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“O” is an awesome movie to help students today relate to Shakespeare’s Othello!
Before my students read William Shakespeare’s Othello, we watch the modern adaptation which stars the well-known Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett.
Students enjoy the movie and are able to really connect with the story line. While all my students are still shocked at the ending, they really like the plausibility of the events.
What I love is that the movie helps my students to really understand Othello! Throughout the unit, students will make comparisons that help them to comprehend the play.
I only show this at the beginning of the unit for my standard students. For my honor students, I show this at the end of the unit so extend their understanding a bit further and help them make modern life connections to the play.
Students even write a comparison essay to analyze the motive and outcome of both Hugo and Iagos schemes!