Unit Plan

The Shakespearean Sonnet

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Looking for a great lesson to teach your class everything they need to know about Shakespearean sonnets? Here's such a lesson. "Sonnet #18" launches a study of the Shakespearean sonnet. Scholars watch two Prezi presentations that provide models of basic sonnet structure using the "Prologue" from Romeo and Juliet and several modern songs. Class members then craft their own sonnet using an appropriate movie as a text.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have writers illuminate the borders of their Hollywood Sonnet poster with appropriate images
Classroom Considerations
  • The 15-page packet includes a 13-day plan, worksheets, and a rubric for the Hollywood Sonnet
  • The detailed lesson is carefully scaffolded giving writers an opportunity to practice their analysis and writing skills
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