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- To focus on the complicated and contradictory nature of Beatrice and Benedick's relationship. All pupils will be able to define the problems that Beatrice and Benedick have, most will understand the ambiguity of their relationship and some will have considered alternative interpretations of their language.
- EN1: 3a,3b,3c
- EN2: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1g, 1h 5b, 9c
- EN3: 1e, 1g, 1h
- Much Ado About Nothing: Beatrice and Benedick worksheet
- Pages from 'Agony Aunt' columns
- Glue, scissors, paper
- Ask students for their views on marriage.
- Ask students for Beatrice and Benedick's views on marriage.
- Ensure that the language on the worksheet is understood by the students.
- Separate the quotes on the worksheet by cutting along the lines.
- In groups place the quotes from the worksheet on a horizontal line, labelled 'Negative view of marriage' at one end and 'Positive view of marriage' at the other. The quotes should be arranged in order of strength of feeling about these two labels. Place Benedick's quotes above the line and Beatrice's below.
- Discuss findings, draw conclusions as a class.
- Look at 'Agony Aunt' pages. Discuss the issues that Beatrice and Benedick have in their relationship. How might a letter from either of them be titled? Eg 'She's so mean to me!'
Write a letter from Beatrice and /or Benedick to an agony aunt and a response.