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This iambic pentameter lesson plan works great as an introductory lesson to any Shakespeare text, or as a stand alone lesson in a poetry unit.
Students are introduced to the basics of iambic pentameter through a Prezi presentation, then asked to identify stress in a number of different words as well as think of words that are stand alone iambic feet. Following this, students need to identify the beats and stressed syllables in lines of selected poetry and identify if they are written in iambic pentameter, as well as a longer selection of poetry from the opening scene of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. These mini activities familiarize students will identifying stress and meter within a line of poetry. Once students have completed each of these activities, they engage in a group or partner speaking challenge in order to help them hear the rhythm of the passage they have just annotated. The final activity in this lesson plan asks students to write their own original poem in iambic pentameter. The included randomized word list can be used for classes that have trouble brainstorming ideas.
The entire lesson plan takes approximately 65 minutes, although it can easily be shortened or broken down into smaller segments and taught over two or three days.
This download includes a lesson plan, a double sided student worksheet, a link to my Prezi presentation on iambic pentameter, a randomized word list for the practice section of the worksheet, and an answer key for teachers.