Reflection: Accountability The Line's the Thing: Othello Act IV Line Performances - Section 3: Othello Acts I-IV Review/Discussion


We ended up using the Cliffnotes video today...and it was great! The students were able to laugh at the silliness and I think it helped to solidify their interpretations of the play so far and gave me a platform to emphasize some of the dichotomies they've been tracing as they relate to the images/themes in the video.

There are some that might balk at the idea of using tools such as Cliffnotes or Sparknotes with students. I find them to be a helpful resource if used in conjunction with other scaffolding tools, but I also know that their existence requires me to be creative in how I hold my students accountable to what they are reading in class. I have to be careful to design assessments that require critical thinking and application of learning.

Summaries and paraphrases of the play are available everywhere...if I really want to know that my students have met the standards and are able to do something with the Shakespeare they read, I have to make sure that I am actually asking them to do something with the Shakespeare they are reading.

  Accountability: Cliffnotes
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The Line's the Thing: Othello Act IV Line Performances

Unit 6: Literary: Thematic Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT show their command of spoken language by performing key passages of Othello, Act IV.

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