Much Ado about Nothing

      This lesson plan follows on from the article 'Shakespeare for Teens' and it is best exploited as a series of two or three lessons.

      In these lessons students will learn about Shakespeare the man, Shakespeare the poet and Shakespeare the dramatist. They will discover one of his most famous comedies, Much Ado about Nothing, and will have the opportunity to re-enact one of the scenes.

      Age: Teenage/adult

      Level: B2/C1

      Timing: 60-90 mins


      • To make Shakespeare accessible, relevant and enjoyable for EFL students
      • To create cross-curricular links e.g. geography (organising a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon) and history (research into life in Elizabethan England)


      Plan components

      Lesson Plan: guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks and answers to tasks.

      Download lesson plan 156k pdf

      Worksheets: which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

      • Worksheets and tasks based around the Shakespeare play.

      Download worksheets 111k pdf

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      Jo Bertrand Teacher and Materials writer, British Council, Paris

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      Chris_Etchells's picture
      Submitted on 25 April, 2008 - 14:42

      Many of the Shakespeare links - eg. the lesson plan for Hamlet's Soliloquy and Much Ado About Nothing, do not work. A pity.

      Chris Etchells

      admin's picture
      Submitted on 25 April, 2008 - 17:56
      Chris_Etchells wrote:


      Many of the Shakespeare links - eg. the lesson plan for Hamlet's Soliloquy and Much Ado About Nothing, do not work. A pity.

      Chris Etchells

      Hi Chris

      This is a common problem with lesson plans based around websites - the websites get updated and the links no longer work. One option is to adapt the lesson plan by finding alternative links or changing the activities.

      I'll contact Jo Bertrand to see if she can find alternative sites to add to the lesson plan. Alternatively if you can suggest any then I'll add them.

      Can you use the contact us form to report any broken links or problems with materials on the site?

      I'll delete both these posts once the links have been changed and the materials updated. 




      aismeal's picture
      Submitted on 13 June, 2012 - 10:10

      Hi,The activities look awesome for my EAL class but the worksheets are incomplete.much-ado-about-nothing-worksheets.pdfPage 2 is rather blank. I'd appreciate an email with the complete resource.  Thank youSandi ClarkEAL TeacherAustralian International School Malaysia

      Sally Trowbridge's picture
      Sally Trowbridge
      TE Team
      Submitted on 9 July, 2012 - 10:17

      The worksheets have been updated and should be complete now. Thanks for letting us know Sandi!Sally

      aismeal's picture
      Submitted on 13 July, 2012 - 03:13

      Thanks for the support, I have the complete worksheet version now.