If you could teach any of Shakespeare's plays, which would it be? Deborah Gascon would teach Othello as the timliest and ripest play for classroom discussion.
With Othello, students "realize that Shakespeare is timely, is about today, and not something that happened four hundred years ago that doesn't apply to their lives..."
Shakespeare's plays relate to our own lives in many ways - we still feel anger, jealousy, and love, and still see situations of bullying, manipulation, and revenge. How can your students relate to Shakespeare's characters, and what sort of discussions can this lead to?