Directorial Choices Comparison

Directorial Choices Comparison

The Plot Thickens

Opening

To begin, take a moment to do a Quick Write answering these questions about act 2, scene 2.

  • What plot are Don John and Borachio hatching to break up the impending wedding?
  • Considering what you learned about the characteristics Elizabethans considered most important for women in The Good and the Badde , why would this plot stop the wedding between Hero and Claudio?

Open Notebook

When you’re finished, share your responses with a partner.

Class Check-In

Work Time

Before you continue reading, discuss the play so far as a class. Be sure to bring up any questions or points of confusion that you still have and see whether you can help clarify things for your classmates.

Here are some questions to get you started.

  • Would any part of this plot work in a play set in today’s society?
  • What parts might be successful? Why?
  • Which parts wouldn’t make much sense today? Why not?

Act 2, Scene 3 Small Group Read

Work Time

Your teacher will arrange the class in small groups. Assign a part to each member, and read act 2, scene 3 aloud.

  • There are six parts in this act. If you have enough members, each person can read one role.
  • You may also choose to take turns, changing readers on each page. Maybe your group has one or two able readers who can read for your group.
  • Pause your reading after each page to discuss what happened and make sure everyone understands.
  • Keep your voices soft so as not to bother the other groups.

Two Staged Versions of Act 2, Scene 3

Work Time

Before you watch the first film version of act 2, scene 3, take a moment to check in with your class. What happened in this scene? Does your group have any unanswered questions?

Pay close attention to the film clips, and take notes on what you notice.

  • What choices does each director make in directing this scene?
  • Does anything surprise you?

Open Notebook

Directorial Choices Comparison

Work Time

Compare and contrast the ways these two directors presented this scene.

  • Which version do you prefer, and why?
  • Be sure to give reasons for your choice. Think about things such as casting, lighting, and costumes.
  • Why do some choices seem better than others?

Open Notebook

Comedy Hunt

Closing

When you’re done, share your thoughts with a partner. Make notes on your discussion.

  • Did either of you find that one version is more entertaining than the other? Why do you think that is?
  • Consider what the class discussed in talking about humor at the beginning of this unit. Can you identify some of the required elements of comedy that are present in this play so far?

Open Notebook

Act 2, Scene 3 Dialectical Journal

Homework

  • Complete your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal entries for act 2, scene 3 for submission during the next lesson. If you’ve fallen behind, be sure to catch up before the next lesson.