This unit uses William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as a vehicle to help you consider how a person is powerless in the face of rumor and how reputations can alter lives, both for good and for ill. You will consider comedy and what makes us laugh. You will see how the standards of beauty and societal views toward women have changed since the Elizabethan Age and reflect on reasons for those changes. As you consider the play, you will write on the passages that inspire and plague you and on topics relating to one of the themes in the play. Finally, you will bring Shakespeare's words to life in individual performances and in group scene presentations.
Close reading of the texts in this unit will help you answer these Guiding Questions:
- What are society's expectations with regard to gender roles?
- Does humor transcend time? Do we share the same sense of humor as our ancestors?
- How do we judge people?
- How important is reputation?
- What Is Funny?
Lesson 1William Shakespeare Reintroduction`
Lesson 2Rules For Comedy`
Lesson 3Readers Expectations`
Lesson 4Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write)`
Lesson 5The Good and the Badde`
- How Do We Judge People?
Lesson 6Much Ado About Nothing`
Lesson 7Character Analysis`
Lesson 8Shakespeare Performed`
Lesson 9Roles of Leadership`
Lesson 10Directorial Choices Comparison`
Lesson 11Informational Writing`
Lesson 12Character Development`
Lesson 13Character Interpretation`
Lesson 14Humor In Language`
Lesson 15Relatable Characters`
Lesson 16Types of Humor`
Lesson 17Characters Reactions`
Lesson 18Character Chart`
Lesson 19Ending Evaluation`
Lesson 20Scene Preparation & Memorization`
- Shakespeare As Performed
Lesson 21Passage Performance`
Lesson 22Second Group Performance`
Lesson 23Third Group Performance`
Lesson 24Fourth Group Performance`
Lesson 25Final Group Performance`
Lesson 26Performance Structure`
Lesson 27Performance Structure 2.0`
Lesson 28Performance Reflection`
Lesson 29Argument Writing`