ELA.RL.9-10.1

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RL:  Reading Standards for Literature 6-12
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 1: 
    Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text
    says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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ELA.RL.9-10.4

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • RL:  Reading Standards for Literature 6-12
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 4: 
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text,
    including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact
    of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes
    a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

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ELA.W.9-10.9a

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6â\x80\x9312
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 9a: 
    Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis,
    reflection, and research.

    a. Apply grades 9â\x80\x9310 Reading standards to literature (e.g., â\x80\x9CAnalyze how an
    author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work [e.g., how
    Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later
    author draws on a play by Shakespeare]â\x80\x9D).


    b. Apply grades 9â\x80\x9310 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., â\x80\x9CDelineate
    and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether
    the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify
    false statements and fallacious reasoningâ\x80\x9D).

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Ways into Shakespeare's Othello
Lesson Objective: Prepare for reading Othello by performing and writing verse
Grades 9-12 / ELA / Literature
ELA.RL.9-10.1 | ELA.RL.9-10.4 | ELA.W.9-10.9a

Thought starters

  1. Why do students perform lines from Othello prior to reading the play?
  2. How do the pre-reading activities help students remain engaged with the text?
  3. How is “memorable learning” encouraged?
7 Comments
Great lesson! I'm teaching Othello next year - I did a "prop" oriented lesson to intro Hamlet this year and def plan to use this to expand what I'm doing to intro Othello! Thanks!
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Excellent lesson for engaging students' curiosity about the language of Shakespeare. It inspires them to appreciate the art of creating iambic pentameter. Also, it awakens their creativity with interweaving props with plot. ~ Ashley Burns, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, SC
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Pure. Natural teaching!
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Excellent teaching. I would love to be able to do this with the props and the students who would be willing to take risks. Not sure I could pull off the complete lesson, but it's great to see students this engaged.
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I did this whole lesson for a lower skilled Grade 10 and it worked great. I am developing one for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for use with my Grade 8.
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