Introduction to Shakespeare and Othello

  • Posted on: 30 January 2020
  • By: LauraBorrowdale
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Are you a frothy dismal-dreaming dewberry? How about a bootless beetle-headed barnacle? You could have been any of those in Shakespearean England.

If you're interested in knowing more and exploring this world, then this is the course for you! We will explore Shakespeare, his world and the play Othello.

1.1 will focus on the exploring the Elizabethan world, who Shakespeare was, as well as the context of play Othello. We will read sections of this play, focusing on the relationship and manipulation between Othello and Iago.
1.2 will involve writing a creative piece based on this. This could look like a monologue, a social media exchange, a re-write or a descriptive story.

Students will have the chance to see a live performance of Othello performed by the Ugly Shakespeare company. This is a professional company who unpack Shakespeare's problematic plays and help to demystify the text.

Please be aware that Othello deals largely with race and domestic violence (Othello is a man of colour who is manipulated into killing his wife). Although these issues will not be the focus of teaching, these topics may come up during teaching.

You will need:

A willingness to read and share with a class
A sense of humour
A pen!

We will be using these objectives from the New Zealand English Curriculum to design our learning:

Reading Achievement Objectives:
Processes and strategies
-recognises and understands the connections between oral, written, and visual language
-selects and uses appropriate processing and comprehension strategies with increasing understanding and confidence

Purposes and audiences
-identifies particular points of view and recognises that texts can position a reader

-makes and supports inferences from texts with increasing independence.

-understands that the order and organisation of words, sentences, paragraphs, and images contribute to and affect meaning in a range of texts

Writing Achievements:
Purposes and audiences
-constructs texts that show an awareness of purpose and audience through deliberate choice of content, language, and text form
-conveys and sustains personal voice where appropriate.

Language features
-uses a range of oral, written, and visual features to create meaning and effect and to sustain interest

-achieves some coherence and wholeness when constructing texts
-organises and sequences ideas and information for a particular purpose or effect
-uses a variety of sentence structures, beginnings, and lengths for effect.