So, I've been a substitute teacher for 5 years and one of my assignments was 6 weeks where I had 2 sections of AP Composition. (as an aside, one of my students writes better as an 11th grader than I did in college ) The school was so desperate for a long-term sub, I got to pick my curriculum, to an extent, so I opted for Othello ( along with Death of a Salesman, which they had already started ). The class didn't enjoy it. Since then I have been in many classes where one of The Bard's plays was the subject matter ( Caesar or R & J ), and my experience is that most of the teachers allowed the kids to read the No Fear version -- by itself. I've stupidly tried to convince students that Shakespeare is the best craftsman that English Lit has ever seen, but they think I'm a lunatic. I'm curious as to anyone else's experience in this area.