Provide the class with a box of random props and have them act out scenes from the book. This will ensure that they are familiar with the significant scenes of the book.
Art in Multiple Mediums
Create a piece of art in any medium that portrays one of the basic themes of the book. Have different groups do different themes, and then have the class view and discuss all of the different works.
Letter From Home
Write a letter from Desdemona to a friend back at home in Venice, maybe even her father. Have the students read their letters.
Write an extended screenplay for one of your favorite scenes. Make sure students are prepared to act it out in class.
Hold a party with Italian food, decorations, and clothing. Have the students bring something that enriches their knowledge...
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