Thursday, October 7, 2021

Introducing Othello Using the Dating Game

I got this idea from a website that no longer exists (or was at least down when I went back to check it).   I took the idea and tweaked it to add music and make it a presentation.  It's a freebie I'll hand to you and you can get it here:

If you are wondering how to get a soundtrack to your Google Slides, you can catch how to do that here.  For that matter, I always check the Slides before using them because the YouTube videos for music often change and need to be updated.

The idea is simple.  I merged the concepts to The Dating Game and The Bachelor to see who Desdemona will choose.

I use it to help them understand the characters before we start watching the Laurence Fishburne version of Othello.  My struggling readers really get into the movie (and isn't Shakespeare meant to be seen?), but the language can be difficult.  If they feel like they know the players ahead of time, it is a little easier to get them to buy into it just long enough for Iago to step in and hook their attention.

Her bachelors to choose from are Cassio, Othello, and Roderigo.  There can only be one winner, but ...

I wrap it up with a character list for them to fill out their notes with.  I've found it super successful in the past and hope you will get some use out of it too!


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