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Othello by William Shakespeare

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel
  • Plot Diagram
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Shakespeare to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Shakespeare to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Shakespeare to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

Othello by William Shakespeare

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  • Othello from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Othello

    The play’s protagonist and hero, married to Desdemona

  • Desdemona from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Desdemona

    The daughter of senator Brabanzio, married to Othello

  • Iago from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Iago

    The villain of the play, upset with Othello because he was passed up for a promotion

  • Michael Cassio from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Michael Cassio

    Othello’s lieutenant, who got the position over Iago

  • Emilia from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Emilia

    Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant

  • Roderigo from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Roderigo

    A jealous suitor of Desdemona

  • Bianca from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Bianca

    A prostitute in Cyprus

  • Brabanzio from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Brabanzio

    Venetian senator and Desdemona’s father

  • Duke of Venice from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Duke of Venice

    An official in Venice, respects Othello

  • Montano from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Montano

    The governor of Cyprus before Othello

  • Lodovico from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Lodovico

    A messenger from Venice to Cyprus

  • Graziano from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Graziano

    Accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus

  • Clown from Othello by William Shakespeare
    Clown

    Othello’s servant

Featured Props

Othello by William Shakespeare

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  • Bed
    Bed
  • Building
    Building
  • Candlestick
    Candlestick
  • Chains
    Chains
  • Handcuffs
    Handcuffs
  • Handkerchief
    Handkerchief
  • Pillow
    Pillow
  • Room
    Room
  • Room
    Room
  • Ruins
    Ruins
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Teacher Guide

Othello by William Shakespeare

Step 1Class discussion with students

Before your students read Othello, introduce them to the play by discussing the major themes:

  • Prejudice
  • Appearance vs. Reality
  • Jealousy

Ask students, “If an acquaintance came to you, saying he saw your girlfriend / boyfriend getting close with another, how would you react? Without physically seeing them together, consider the things that you would consider proof."

Create a discussion around the effects of being prejudiced... what is the outcome when we judge someone because of their skin color, gender, or sexual preference? How does that change the way people act, and the way others look at those victimized?

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after the first act, and make additions throughout the play.

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  • Make a Comic Strip, Graphic Novel, or ...
    Imagery

    Begin after Act 3, Scene 3.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the play.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel using one panel to represent each scene (15 total).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a campaign Poster, advertising Iago for lieutenant.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Iago doesn’t like Othello because he didn’t get the promotion that he wanted, but he goes far beyond that to destroy Othello’s life. What do you think his ultimate motive was?

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Pixton Activity: Othello 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Comparing and contrasting is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the play’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and antagonist help shape the outcome of the narrative. Shakespearean plays are known for their “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose four of your favorite characters from Othello and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a protagonist and a foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's attributes that are outlined in the play.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Othello 2 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Characters experiencing hallucinations are important to the plot development of Othello.

Create a 4-6 panel comic of one of the following scenes:

  • Othello at the senate, proving his claim to Desdemona (Act I, scene iii)
  • Iago getting Cassio drunk, leading to the death of Governor Montano (Act II, scene iii)
  • Iago, obtaining and plotting to plant the handkerchief (Act III, Scene iii)


See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Imagery in “Othello” by Student

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Imagery in “Cinderella” by Pixton
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Pixton Activity: Othello 3 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize Othello in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The dramatic structure is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The dramatic structure is well developed with full and accurate descriptions. The plot diagram is accurate and logical; descriptions may be brief. The dramatic structure is basic, has several errors, and lacks detail. The dramatic structure is inaccurate, and is difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (5 Act Play design) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.

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