These Othello Essays Questions are meant to be used as final, culminating essay questions for an Othello unit. The questions are focused heavily on evidence-based writing (using textual evidence to support claims), which is why you will see the prompts themselves, the helpful hints for students, and the rubric all have a focus on evidence and justification as major components of these essay questions. These prompts can be used for an in-class essay or for an at-home essay as well!
The rubric that is included is extremely detailed to assist students with understanding exactly what is expected of them in each area of their essay writing in order to achieve various levels of mastery, developing, etc.
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKET:
- Teacher Instructions for Use
- Three Othello Essay Questions
- Essay Organization Outline for Students
- Transition Words for Essays
- Academic Vocabulary Suggestions
- Teacher Easy-to-Use Rubric
Below, please find one of the Othello essay questions that is included:
Much of what occurs in Othello focuses on Othello's "otherness" - the fact that he is a Moor and his racial identity. His "otherness" even creates (what become) insurmountable insecurities within Othello himself. Taking into consideration this large emphasis on Othello's race, answer the following prompt:
Based on your reading of the play, write a convincing essay debating whether or not Othello's race plays a large part in his fall from grace and his insecurities. Be sure to:
- Choose to focus your essay on whether or not Othello's race has an impact on his insecurities and the outcome of the play.
- Support your claim with specific evidence and well-developed textual justification.
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