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Teaching Othello with Castle Learning

January 22, 2019

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Jeff Hersh


William Shakespeare's plays may have been written over 400 years ago, but the themes, characters, and lessons found in the plays are still relevant today. Shakespeare tapped into the psychology of human beings and explored stories in both genres of Tragedy and Comedy. Othello is one of the most taught Shakespeare works. It is considered one of the greatest tragedies in all of literature.


The play explores the story of a powerful general of the Venetian army named Othello. His life and marriage to Desdemona are put to the test due to his feelings of jealousy from schemes planted by a soldier named Lago, who suffers from his own jealousy and hatred of Othello. The play encompasses themes and ideas such as racial prejudice, manipulation and jealousy, all of which students can find mirrored in works of art, literature, film and current society.  


With Castle Learning, teachers can access 215 questions about Othello. Teachers will find a combination of question types available to assess comprehension of the play including multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and constructed/extended response.


Questions are broken down into sections by acts, and there’s also a study app available for purchase for students to continue their study of the play.


Teachers can use the content in any way that helps them teach the play. They can even input their own questions, allowing complete control over how they guide students to explore and create meaning from the text.


Prepare students for computer based testing.




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