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ERIC Number: ED459465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
A Teacher's Guide for "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello."
WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.; Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.
William Shakespeare has influenced most, if not all, Western playwrights. His techniques, themes, characters, and plots are contained in much of what is produced today, from television to Broadway. This teacher's guide provides summaries of the plays "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello," essays, and corresponding student activities. The summaries can be used to introduce students to the plays before they watch the films, as well as for reference after viewing. The essays will help students gain background information and put the plays into context. The first essay, "Adapting Shakespeare," explores the timelessness of Shakespeare's themes, as well as the pros and cons of adapting his works, and the accompanying activities help students compare and contrast the adaptations. The second essay, "On Race and Religion," examines the portrayal of these controversies in the "Merchant of Venice" and "Othello," and the activities invite students to examine these issues further. The final section, "The Filmmaker's Vision," asks students to investigate the cinematic techniques and choices used in making the films. The guide suggests that these two plays offer excellent possibilities for team teaching in literature, history, social studies, and media studies. (NKA) books. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.; Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.