Roles of Leadership

Roles of Leadership

Act 2, Scene 1 Review


Before you continue reading the play aloud as a class, discuss with your partner any problem you had while reading the scene for the previous lesson’s homework.

  • Write down any questions or comments you have in your annotations.

Next, share those questions and comments with the whole class. Do you have the same questions as other pairs? Can you help to answer anything for them?

Act 2, Scene 1 Read Aloud

Work Time

Read act 2, scene 1 aloud, stopping along the way for questions and clarifications.

This scene of the play has a lot of wordplay and puns. Beatrice and Benedick, in particular, make jokes and references that you may not understand the first time around. Since you’re reading this play hundreds of years after it was written, you might not get everything the first time through.

Don’t worry if you don’t get everything all at once. The most important thing is that you understand what’s going on with the characters and their relationships.

Act 2, Scene 1 Character Chart

Work Time

Take a few moments to include more information about your characters in your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart.

  • What have you learned about the characters so far in act 2?
  • Are they behaving in the way you expected, or are they surprising you?

Examination of Leadership

Work Time

With a partner, discuss the concept of leadership and how it is seen in the Much Ado About Nothing characters who are supposed to be princes, governors, and lords.

  • Are they good leaders? Why or why not?
  • Explain your answers, using lines from the play for support.

When you’ve finished, share your opinions, and your evidence from the play, with your class.

Personality Predictions


Spend five minutes predicting what will happen with each of the characters, basing your predictions on personality traits you have noted in your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart.

  • Write down your predictions so you can check back later and see if you were right.
  • The best predictions, like the best arguments, use strong evidence. What parts of the play so far support your guesses?
  • Remember to list act, scene, and line numbers whenever you refer to the text.