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To consider the characterisation in the play. All students will understand the principal traits of the characters from the play, most will be able to give evidence from the play to prove these traits, some will understand the self deception inherent in the characters.
- EN1: 1b 2f 3a,3b 3e
- EN2: 1a, 1b, 1h
- EN3: 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h
- Much Ado About Nothing: Genre worksheet
- Copies of Much Ado About Nothing
- Paper plates
- Coloured pens/pencils
- Split the class in to groups of three or four, ask each group to brain storm the personality traits of one major character in Much Ado About Nothing.
- List the adjectives on the board.
- Read Act 2, scene 1.
- Offer evidence form this scene to prove the adjectives on the board.
- Decide which traits are the most important.
- Fill in the worksheet.
- Allot a character from the play to each student and ask them to decide on a mask the character could wear to demonstrate something important about their personality.
Display the masks and ask the class to guess which characters they are for.
Write a design brief for the costumes of a character at different points of the play, justifying their decisions with evidence from the text.