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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 Language Arts 13 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 35 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Henry IV, Part I: Does Father Know Best?
“Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin/In envy that my Lord Northumberland/Should be the father to so blest a son--.” Henry IV, Part I, provides the text for a series of exercises that ask class members to examine the relationship between parents and their children in Shakespeare’s play and in their own lives.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading of King Henry's soliloquy from Act III, scene i of King Henry IV, Part II.
11th - 12th Language Arts 29 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Shakespeare Was A Black Woman
"I all alone beweep my outcast state." After a discussion of the "Shakespeare in American Life" segment in which Maya Angelou's relates her reaction to Sonnet 29, class groups create and perform a scene about an outcast that includes the first four lines from the sonnet.
7th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Shakespeare & The Renaissance: Activity Ideas
Looking for ways to implement the words and works of William Shakespeare into your curriculum? This list of activity ideas is a great starting point, as it covers a wide range of grade levels and a wealth of online references to explore.
3rd - 12th Language Arts 90 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 Language Arts 59 Views 42 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Shakespearean Comedy on Film
This lesson will focus on the aspects of Shakespeare's comedy that become more evident in performance. By viewing clips of the same Shakespeare scene in different film versions, high schoolers have the opportunity to engage in a close critical analysis and to compare the play to its film version.
9th - 12th Language Arts 23 Views 82 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Women’s Roles in As You Like It
“There is nothing that becommeth a maid better than soberness, silence, shamefastness, and chastity, both of body & mind.” This line, from Thomas Bentley ‘s The Monument of Matrons published in 1582, typifies the way women were viewed during the Elizabethan period.
9th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Shakespeare's Ugly Women
Spark some provocative discussions about attractiveness and the Elizabethan view of women. What is Shakespeare trying to say about female beauty in Sonnet 130? Do you see anything like this today in modern songs? Writers then come up with their own poems reflecting the Petrarchan style.
12th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
That's Moor Like It!
How do modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays relate to their original source material? Middle and high schoolers focus on Shakespeare's play Othello and its screen adaptation "O" to explore how modern film adaptations of Shakespeare have the potential to both enhance the original literature and detract from its meaning.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 91 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
War and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry V
“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” These two views of war, embodied in George Patton’s statement and Lorraine Schneider‘s famous 1966 poster, are at the heart of a two-day examination of war and its effects.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
“. . . one man in his time plays many parts,/His acts being seven ages.” Jaques famous speech from Act II, scene vii of As you Like It sets the stage for an examination of the roles people play. Class members not only consider the roles played and masks worn by various characters in Shakespeare’s plays, but are also encouraged to examine their own.
9th - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Understanding Shakespeare: "When Icicles Hang By the Wall"
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter.
7th - 12th Language Arts 79 Views 169 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 Language Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
Complexities of the Sonnet
Discover and identify how William Shakespeare created complex systems within his sonnets using both words and the structure of the poem. To begin the instructor will review the basic structural elements, characteristics, and style of Shakespeare's sonnets.
11th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 18 Downloads
Shakespeare's Style: The Sonnet Form and Iambic Pentameter
What is a sonnet? What is iambic pentameter? This is a wonderful worksheet that introduces your learners to iambic pentameter and how to mark lines of poetry with stressed and unstressed symbols. There's a cool chart included to help your learners count the syllables!
7th - 12th Language Arts 54 Views 223 Downloads
Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps
Learners examine denotation and connotation in language, and paraphrase a poem. They read and analyze a sonnet by iam Shakespeare, analyze the attitude and tone, paraphrase a poem, and create a thesis about a poem based on textual evidence.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 17 Downloads