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A Teacher's Guide for Othello (and The Merchant of Venice)

This Teacher's Guide refers to both Othello (original airdate: January 28, 2002) and The Merchant of Venice, (original airdate: October 8, 2001).

Teaching The Merchant of Venice and Othello
This introductory section explores the importance of teaching these two plays in the classroom, teaching strategies, viewing suggestions, and a brief summary of how to use the guide.

The Merchant of Venice: Plot Summary
This plot summary of the play can be used with students before viewing or as a helpful reference afterwards.

Before Viewing
These exercises will help prepare students for viewing the film.

Othello: Plot Summary
This plot summary of the play can be used with students before viewing or as a helpful reference afterwards.

Essay: Adapting Shakespeare
This essay discusses the timeliness of Shakespeare's themes, as well as the pros and cons of adapting his work, on stage and on screen.

Adapting Shakespeare: Activities and Investigations
These exercises help students examine the issues raised in the essay Adapting Shakespeare, as well as general questions concerning adaptations.

Essay: On Race and Religion
This essay explores the controversial portrayal of race and religion in The Merchant of Venice and Othello.

On Race and Religion: Activities and Investigations
These exercises invite students to investigate the issues discussed in the essay On Race and Religion, as well as additional questions regarding stereotypes.

The Filmmaker's Vision
This section asks students to look at the various techniques and choices used in making the films.

Resources
Visit this annotated list of Shakespeare-related Web sites to find resources for both teachers and students, a selected bibliography, and a brief film history.

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Off-Air Taping Rights
Educators may tape The Merchant of Venice and Othello and use them in the classroom for one year after broadcast.



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