Much Ado About Nothing is one of a series of lesson plans to accompany the short animated videos of six of Shakespeare’s plays on LearnEnglish Kids.

Introduction

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing through a short animated video. They will watch the video and complete comprehension activities, and then will be guided to think about and discuss the idea of ‘deception’ from the play. Finally learners will develop their speaking and writing skills by surveying their classmates about the most important qualities in a friend.

Aims

  • Learners will develop strategies for watching and understanding a short video based on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Learners will develop comprehension and speaking skills by discussing ideas from the play.
  • Learners will develop speaking and writing skills through personalised speaking and writing activities based on an element from the play.

Age

Older primary (9–11 years)

Time

1 x 45-minute lesson or three shorter segments

Materials

The lesson plan can be downloaded in PDF format below. 

The Much Ado About Nothing video, worksheet and other materials can be accessed here:
https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/much-ado-about-nothing

The Shakespeare extension activities for kids can be accessed here:
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/shakespeare-extension-activities-kids

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Author: 
Rachael Ro

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