Ways into Shakespeare's Othello

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Literature
CCSS: ELA.RL.9-10.1 ELA.RL.9-10.4 ELA.W.9-10.9a

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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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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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

W

Writing Standards 6–12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

9a

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

a. Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze 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]”).

b. Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate 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 reasoning”).

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Lesson Objective
Prepare for reading Othello by performing and writing verse
Length
27 min
Questions to Consider
Why do students perform lines from Othello prior to reading the play?
How do the pre-reading activities help students remain engaged with the text?
How is “memorable learning” encouraged?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.9-10.1, ELA.RL.9-10.4, ELA.W.9-10.9a

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Ways into Shakespeare's Othello

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Literature

Ways into Shakespeare's Othello