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.

Enhances learning via its thoroughness... Requires students to consider all of the major characters, all of the themes, Shakespeare’s language... Leaves few stones unturned!

J Clarke, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

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 say about this resource? (7685)

A diverse range of activities, covering a broad range of difficulty, so lots for teachers to choose from... Helpful in planning lessons and student could use for independent study/homeworks so useful on multiple fronts.

E Harpley, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The resource enhances learning via its thoroughness. [It] 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 AOs. 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

J Clarke, English Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I like the activities exploring aspects of language and connections with other plays. These would be very useful to a classroom teacher.

L Prince, English Teacher & Expert Reviewer