February 4

AP Literature Feb. 8-12


Monday, February 8

  1. Warm-up: MCM #3 Prose
  2. Review Othello 1.1; discussthe following questions: Why do Iago, Roderigo, & Brabantio hate the man they are discussing? What reasons does Iago give for continuing to follow his master? What kind of person do you expect the man they discuss to be? How do you imagine him? Count the number of times the word Moor is used in 1.1. Can you draw any conclusions?
  3. Introduce museum research projects and select novels.

*Homework:  Complete the “Top 3 Novel Choices” survey in Schoology after researching the options for the museum project.


Learning goal(s): Develop collaboration with peers to deepen analysis and extension of a text.


Tuesday, February 9

  1. Warm-up: Creative Writing Tuesday Birthday Party
  2. Prepare & rehearse scenes for 1.2; perform if time permits.
  3. Closer—Discuss performances: We saw Othello for the first time in this scene—is he what you thought he would be? Is he respected by his associates? How do you know? What contrasts are there between the way Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio have described Othello and the way he looks and behaves when he actually appears? Do you notice basic differences in attitude between Cassio and Iago in their short conversation (1.2.60-65) following Othello’s exit? Why is Brabantio convinced that Othello must have used witchcraft on his daughter? Why does he have difficulty believing his daughter could run to Othello’s “sooty bosom’?



Learning Goal(s): Create an engaging, interactive presentation to present your findings to the class and apply a range of themes found in Othello.



Wednesday, February 10

  1. Warm-up: FRQ #3 Prose
  2. Read Act I Scene 3 Lines 1-295; compare/contrast with film adaptation, analyzing Desdemona’s character (Lesson 7: “Discussing the Senate Scene).
  3. Review Act I for word search and Iago’s bestiary
  4. Ticket-out-the-door: Review Act I; discuss how eliminating Act I might affect audience reactions to the play.

*Homework:  .


Learning goal(s): Use nonverbal, performance-related aspects of a script to influence the audience’s perception of theme.

Thursday, February 11

  1. Warm-up: Pondering Poetry Memento comparison
  2. Review Act I Scene 3:
  3. Divide into two groups; facing each other, read antiphonally Othello’s speech beginning “Her father loved me . . . “ (1.3.149-96) to end-stops (period, colon, or semicolon)
  4. Read again, with a three-person group miming as the class reads.
  5. “Ring the Changes”—several volunteers should individually read Brabantio’s parting shot (1.3.333-34) focusing on different interpretations.
  6. Close read (handout) 1.3.343-447, analyzing Iago’s persuasive & rhetorical techniques, comparing/contrasting AP Language strategies with AP Literature strategies.

*Homework:  .


Learning goal(s): Use nonverbal, performance-related aspects of a script to influence the audience’s perception of theme.



Friday, February 12

  1. Warm-up: “Fun” Friday; collaborate with research novel groups to select roles, exchange contact into, and plan a reading schedule.
  2. Introduce character objectives—Act II, Scene 1; assign parts & read through 2.1.204; discuss character objectives (what he/she wants for that scene; a goal—after each attempt to achieve it, a “beat change” occurs where he/she shifts gears to try to achieve it a different way (one also occurs when the goal is achieved, and the character creates a new goal); the “superobjective” is what he/she means to have by the end of the play.
  3. Choose five students to read 2.1.161-204 on their feet (one is Emilia, who has no lines, but is in the scene); direct
  4. ParaphraseIago’s first aside 2.1.161-170; “Ring the Changes” for Iago’s second aside 2.1.190-92
  5. Continue reading 2.1; for the conversation between Roderigo & Iago, cast one person as Roderigo & three as Iago (read “Round-Robin”/each person reads one sentence). Explain how Iago’s mind moves at three times the speed of Roderigo’s.
  6. Cast two people to take turns reading alternating sentences for Iago’s soliloquy.
  7. Discuss the opening scene of Act II: Roderigo is first astonished when Iago tells him that Desdemona is in love with Cassio. How does Iago convince him? What does Iago mean when he says of Desdemona “Now, I do love her too”? Do you believe Iago when he says, “I fear Cassio with my nightcap too”? Do you notice particular lines that add to or change the impression give so far of any character’s personality? Compare Iago’s soliloquy from Act I with this one. Has his motive changed in any way? Coleridge referred to Iago’s “motiveless malignity.” Do you agree that his malignity is fundamentally without motive?
  8. Closer: Read Act II Scene 2 (the Herald’s short scene); Why does Shakespeare include this scene? What effect does it have on the audience?

*Homework:  Read research novels.


Learning goal(s): Use the nonverbal, performance-related aspects of a script to influence the audience’s perception of theme.


Winter Break!! February 15-19



Posted February 4, 2016 by Rachael Sanford in category AP Literature

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