This product includes a 10 minute video presentation on the theme of race in Othello entitled 'Otherness'. The talk deals with the setting of the play in Venice initially and a little of the history of the tensions between the Ottoman Empire and Europe. Slides provide maps of the area and images of Venice. There is discussion of Othello's possible origins and the contrast between a man of his background with the men of Venice. A 'think-pair-share' activity is provided to compare Othello with an ordinary man of Venice as represented by Shakespeare in the play. Students in pairs receive two cards. One deals with Othello and the other with an ordinary Venetian gentleman. Each card has 8 callouts with headings. Learners must provide as much information on each topic as they can, based on their knowledge of the play. A feedback session will consolidate their knowledge of Othello's outsider status thus providing more insight into the important strategic advantage this offers Iago as he works to bring about Othello's destruction. A checklist is provided for each card with suggestions for the headings.
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