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Act 3

Georgia High School Performance Standard:

ELA9RL1 The student demonstrates comprehension by identifying evidence (i.e., examples of diction, imagery, point of view, figurative language, symbolism, plot events and main ideas) in a variety of texts representative of different genres (i.e., poetry, prose [short story, novel, essay, editorial, biography], and drama) and using this evidence as the basis for interpretation.


Objectives:
1. The students will obtain a knowledge of reoccurring themes, images, as well as figurative language within Act 3.
2. The students will obtain a knowledge of the characters in the play and be able to trace the changes in the characters' behavior, descriptions, etc. throughout the act and throughout the play.
3. The students will gain confidence in Shakespeare's mixing of the tragedy and the comedy.

Preparation Assignment:
Have students read Act 3.1 through 3.3 of Othello.

In Class Discussion, Othello Day 5:
RECAP --
1. What did we discuss last class?
2. What questions do you have from last class?
3. Add to character charts if need be.
SCENES 3.1 through 3.3 --
1. Go over scene notes.
2. Discussion through activity below.

In Class Activity, Othello Day 5:
Have the students get into groups of three (3) or four (4) and discuss scene 3.3.  Have the students discuss the following:
1. What is Iago doing to Othello?
2. What is Iago convincing Othello, and how is he doing it? (his language, rhetoric, etc.)
3. What is Iago using as proof?
4. How do we begin to see Othello changing?
5. Come up with a concluding sentence that sums up the this scene.
Turn this activity into a class discussion.  See how the answers vary.  Have students take notes.

Homework, Othello Day 5:
Have students read Act 3.3 and 3.4 
Let them know that they need to be working on the Student Activity Project and Final Paper.
 
In Class Discussion, Othello Day 6:
RECAP --
1. What did we discuss last class?
2. What questions do you have from last class?
3. Add to character charts if need be.
SCENE 3.3 and 3.4 --
1. Go over scene notes.
2. Discussion through activity below.

In Class Activity, Othello Day 6:
Watch this VIDEO of the 1995 Othello, Act 3, Scene 3.
Compare the video to the text.
1. What is going on in the film?
2. Do you see any of the characters differently?
3. Does it clear up your understanding of the play?
4. What kind of head-games is Iago playing with Othello?
5. Why does Othello fall for these games?
Add to the characters charts around the room.

Homework, Othello Day 6:
Read Othello, Act 4, paying close attention to Scene 4.1 and 4.3.
Let them know that they need to be working on the Student Activity Project and Final Paper.

Conclusion:
Act 3 is a turning point in the play.  It is where we see Iago do some of his best work.  By having the students discuss the changes in the characters, what is going on in the scenes, etc., it allows the students to break down the scenes and figure out what's going on easier than reading it would do.  The viewing of a film version will help put the play in perspective for the students.  It will also aid the students in class discussions because they have a visual aid (putting a face to the characters).  All of this leads to a deeper understanding of the characters (the driving forces of acton and dialogue) in the play.
Subpages (1): Scene Notes - Act 3