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Much Ado About Nothing for kids

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This lesson introduces learners to Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with the support of a short animated video.

Rachael Ro

It is one of a series of lesson plans to accompany the short animated videos of six of Shakespeare's plays on LearnEnglish Kids.


In this lesson plan, which can be delivered as a 45-minute lesson or as shorter segments over three lessons, 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.


  • 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.


Older primary (9–11 years)


1 x 45-minute lesson or three shorter segments


The lesson plan can be downloaded in PDF format below. 

The Much Ado About Nothing video, worksheet and other materials can be accessed here:

The Shakespeare extension activities for kids can be accessed here:

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 3