Othello: Activity Pack for AS/A Level English Literature

Set text for:
  • AQA A AS & A Level
  • AQA B AS & A Level
  • Edexcel A Level

Transport your class to the exotic and tragic world of the Renaissance Mediterranean, with comprehensive and dynamic activities on Shakespeare’s most theatrical tragedy.

Explore the play’s destructive and gripping themes, observe Shakespeare's amazing ability at characterisation, and discover the contextual factors that make Othello such a fascinating text.

Ready-to-use handouts cover the whole text, for you to mix and match to suit your class.

Activities include:
  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group tasks
  • visual, audio and kinaesthetic tasks
  • further research

Accessible for every level and linked to the AOs

Plus! Answers to all activities included.

  • Prepare Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study
  • Explore Appealing chapter-by-chapter tasks guide students through the novel, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged
  • Reflect Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas of: Characterisation • Relationships • Genre • Themes • Attitudes and values • Writer’s use of language • Form • Structure • Context • Critical reception
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7685)
'I like the activities exploring aspects of language and connections with other plays. These would be very useful as a classroom teacher.' L Prince, English Teacher and Reviewer
'The resource enhances learning via its thoroughness. The resource requires students to consider all of the major characters, all of the themes, Shakespeare’s language etc: it leaves few stones unturned! I particularly liked the extraordinarily comprehensive way the resource addresses all of the AO’s. So many resources on the market only truly address AO2 in detail, but this one is very wide ranging. The author is especially talented at exploring AO3 and hits the perfect note between simply telling students characteristics of the Renaissance, and guiding them to discover these on their own. Some of the language exercises were super too. The exercise on modal verbs really ‘nailed’ the root of Iago’s ability to deceive. I liked the colourful language that cropped up from time to time, starting off in the Intro with the reference to Romeo and Juliet being a “gateway drug”. The resource is skilled at recognizing which vocabulary words (such as misogynist) would be useful for the students to learn.' J Clarke, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer