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Components of the English Sonnet
Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare
By Collin Boyle on May 17th, 2016
Concepts
Grade Level
9-12
Essential Questions
What devices do poets use?
What are some different poetic forms and structures and how do they affect meaning?
Objectives
SWBAT accurately identify the components of an English Sonnet.
SWBAT generate original sonnets employing iambic pentameter and proper rhyme scheme.
Materials
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Whole Group:

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.).

Activity 1: 

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).

Activity 2:
Students will compose original sonnets.  See task sheet and rubric (above).

Grade Level
9-12
Essential Questions
What devices do poets use?
What are some different poetic forms and structures and how do they affect meaning?
Objectives
SWBAT accurately identify the components of an English Sonnet.
SWBAT generate original sonnets employing iambic pentameter and proper rhyme scheme.