Each group is responsible for maintaining a wiki page with continued additions supporting your topic.Wiki Pages will be organized by Fonts, Font Sizes, and Bullets - it is up to each group to create its own page.
Wiki additions should include:
1) Web pages
2) News Articles
3) Blog Posts
4) RSS Feeds
5) Pictures
6) Videos
7) Podcasts and Radio Programs
8) Corresponding Criticism

For each new link, put a small summary of the content along with a small analysis on how it works with your topic. Remember to look for links that support your ideas - they do not have to always be specifically about Othello.

Along with the main page, each group will create discussion questions based upon their topic that others will respond to.

Grading: Each group wiki grade will consist of the following: 1) Overall wiki page organization - 10 points 2) At least 10 new appropriate links - 20 points (link, summary, and analysis) 3) Wiki Discussion Question - 5 points

Individual Wiki Work will consist of your discussion response. You need to have multiple postings to one discussion question from another group by the due dates. The goal is to create online discussions for the various topics. A complete wiki discussion response will earn you 20 points.

Second Wiki Page Group Assignment (Due Thursday 11/13)

This time, your group needs to work with the criticism you find about your topic.
  • Copy and post 5 passages/quotes from the research you have found. For each one, write a small paragraph analyzing the criticism for the value and depth it adds to your focus. At the bottom of the small paragraph, include the appropriate MLA citation.
  • FInd five more interesting links for your topic with a small analysis for each.
  • Create an original discussion question that focuses on one of the criticisms you have found.


What you will need to accomplish:
Turn in a group lesson folder with the following in it. For all groups, this folder is due on Monday 11/24

Lesson Plan Rules:
  • Everyone in the group must have a vocal role
  • You must make use of your wikispace
  • You must make use of the text of Othello
  • You must create a handout for the students to use to help them organize your content
  • You must focus on your topic and share interesting and unique knowledge

Lesson Dates
  • Tuesday 11/25
  • Monday 12/1 - Friday 12/5



Socratic Seminar Questions

  • How does this play compare with other Shakespearen plays you have read (or know about)? Similarities and Differences?
  • How does Othello view himself? What quotes prove this? What issues might that cause as the play moves forward? What else do we know about Othello (his desires, abilities...)? How is he made to be an 'Other'?
  • How come Iago is able to move through the play as he does? What makes him so special that he can play both sides? What keeps the other characters from catching on, like Cassio and Rodrigo? (Why do others follow him blindly?) Use this video to help you.

  • How does Shakespeare clue the reader into important words and events? (Look at the Duke's words in the middle of 1.3 and look at the start of 2.1) What do those clues help us understand? On the same theme, why might the location change be important to the plot?
  • Will Iago run through the play unscathed? Will his plans work out for him, or will he be discovered?
  • If this is a tragedy, where is the tragedy?
  • How are women viewed so far in the play?
  • Iago spends much time discussing his plans with us, the reader. For example, he says to us, "And what's he then that says I play the villain?" (2.3.239). Why does Shakespeare employ this tactic in his play? Is Iago more likeable because of it?

  • How are we shown Othello’s change of character in 4.1? (Besides what he does)
  • Does Othello regain his nobility at the end of the play? Does Shakespeare want him to have it? How does he is shown to regain some of his old form?
  • Are you satisified with the play’s ending? What lines lend you to your opiniong?
  • Where is the irony in Othello’s description as he prepares to kill Desdemona?
  • How does Othello fall into the trap of becoming the “other” that people think of him? Look in 4.1 for examples.
  • Why is Rodrigo in the play? What purpose does he serve? Is he a believable character? Use specifics.
  • The language in Othello is quite strong and makes this play one of his most controversial. What pent up aggressions is Shakespeare hiding, or what is he trying to show? Use specifics.
  • How are the women different from each other? Are their effects on Othello different? Use specifics. (Think of Emilia and Desdemona at the end of the play)
  • What time periods do you think would have the most trouble in reading this play?
  • Iago. Iago. Iago. Is the tragedy his? Are we watching the downfall of an intelligent man in Iago or watching the dealings of jealous fool in Othello?
  • We said before that characters besides Iago don't know themselves, which is why Iago can work so well. At the end of the play, do they know themselves? Use specifics.