This activity uses Erik Didriksen's Pop Sonnets blog to help students engage with Shakespearean language. The blog (freely available at www.popsonnet.com), takes one pop song each week (classic or contemporary) and re-imagines it as a Shakespearean sonnet in Shakespearean language.
This activity is designed for a 1:1 iPad environment but is fully editable if you find yourself in a different situation. It instructs students to download a Pop Sonnet, annotate it for Shakespearean sonnet characteristics, and compare it with the song's original lyrics (found via Google search). In a fairly short span of class time, students can prove their understanding of the sonnet form and practice translating Shakespearean language to everyday speech in a scaffolded way, all in a context they will find engaging. Fully editable and includes a reproducible page of six basic 12-point rubrics. Previews do not reflect accurate margins or pagination.
If you like this activity, consider buying Didriksen's book POP SONNETS, a brilliant collection from the early years of the blog.