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Othello Reading and Discussing Shakespeare: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
Star Educator
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(899)
In this 5-week class, students will read and discuss Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice #academic

Class experience

US Grade 11 - 12
Week One: Act 1 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Two: Act 2 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Three: Act 3 Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3 is longer and will be broken down into 2 separate readings: 
1) Start Scene 3, stopping at line 318 (Enter Desdemona and Emilia)
2) Read to the end of the Scene 3
Scene 4
Week Four: Act 4 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Five: Act 5 (Scenes 1-2) Scene 2 is longer and will be broken down into 2 separate readings: 
1) Start Scene 2, stopping at line 203 (Enter Montano, Gratiano, and Iago)
2) Read to the end of the Scene 2
I have a Master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. I also currently teach English Composition for universities in my home state. I have been blessed to discuss Shakespeare in the classroom multiple times, including my own high school reading experience! My high school English teacher was obsessed with Shakespeare and taught me the importance of understanding these often tragic plays. I learned a lot from her enthusiasm and hope to pass that passion on to my own students. I have read this play multiple times, but I learn something new every time I am exposed to this story. It is an excellent book to dissect and discuss how racism, fear, jealously, and hatred ultimately lead to violence. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions and feelings Shakespeare's writings stir up for them.
Homework Offered
Students will read one act a week on their own time in. Each act contains 2-4 scenes. Each week, students will have access to 3-4 new videos and a corresponding worksheet with vocabulary definitions, discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There is a weekly Kahoot and supplemental daily activities (for days with no video) like an I Spy game, riddles and interactive questions to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing. Please let me know if a grade is required.
Grades Offered
The students will need their own copy of Othello to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the writing assignments. I use a well-annotated edition that explains difficult words and constructions in class, but students may want an annotated edition for their own reading as well. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
From commonsensemedia.org: Parents need to know that Othello is a Black man in white Venice. Whenever characters such as Iago feel jealousy, fear, or simple hatred toward Othello, they vent their feelings by using racist slurs. For much of the play, Othello resists, ignores, or seems indifferent to the racism that dogs him. But eventually he internalizes Iago’s and others’ idea that his Blackness makes him barbarous. This belief, as much as his conviction of Desdemona’s guilt, allows Othello to kill his wife. 
Like many typical Shakespeare plays, characters smoke, drink, use drugs, and are brutally murdered. 
Star Educator
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(899)
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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weekly or $75 for 5 weeks
5 weeks

Completed by 1 learner
No live video meetings
Ages: 16-18

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