Meeting The Cast of Characters: Othello Act I (Day 2 of 2)

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Objective

SWBAT demonstrate their ability to evaluate a speaker's point of view by viewing a performance of Othello, Act I.

Big Idea

Hearing a speaker's perspective and seeing his body language adds a new depth to interpreting Shakespeare.

A Shift in Plans

Today is going to be a ridiculously short day of instruction. We have our fall lockdown drill, which means that our already short Wednesday periods will be even shorter. We typically give the students a passing period in the middle of the block. We will skip that and SSR today so that we can have 25 full minutes for Shakespeare.

Viewing Day: Othello Act 1 scenes 2 and 3

25 minutes

To answer my concern about keeping up, but also allowing my students to continue their high level analysis of the text, (and to accommodate a really short/strange schedule), I will have the students watch the scenes 2 and 3 of Othello Act 1.

I have lots of different options to chose from for this viewing, but I am going to use the most traditional version of the play that I have. This is the Globe Theater's version of the play. This version will allow for a couple of different teaching points. First, because it is being performed in the Globe Theater, they can see what the set up of the stage would have looked like in Shakespeare's time. Second, it allows us to talk about how an actor or actress chooses to represent their ideas.

As the standard I am trying to meet today deals with evaluating a particular speaker's point of view (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3), I am going to especially call attention to Iago's tone and characterization. The actor in this particular version plays him in a very sardonic way and I am hoping that the students will pick up on his contempt for Roderigo and Othello based on his body language and intonation.