Quatrain Teacher Resources
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Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130
Use the ideas here for a Valentine's Day activity (or anytime you study sonnets) with your 11th graders. Demonstrate how to analyze a love poem by conducting a think aloud about Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Then small groups analyze Sonnet 130 by taking turns thinking aloud about specified couplets or quatrains while groupmates take notes.
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Designed
Poetry: The Most Compact Form of Literature
Introducing or need to review literary devices and terms for a study of poetry? Though text heavy, the explanations and examples of key poetic devices will provide learners with the vocabulary they need to discuss and craft poems.
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Opera and Poetry
Sixth graders examine the basic elements of an opera in a three part instructional activity. Part one includes listening to opera excerpts and analyzing the excerpts in writing; part 2 includes recognizing the elements of a quatrain, identifying and creating rhyme schemes, and writing their own quatrains based on Greek or Roman myths.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
Shall I compare this project to a summer's day? Perhaps not, but you might find your pupils making similar comparisons as they work on their own Elizabethan sonnets. The resource includes an assignment page, a clever student example, sonnet pointers, two sonnet planning pages, and a peer review sheet.
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Shakespearean Sonnet Project
Stanzas, quatrains, couplets. Rhyme scheme, iambic pentameter, volta. Class members conclude their study of Shakespearian sonnets with a project designed to demonstrate their understanding of the key elements of this fixed form of poetry. Using the provided worksheet, individuals paraphrase a sonnet, respond to questions about it, and create a visual aid to use as they recite their sonnet from memory.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth
Read William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" with your poetry enthusiasts. First, learners review seven literary terms (like quatrain, hyperbole, and alliteration), and then they read the poem at hand. Using the second page, they focus on each of four stanzas, summarizing the events.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Quirky Quatrain Poetry Lesson
Middle schoolers discover what a quatrain is, and are taught the three poetic devices: alliteration, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. Everyone chooses a favorite hobby or activity, then attempts to write a poem about it. They must write two quatrains, and use two of the three poetic devices in their poem.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
New Review Understanding Shakespeare: "Sonnet 18"
Give life to a study of sonnets with a plan that models a lovely and more temperate approach to literary analysis. The resource packet includes a carefully scaffolded plan, graphic organizers, a copy of the poem, and everything else needed for a close examination of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Poetics of Hip Hop
The Bard, Mikki Giovanni, Mos Def? “Sonnet 18,” Ego Tripping,” and “Black on Both Sides”? Sure! It’s the poetics. Class members compare the lyrics, rhythm, and rhyme in classic poetry to hip-hop in a richly detailed resource that includes audio and video features.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Pupils review the fantasy of Alice in Wonderland and discuss the author. After reading the poem, "Jabberwocky," they look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Working as partners, they create a list of "protmanteau" or invented words found in the poem.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
The Sonnet: Renaissance Representative
Students compose couplets, quatrains, and sonnets after learning about Italian and English sonnets. In this sonnets lesson plan, students read sonnets, analyze them, connect them to the Renaissance and present times, and then write their own.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Poetry from prose: A different kind of "book report"
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Center Approach to Poetry
Students experience the different types of poetry in order to classify them. In this poetry lesson, students discover the multiple types of poetry while reading in the library. Ultimately, the students create their own poetry and share with the entire class.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts