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Othello: Examining Ourselves and Others

Shakespeare Is About Today


If you could teach any of Shakespeare's plays, which would it be? These five teachers choose 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..." says Deborah Gascon.


Meanwhile, Cicily Coney and Abby Hope look forward to sharing a noble main character that their students can see themselves in, and learn from. Katie Chaput and Crystal Zanders are excited to explore different relationships between genders, races, and power-figures within the play.


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?

















Teach Deborah Gascon's shared teaching module for Othello, "Stop, Look and Listen: The Images Behind Shakespeare's Words," developed with Darren McGarvey and Sarah Lanterman.


Teach Cicily Coney's Othello teaching module "Insider/Outsider: The Power of Language."

Solomon Alexander Hart. Othello and Iago. Engraving, late 19th century.

Teacher Resources

Study Guide: Othello

Teaching Othello Resources from Folger Education

Othello: Insider's Guide

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