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Much Ado About Nothing Plot lesson plan

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KS3 Bitesize

Objectives

To familiarise students with the plot and make them aware of the changes in tone. All students will be familiar with the plot, most will recognise when there is a shift in tone, some will draw conclusions about the genre.

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National Curriculum

  • EN1: 2f, 3a, 3c
  • EN2: 1b, 1h
  • EN3: 1a, 1d, 1h, 1l, 5c

Teaching activities

Introduction

Ask the students to brainstorm titles of love songs.

Activity

  1. In groups ask the students to list the main points of the plot as they see it. Alternatively use the worksheet to be found under Genre as a class feedback and reach a consensus.
  2. Using the song title/lyrics on the plot worksheet ask students to choose the most appropriate song for each event or character. NB Some song titles could appear more than once.
  3. As a class, discuss their decisions and add any other songs they think might be appropriate. Which sorts of songs are prevalent in this exercise?

    What does this tell you about the nature of the play?
  4. Consider how the songs reflect the content. Where are the shifts in tone or levels of dramatic tension?

Homework

  • Look at Balthasar's song in Act 2, how is it relevant to the play?
  • Write the love poem that Benedick wanted to write in Act 5 scene 2.
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