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In this short unit, students will practice identifying and analyzing literary techniques such as metaphor, simile, zeugma, and others first in straightforward Elizabethan love sonnets. Next, students will compare and contrast the Elizabethan love sonnets with Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, identifying the subversions and inversions of Elizabethan literary tropes. They will practice writing literary analysis with evidence and commentary. Students will apply their literary analysis skills to a more modern sonnet by twentieth-century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. (An essay about ready poetry in translation is included as an optional enrichment activity). Finally, students will apply their knowledge of literary techniques as they write their own love sonnets or love poems (which do not have to be about romantic love).
This unit includes daily poetry-related warm-ups that provide students with more opportunities to build on the skills they are learning, a vocabulary lesson with graphic organizer, and a vocabulary quiz with a modified version for differentiated instruction to use for students with certain disabilities.