Your students will be asked to practice their iambic pentameter skills in a fun way!
This handout acts as if a record company, "Iambic Records," is hiring them to rewrite a popular song so that it can be enjoyed by a more educated audience. Students will supply their own song choice to rewrite in iambic pentameter and then scan the syllables.
They will love the example I have provided in which the Macklemore "Thrift Shop" song has been turned into iambic pentameter.
"These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,"
They will also enjoy the "testimonies" given by artists who have hired Iambic Records to rewrite their songs:
“I thought my song was inspirational before. Then, Iambic Records made it epic!”
– Brittney Spears, singer of Hit Me Baby One More Time & Thou Hast Hit Me Once More Again Baby
This activity will keep your students engaged as they develop a confidence of iambic pentameter through the repetition of practice.
I use this with all Shakespeare units including: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. I also use it when teaching poetry, verse, and sonnets.