BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

20 October 2014
Schools - Teachers

BBC Homepage

Contact Us

Schools Home > Teachers > KS3 Bitesize > English > Much Ado About Nothing - Writing Task lesson plan

Writing Task lesson plan

Print page


Writing task lesson plan

You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to access this file. BBC Webwise has a complete guide to downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat reader.

KS3 Bitesize


To consider the parallel relationships in Much Ado About Nothing and the structure of the play within an extended piece of writing. All students will express a point of view about the relationships within the play, most students will write a discursive piece using evidence form the play, some students will understand the structure of the play and evaluate the portrayal and dramatic purpose of the characters.

Bitesize English fish

National Curriculum

  • EN1: 2f, 3a, 3b
  • EN2: 1b, 1d
  • EN3: 1i, 1m, 1o, 2a


  • Much Ado About Nothing: Writing task worksheet
  • Copies of Much Ado About Nothing
  • Song lyrics: Simon and Garfunkel's 'El Condor Pasa'

Teaching activities


Consider the lyrics to 'El Condor Pasa', why would the singer rather be one thing than another?


  1. As a class feedback on introductory activity.
  2. In pairs complete the worksheet.
  3. As a class feedback on worksheet.
  4. Using the title In 'Much Ado About Nothing', I'd rather be ________________ than _______________ (Insert a pair from the worksheet).
    Work through an example as a class following the structure Introduction, a brief and relevant description of 'Much Ado' Which pair?
    Who are they?
    What happens to them?
    Where are they by the end of the play?
  5. Evidence must be presented to support analysis of character and event.
  6. The more able students should be encouraged to choose less obvious pairs for examination.


Write their version of this task.

Back to top 

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy