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Much Ado About Nothing Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. This lesson plan offers clear guidance to Shakespeare's language and characters as well as his themes, including gender and gender roles. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Much Ado About Nothing, how does Don John feed false information to Claudio? Don John tells a masked Claudio – Don John knows it is Claudio even though Claudio claims to be Signior Benedick– that Don Pedro is wooing the fair Hero for himself. This makes Claudio angry because Don Pedro had promised to woo Hero for him.
- What plan does Borachio devise that pleases Don John? Borachio tells Don John that he will “visit” Margaret in the night and manage to get them both near a window where Don John will attempt to “prove” to Claudio that Hero is unfaithful. Don John will make both Don Pedro and Claudio believe that it is Hero at the window with Borachio and not Margaret.
- Why does Hero claim that she will never tell Beatrice of Benedick’s “affections”? As part of her ruse to get Beatrice to change her shrewish ways, Hero says that she would never tell Beatrice about Benedick’s feelings because, since Beatrice is such a nasty person, she would make fun of poor Signior Benedick’s affections toward her.
- What does the reader notice about Dogberry’s and Verges’s speeches? Both Dogberry and Verges use incorrect diction (malapropisms) when they speak. They confuse such words as “salvation” for “damnation” and “desertless” for “deserving.” This adds to the comic relief of the play.
- What is Claudio’s accusation against Hero? Claudio claims that Hero is “an approved wanton” and that she has been unfaithful to him with Borachio. He tells those at the wedding that he saw Hero at the window with Borachio the night before.
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