Character Development

Character Development

Deception Quick Write


Spend a few minutes writing about a time you were deceived by someone.

  • Was this deception done in a playful sort of way? Or was it done to be cruel?
  • When you found out that you had been deceived, how did you feel?

Open Notebook

Share your Quick Write response with a partner.

Much Ado About Deception

Work Time

With your partner, discuss the two major deceptions in the play and how they have been presented so far.

These two deceptions will play out throughout the play.

One is of a playful nature and is in good fun; the other is meant to cause harm.

  • Identify these two deceptions and explain how they relate to the characters involved.

When you’re finished, share your thoughts with the class.

Act 3, Scene 1 Introduction

Work Time

Read along with your teacher as he or she introduces the next scene. This scene mirrors a previous one in which Benedick is conned into believing that Beatrice is in love with him.

As you listen, here are a few things to think about.

  • How realistic are these two scenes?
  • Is it realistic to think that people change their minds about others when they hear that they are liked and appreciated by them?
  • Can you remember a situation similar to this in your own life or the life of one of your friends?

Act 3, Scene 1 Read Aloud

Work Time

Read act 3, scene 1 aloud with your small group.

  • There are four parts in this scene. Assign parts within your group. You might give each part to one person.
  • 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.

Act 3, Scene 1 Review

Work Time

With your class, review the action in act 3, scene 1.

  • What happens in this scene? Does your group have any unanswered questions?
  • On the basis of the five-act structure Shakespeare often used and what you’ve read so far in act 3, what do you think might happen in the climax? What are your predictions?

Two Versions of Act 3, Scene 1


Your teacher will show brief excerpts of two parallel scenes.

After you watch, complete a Quick Write in response to these questions.

  • How alike are Beatrice and Benedick in their reactions?
  • Why are these scenes funny? How do you see Shakespeare using elements of humor here?

Open Notebook

Act 3, Scene 2


Read and annotate act 3, scene 2 for homework.

  • This is a pivotal scene in the play. Pay special attention to the character development of Claudio.
  • Why on earth would he believe Don John?
  • Don’t forget to add to your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal and write down any questions you have so that you can get answers in class.