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When reading Othello, students may be drawn to the issue of race because our society still grapples with this issue today. But to focus just on ace will keep readers from exploring the other issues in the play which, along with race, help to make Othello one of the most powerful dramas to study. To see how the many issues in the play are interrelated, the class will divide into groups and focus on one aspect of the play. They will then share their findings, looking for relationships between issues. Students will learn to analyze a piece of literature by looking at it from one perspective and then by re-evaluating what they have discovered when other layers of meaning are added. This resource is part of the English Language Arts collection.


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Drama/Dramatics
  • Educational Technology > General
  • Educational Technology > Using Multimedia & the Internet
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-07-24.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This rich resource on Othello is highly integrated with technology. Students are asked to investigate issues in Shakespeare’s Othello and use a class wiki and blog to report their findings. After a complete reading of Othello, students use social bookmarking, youtube, webpage creation, internet resources about themes in Othello, and video to enhance their understanding of this play. An audio or video presentation is the final project for this unit and a rubric to guide its creation and for grading purposes is attached. Areas evaluated are: research/content, planning/storyboard, communication of understanding, technical quality of video (editing, transitions, lighting, composition, audio) and overall use of technology to present findings.
James Martingano
March 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this lesson plan because it used multiple facets of technology. The class wiki idea was a meaningful attribute of learning in that it was a cooperative means to have the class work as a group to report everything they had studied about the issues in Shakespeare's Othello. The level of integration for this lesson is definitely "infusion" because the lesson requires a number of different technologies to be in play. Another level of technology that I feel was reached was "adaptation" because the teacher did not give instruction on which technology to specifically use, but the use of technology was a center focus during the lesson.

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