Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Moral (and Literal) Geography of Othello - Section 6: Wrap up and Next Steps


This did not go the way that I thought it was going to. Another teacher had done the activity earlier in the week and it went just like we planned it would go. When I got to it, I wanted to add the integrated mapping component, but that little change REALLY confused the kids. Finally, I told them to cut the drawing portion of the assignment and asked them to just look for clues or indications about Shakespeare's methods/strategies.

My students are really good sports. They grapple with complex texts all the time. When they really can't figure it out, it is usually my fault, not theirs. To fix this, I need to change the instructions or go back to the simple activity I had originally planned.

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The Moral (and Literal) Geography of Othello

Unit 5: Literary: Study of Character Development in Shakespeare's Othello
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their ability to participate effectively in partner discussions that determine the authorial choice about text structure by completing moral maps of Othello.

Big Idea: The contrasting geography of the play is one (of many) keys to understanding Shakespeare's purpose for writing Othello.

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