Daily Lessons for Teaching Much Ado about Nothing

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Lesson 1 (from Act 1, Scene 1)


Act 1, Scene 1

Like most works by Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing involves a number of intertwining story lines, characters and plot twists. Following this mess of literary devices can be difficult when coupled with the challenging language and Italian names. The objective of this lesson is to create a plot map so that following the rest of the play is easier and more enjoyable.


1) Discuss some different ways of mapping the plot. Open it up for discussion and take ideas and suggestions from class members. Choose the way you wish to map the plot in the classroom, and then have each student choose the way that will help them the most. Checking on this assignment can be a continual process.

2) Review each character in the play. Have students give their opinions on each character's personality and motives. Some of these may have to be inferred...

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