1. The Portuguese Sonnets Contrast with The Great Gatsby
A compare and contrast grid which looks at three different factors.
2. Sonnet I Close Reading and Context
Explores the octave, the sestet and the implications for Barrett Browning's own life.
3. Sonnet I Life and Death
This thematic worksheet explores the sequence of events in the poem to see what clues we can find for Barrett Browning's own life, her contemplated suicide and eventual emotional rescue through love.
4. Sonnet I Time
How does Theocritus' theory of happiness compare to Barrett Browning's when based on the theory of time? Two time lines from within the poem to compare and contrast.
5. Sonnet 14: The If and Then Argument
A close reading worksheet which looks at the reasons for and against loving and the role women play in traditional love poetry.
6. Sonnet 14: Eternity
One little word, 'must' uncovers a whole range of possibilities for how vulnerable love can be.
7. Sonnet 43 Writing Frame
Use this writing frame for differentiation - students can use the sentence starters for the basis of extended paragraph writing, or less able students can use the template for simple ideas building.
8. Sonnet 43: Love
A symbolic analysis. As a differentiation task, students can either explore the significant meanings each symbol has, draw connections between each symbol, rank each symbol or sort out into thematic groups.
9. Sonnet 43: Language Extended Paragraphs
Five questions to challenge students.
10. Sonnet 43: Love Pyramid
What are the different elements of love and what happens when you turn them on their head?
11. Sonnet 13: What's Caused This?
Students look at the social, political and cultural influences behind the poem by comparing it to an impressionist painting from 1909 inspired by Barrett Browning.