Act 1, Scene 3 of As You Like It

Learning Objectives: to develop your ability to tackle a difficult text; to develop your “reading” and decoding skills; to develop your powers of empathy and imagination; to learn about characterisations.

Comprehension questions

What are Rosalind and Celia laughing about?

What does the Duke Frederick order Rosalind to do? Why does the Duke Frederick dislike Rosalind?

Why does the Duke feel Celia, his daughter,  think she should want Rosalind out of the way?

What does Rosalind decide to do in order to disguise herself? What does Celia decide to do? Who is Ganymede? Who is Aliena?

Questions to help you understand the themes

CREATIVE RESPONSE: Your parents have told you that you shouldn’t be friends with your best friend because they are a bad influence and give you a bad reputation. What do you do? Write your thoughts/a story/poem/play.



About @wonderfrancis

Francis Gilbert is a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, teaching on the PGCE Secondary English programme. He also teaches the Creative Writing module on the MA in Children’s Literature, which is run by Maggie Pitfield and Professor Michael Rosen. Previously, he worked for a quarter of a century in various English state schools teaching English and Media Studies to 11-18 year olds. He has, at times, moonlighted as a journalist, novelist and social commentator. He is the author of ‘Teacher On The Run’, ‘Yob Nation’, ‘Parent Power’, ‘Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child’, and a novel about school, ‘The Last Day Of Term’. His first book, ‘I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here’ was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4. In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. This led him to set up his own small publishing company FGI Publishing ( which has published his study guides as well as a number of books by other authors, including Roger Titcombe’s ‘Learning Matters’ and anthology of creative writing 'The Gold Room'. He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network,, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and has his own website, He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and the Russell Brand Show. In June 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths.
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