Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? (Sonnet 18)

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Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" provides readers with an opportunity to practice their close reading and analysis skills as they find evidence in the sonnet to respond to a series of discussion questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the poem to introduce class members to the sonnet fixed form
  • Instruct readers to use a Venn diagram as a graphic organizer to show the comparisons and contrasts the poet makes
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider changing the central question from how people are changed by love to what the poet is saying about love
  • The activity assumes readers are familiar with hyperbole, simile, metaphor, and tone

  • The packet includes the full text of the sonnet as well as a list of discussion questions

  • Little scaffolding is provided to prepare readers for the central question
Common Core