Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Othello Unit – AP/H. English IV

Othello and Shakespearean sonnets – 2 weeks

How does Shakespeare use figurative language to explore the tragic hero?

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exposition, Machiavellian characters, Tragic Hero, Tragedy, Foil, Soliloquy, Monologue, anagnorisis, Archetype, Poetic Device, Irony, Imagery, Theme, Foreshadowing, Iambic Pentameter, and Formalist and Structuralism literary theory.

Students will research historical background on Othello including definitions of a tragedy and tragic hero as well as historical background, discuss Shakespearean drama and its classical models, take notes on Formalist and Structuralism literary theory, study a Shakespearean play focusing on the tragic figure, complete short in-class writing assignments to show their understanding of the text, annotate the text, read Shakespearean sonnets, create their own sonnet using standard conventions of a Shakespearean sonnet, write a timed essay on the text analyzing Othello as a tragic hero, and take a test on Othello.

*Prior to Day One students will have been given the King Lear Research handout and done the preliminary research

Introduction of Othello Historical Research handout   

–          Tragedy and Tragic Hero

–          Renaissance Values

–          Background on Othello

–          Vocab-

  • Machiavelli
  • Tragic Hero
  • Tragedy
  • Foil
  • Soliloquy
  • Monologue
  • Anagnorisis
  • Archetype
  • Poetic Device
  • Hubris
  • Irony
  • Imagery
  • Theme
  • Foreshadowing
  • Motif

PACING:

Day One – Anticipation Guide, Powerpoint Intro to Othello, and begin research project

HW: Work on research handout

Day Two – Finish reasearch handout

HW: Read Act I

Day Three – Notes on Formalist and Structuralism literary theory and Shakespeare’s Othello Act I Scene analysis

HW: Read Act II

Day Four – Discuss Act II; Shakespearean sonnets.  Students create their own sonnet.

HW: Read Act III

Day Five – Discuss Act III; Share and grade Shakespearean sonnets

HW: Read Act IV

Day Six – Othello Scene cuts

HW: Read Act V

Day Seven – Finish scene cuts

Day Eight – Literary theories in Othello handout

Day Nine – Othello essay

Day Ten – Othello test

 

Handouts:

Othello PowerPoint

anticipation_guide

Othello-Introduction-and-Research 1

no fear shakespeare othello

Literary Theory Chart

Othello and Literary Theory

archaic_word_translation_sheet

Othello Questions

Othello Act I Group Questions

Othello scene cut

An Introduction to Sonnets

Analyzing a Sonnet

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Writing Your Own Shakespearean Sonnet

 

 

Shakespeare’s King Lear Unit – AP/H. English IV

*Prior to Day One students will have been given the King Lear Research handout and done the preliminary research

Introduction of King Lear Historical Research handout   King Lear Introduction and Research

–          Tragedy and Tragic Hero

–          Renaissance Values

–          Background on King Lear

–          Vocab-

  • Machiavelli
  • Tragic Hero
  • Tragedy
  • Foil
  • Soliloquy
  • Monologue
  • Anagnorisis
  • Archetype
  • Poetic Device
  • Hubris
  • Irony
  • Imagery
  • Theme
  • Foreshadowing
  • Motif

King Lear Introduction and Research

Handouts and Assignments:

King Lear Lesson Plans

 

 

One Reply to “Shakespeare”

  1. Thank you for posting. I am stepping in for our lead teacher who is taking a sabbatical in the spring semester, and I will be teaching AP English. I’ve taught for 15 years but this will be my first stab at AP and I’m a bit nervous. I’m beginning the semester with Othello. While I love the play, this is the first time I am developing a unit on it, and your materials are giving me some great ideas. Thanks so much.

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