Valentine's Day is around the corner! If you're looking for a quick one or two day lesson that is both holiday themed and still a rigorous, academic experience, then you've come to the right place!
Part One: Terms and Definitions
This part of the lesson takes students through a quick review of the key terms that make up a sonnet including: Rhyme Scheme, sonnet, iambic pentameter, couplet, stanza, and quatrain.
Part Two: Poem Analysis
Next, students will apply what they learned by reading "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun" by William Shakespeare. The lesson asks students to label the important parts of the sonnet structure, paraphrase the stanzas, and answer four analysis questions at the end.
Part Three: Students Write Sonnets
Finally, your students will have an opportunity to write their own sonnets. This part of the lesson includes directions, suggestions, and a space to start drafting their own sonnets.
This lesson is helpful in any English class at any time of the year, but if you'd like to hook your kids in with a Valentine's Day activity, try this one out!
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