This engaging, in-depth lesson enables students to understand how Shakespeare uses a range of dramatic devices for effect within ‘Much Ado about Nothing.’ In particular, the lesson focuses upon the dramatic irony and tension used to build the themes of confusion and deception. A close analysis of Act II Scene I: The Masquerade Ball, is included, to exemplify the impact of the dramatic devices upon Shakespearean audiences.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which students learn through:
- Defining and exemplifying the key dramatic devices;
- Relating key dramatic devices to the themes of confusion and deception;
- Reading and comprehending the predominant plot events in Act II Scene I.
- Completing an essay style response in which they consider how dramatic devices help to create Shakespeare's intended effects upon audiences.
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and detailed - just download and teach from it!
- Cards for card-sorting activity;
- Confusion and Deception worksheet (and teacher answer sheet);
- Act II Scene I analysis sheet
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.