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Artemis Guide to Teaching the Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Shakespeare's great tragedy has never been easier.

 

Contents of the Guide

 

 

Teacher's Guide

 

Study Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Suggested Teaching Plan

4

Sources

3

Othello on Film

5

Othello on Stage

4

Plot Summary

6

Introducing the Characters

5

Scene-by-scene Commentary

7

Keep a Log

6

Questions to Help Clarify the Plot

18

Questions to Help Clarify the Plot

7

Questions To Further Understanding

22

Plot 2: Understanding the Implications

9

Shakespeare's Craftsmanship

29

Shakespeare's Craftsmanship

11

Close Reading: Othello's Soliloquy

34

Close Reading: Othello's Soliloquy

12

Features of Shakespearean Tragedy

35

Features of Shakespearean Tragedy

13

Plot Structure Notes

37

Tragedy According to Aristotle

14

Tragedy According to Aristotle

38

Structure 2

15

Structure 2

39

Dramatic Irony

16

Dramatic Irony

42

Shakespeare's Language

17

Shakespeare's Language

44

Setting Notes

19

Patterns of Imagery

50

Characterisation Tasks

21

Allusions and Symbolism

56

Character Questions

22

Character Questions

57

Themes

23

Character Notes

60

Exploring Issues in Depth

24

Themes

73

Quizzes

25

Exploring Issues in Depth

79

Quotations Test

30

Quiz Answers

87

Context Test

31

Sample Essays

90

Worksheets

 

Bibliography

93

Study Record

33

Structure Worksheet

94

Easy Plot Summary

34

 

 

Features of Shakespearean Tragedy

35

 

 

Dramatic Irony

36

 

 

Character Charts

37

 

 

Theme: Jealousy

42

 

 

Structure Worksheet

 

44

Extras on the CD:

Glossary of Literary Terms; Presentation of Essays; Shakespeare's Language and 'Reconsidering Soliloquies'; three pages of character quotations for cut and paste onto the worksheets provided;
a picture of the Moorish Ambassador to Elizabeth's court; map of the Mediterranean; worksheets for two of the included tests; a student essay; and the full text of the play.

 

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