This lesson, presented in Powerpoint format that can be projected to students on a Smartboard, is an excellent activity for a high school English or Creative Writing classroom, especially during the winter.
Students will first examine William Shakespeare's use of poetic techniques in his poem "Sonnet 97" and then write an original poem. Students are provided with two writing prompts to choose from, both of which are inspired by "Sonnet 97."
This lesson is aligned to Common Core Standards. The lesson, which can be used as is by teachers or modified to fit their purposes, consists of an Aim, Do Now, Preview of Pertinent Vocabulary, a Reading Period, a Critical Questions period consisting of rigorous, text-dependent questions, a Writing Prompt Period, an Exit Question, and a Homework assignment-- all of which are aligned to the lesson's Aim. I have also included the amount of time that each portion of the lesson should take, which would aid in a teacher's pacing of the lesson (which is part of the engagement component on the Danielson rubric).