This engaging, in-depth lesson enables students to understand how the plot events in the wedding scene create a sense of climax throughout Act IV Scene I of Much Ado About Nothing. In particular, the lesson focuses upon the language used by Claudio and Leonato to denounce Hero (with links to the expectations within the social/historical context of the renaissance), the dramatic response to the allegations, and Benedick's altering priorities.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through:
- Identifying the key events of the plot leading up to the wedding scene.
- Reading and comprehending the predominant plot events in Act IV Scene I.
- Understanding the idea of the patriarchal family society, and considering the accusations directed at Hero in light of this.
- Completing an essay style response in which they consider how the key plot events contribute to a sense of climax within the scene.
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and detailed - just download and teach from it!
- Cards for card-sorting activity;
- Wedding Scene worksheet (and teacher answer sheet);
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan