This version of Much Ado About Nothing is part of my Shakespeare in 30 collection. Each play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour. You can use this script for Reader’s Theatre (1-2 class periods), a Staged Reading (one week), or a full production (3-4 weeks+). This resource has been tested and performed with students in grades 6-12.
This adaptation has very limited dialogue and most characters only speak one word at a time. The story is communicated through vocal expression and mime. 13 roles/flexible casting.
1. A full Teacher’s Guide:
–Teaching Drama in ELA & Questions to Consider
–Guide to a Staged Reading (Making the Most of One Week)
–Tips for Teaching Shakespeare
–Director’s Notes (and blank version)
2. An editable script
3. Shakespeare’s Language Worksheets:
–Thou vs. You
4. Editable Extension Activities:
–Character Analysis + Rubric
–Performance Review + Rubric
–Soft Skills Rubric
“This resource provides the ‘quick & dirty’ of a drama, without the dragging on process of a 2-3 month unit. I also love that it provides teamwork and empathy, as my kids need to continue to realize the world doesn’t revolve entirely around them!” -Victoria R.
Download the preview for more information! You can also view a sample Close Reading scene (for The Tempest) here.
Your download is a .zip file containing a several files. The Teacher’s Guide is a .pdf and cannot be edited. You can edit the script (.doc) and the extension activities (.ppt). If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
The Comedy of Errors
Deceiving Christopher Sly
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Taming of the Shrew
Juliet & Romeo
Macbeth & the Witches
Hamlet (& Himself)
Hamlet (& his Friends)
Hamlet (& his Parents)
Hamlet (& Ophelia)
Romeo & Juliet (set to pop songs!)
Two-play combo: Romeo & Juliet
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Deceiving Christopher Sly, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Macbeth & the Witches, Othello, and Julius Caesar
Four Play Bundle: Macbeth & the Witches, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing
Four Play Bundle: Four Versions of Hamlet
Eight Play Bundle
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