First, students will review the first page of the Scansion and Iambic Pentameter handout. Spend time going over how to scan a poem and what it means to write in iambic pentameter.
Next, students will scan and identify the rhyme scheme for “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare. Scaffold as needed.
After the students have accurately identified the meter and rhyme scheme of "Sonnet 18," review other important elements and terminology specific to the English Sonnet (e.g., volta, heroic couplet, etc.).
Guided Practice: Students will use what they’ve learned about English Sonnets to scan and analyze Sonnet 116, completing a worksheet and answering 4 analytical questions using the 3c method (claim, cite, connect).
Students will compose original sonnets. See task sheet and rubric (above).