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Autumn in High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why do days grow shorter in the fall? Why do the shorter days cause leaves to change color and fall from trees?  What does Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 have to do with any of this? No matter the subject area, you'll find lessons to engage...
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Understanding Shakespeare: "Sonnet 18"

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
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...
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Compose an Original Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two sonnets, both alike in structure, are now the foundations of an assignment that asks young poets to examine the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, as well as "Sonnet 16," and then to craft their own following the rhyme scheme and rhythm...
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Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate how sound influences meaning in poetry by listening to sonnets. They write an analysis after listening to and reading sonnets.
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Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
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...
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Sonnet 23

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Motivate your class with this example of a sonnet. This learner-made video can be used to describe what a sonnet is and the importance of imagery.
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Sonnet 27

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The beauty of poetry is explored in this video about sonnets. A group of learners composed a sonnet and created a video to describe it. It is a creative and interesting presentation that is bound to inspire your class.
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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? (Sonnet 18)

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
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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Shakespearean Sonnet Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Stanzas, quatrains, couplets. Rhyme scheme, iambic pentameter, volta. Class members conclude their study of Shakespearian sonnets with a project designed to demonstrate their understanding of the key elements of this fixed form of...
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Elizabethan Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 9th
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,...
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The Winter’s Tale: Sonnet Strategy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Combine poetry and reading comprehension with an engaging writing assignment. Readers of The Winter's Tale craft a sonnet in the voice of one of the characters in Shakespeare's play.
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An Introduction to Sonnets

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Designed for AP English, this presentation begins with the definition of a sonnet, information about the various types of sonnets, as well as a history of the sonnet. Viewers then have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and...
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Sonnet 43

For Students 7th - 8th
What does it mean to love? How are we changed by love? Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnet 43" provides the text for a comprehension exercise that asks readers to respond to a series of text-based questions and then to brainstorm ideas...
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Sonnet Puzzles

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Create sonnet puzzles for learners of all ages! Simply take some of your favorite sonnets, type them out (increasing the font size), and cut them into 14 strips. Have a few glued into place for your learners to get started. Can they put...
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Emmett Till: A Classroom Sonnet

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Who is Emmet Till? An important historical figure, your kids will be shocked by his story! Discover the details of his life and collaborate to write a crown of sonnets in the style of Marilyn Nelson.
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Analyzing Sonnets

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Model for your class how to craft an analysis of a sonnet by examining the literary techniques used, the background of the poet, and critical reviews of the poem. As guided practice, learners are assigned a sonnet, complete a preliminary...
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Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Explore the concept of rhyme scheme within a Shakespearean sonnet. After writing out their favorite (appropriate!) rap song and explaining why they like it, middle schoolers define a rhyme scheme. Afterward, they examine a Shakespearean...
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Sonnet

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
"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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Teaching Shakespeare: Sonnet 73

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
It's that time of year to consider how Shakespeare selects his images and structures his Sonnet 73 to develop the meaning of the poem. Class members examine the rhyme scheme, the indented lines, the conceit, and the images used in each...
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Sonnet Explication

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students analyze close readings of poems, looking up words in the dictionary, and discussing the major parts of dictionary definitions, including word origin and parts of speech. They examine sonnets, then compare/contrast their findings.
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Sonnet Worksheet

For Students 7th - 8th
Are your middle schoolers writing a sonnet? Here's a activity to help them craft their first sonnet! Make edits as you see necessary. 
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From George to Martha: Writing a Sonnet Using Primary Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What was the relationship like between George and Martha Washington? To protect their privacy, Martha Washington destroyed all her husband’s letters after his death so historians have little evidence of their lives together. Two letters...
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Meter and Sonnets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In order to fully grasp the poetry of William Shakespeare, it's essential to study the sonnet and its meter and rhyme. Eight slides introduce basic terms like meter, foot, iamb, trochee, spondee, etc. Pair this presentation with a sonnet...
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Death Be Not Proud

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Not dreadful, but mighty, this worksheet for “Divine Sonnet X” (aka “Death Be Not Proud”) models for individuals how to recognize John Donne’s argument for why Death should not be proud and how to recognize the sonnet structure and rhyme...

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