• Who Is Othello? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Use this video to explore who Othello is and learn about the historical figure who possibly inspired William Shakespeare to create the character. This activity is best used during or after a reading of Othello. Using video, text, a primary source document, graphic organizers, an in-class debate, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn how England in Shakespeare's time understood different cultures and explore what it means to be an outsider.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Casting Othello: Why is racism part of the play's history? | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This media gallery from Shakespeare Uncovered examines how racism has impacted Othello throughout its history and how the public has reacted to various portrayals of the title character. Students will watch video segments, answer text-dependent questions, and complete classroom activities exploring race, racism, and important historical figures.

    Grades: 9, 11-12
  • Othello with David Harewood

    Having played Othello at London's National Theatre, David Harewood returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it in this episode from Shakespeare Uncovered.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Iago: The Ultimate Villain

    This video from Shakespeare Uncovered examines the character of Iago and how he drives the plot of Othello. In this video, learn about Iago’s motivation to destroy Othello, explore why he’s a successful villain and examine the language he uses to manipulate Othello.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Othello's Vulnerability

    Othello is often thought of as a strong military man, but this video from Shakespeare Uncovered reveals the softer, more vulnerable side of the man. Students will watch video, analyze text and discuss how his emotional side set the play down its tragic path.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Handkerchief

    In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, learn about how a small piece of cloth-a handkerchief-sets the tragedy of Othello in motion. Through lies, deceit and backchannels, Iago implicates Desdemona in an adulterous affair by stealing her handkerchief and planting it with Othello’s friend Cassio.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Desdemona

    Learn about Othello's wife Desdemona in this video from Shakespeare Uncovered. Using video, text and graphic organizers, students will analyze Desdemona's point of view and how she changed throughout the course of the play.

    Grades: 9-12