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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 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Shakespeare Sonnet 116
Students examine Shakespearean sonnets as it pertains to the bard and the poet. In this reading Shakespeare instructional activity, students read Sonnet 116 and review the structure of a sonnet and how it works. Students share their thoughts on love and make connections regarding Shakespeare's sonnet.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 5 Views 16 Downloads
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 34 Views 68 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
Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps
Students complete poetry analysis using William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" as a part of a study of figurative language. In this Shakespearean language lesson, students define literal and figurative language and practice paraphrasing and annotating poems.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 6 Views 169 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
Writing A Shakespearean Sonnet
Students examine one type of lyric poem; the English Sonnet. By studying the form of sonnets, students can explain the English Sonnets more effectively in their future reading if them, and they ill also have the tools to compose a sonnet of their own.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 29 Downloads
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 45 Views 34 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 74 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay choice questions based on various Shakespearean sonnets. Students may also access an online quiz on the sonnets using the link at the bottom of the page.
9th - Higher Ed Language Arts 4 Views 15 Downloads
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
"Tear him for his bad verses:" Cinna the poet and Shakespeare's Sonnets
Poor Cinna, the poet. His dream of “things unlucky” certainly comes true as the mob tears him apart, at first because they mistake him for Cinna, the conspirator, and then continue to “tear him to pieces for his bad verses.” As part of their study of Julius Caesar, class members get their chance to rate a series of sonnets (supposedly written by Cinna) as good or bad verses.
10th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"O Beware, Sir, of Jealousy:" Passion and Jealousy in Othello and the Sonnets
Students examine the difference between Othello's jealousy and his passion. They create tableaux or living pictures to examine the difference between the two as presented in four of Shakespeare's sonnets. They discuss their findings in small groups.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
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 2 Downloads
Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps
Students 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 3 Views 15 Downloads
Eighth graders focus on the Shakespearian sonnet as a form and analyze the sonnet in terms of structure, the particular rhyme scheme of the quatrains and the rhyming couplet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter, as well as any figurative language.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 36 Downloads
Playing with Puns
Students examine the wit of characters in two plays. In this drama lesson, students read The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. Students analyze the puns used in both plays and write essays that reveal how the playwrights used puns to build characters.
5th - 8th Language Arts 9 Views 37 Downloads