Sonnet

"My heart be brave, and do not falter so," James Weldon Johnson's sonnet, offers readers an opportunity to consider the role of hope and bravery in overcoming adversity

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the poem, covering the provided background information, for the initial reading of and discussion of the sonnet
  • Then ask class members if the background information changes their reading of the poem in any way

 

Classroom Considerations

  • While readers do not need to be familiar with the sonnet format, some understanding of the fixed form would support an analysis of the poem
Pros

  • The packet includes the full text of Johnson's sonnet, as well as text-based discussion questions
Cons

  • None
Common Core