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Much Ado About Nothing
SUBJECTS — Drama/England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships; Brothers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Fairness.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Comedy; 1993, 110 minutes; Color.
This film is a rendition of Shakespeare's delightful piece of fluff about two sets of lovers. It has been made into a fast paced and beautifully presented movie which is an excellent introduction to Shakespeare. The acting is so strong and the direction so clear that the meaning of most of the antique expressions needs no explanation. It is charming and funny.
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Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare at his best: light, funny, and touching upon real issues that adolescents must resolve as they mature. What is the difference between feelings of friendship and romantic attraction? The message is deep, but would you expect any less from the greatest dramatist of all time?
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a discussion question from the Learning Guide to Much Ado About Nothing.
During the first part of the play, why were Beatrice and Benedick always saying unpleasant things to each other?
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