and character traits as well as analyze how character traits impact others.
Part 3 - Agent in Training
This section includes 4 scenarios relating to Othello and/or superheroes to give student the opportunity to make predictions and analyze how character traits impact plot and conflict. Each scenario is accompanied by unique questions. Students are asked to analyze multiple perspectives and to consider multiple outcomes. *Scenarios deal with Othello related themes: rumors, relationships and impressions.
Part 4 - Trouble in Venice
This section asks students to consider events and characters from Othello and apply super powers to the situation. Students will be asked to consider alternatives to Othello's conflicts due to the hyperbolic representation of a character's inner and/or outer self. Asks students to create visual and non linguistic representations.
Part 5 - Suit Up
The final assignment in the project asks students to create their own hero. The assignment is similar to Part 2's interview. Students should create a visual representation such as a model, comic, or collage to represent their character.
At the end of the document are some extra analysis questions and a possible outline for a character description.