Looking for a way to liven up Shakespeare for your students? Look no further than pop sonnets.
All credit for the idea must be given to Erik Didriksen who created the Pop Sonnet Tumblr a few years back where he would take a popular song and write it as a Shakespearean sonnet. Check out his Tumblr at https://popsonnet.tumblr.com/.
Now your students will have an opportunity to use Didriksen's pop sonnets as mentor texts to create their own pop sonnet of a song of their choice. This activity is highly engaging since students have a lot of ownership over their song choice and it only takes about 2 weeks to complete the unit in total.
This unit contains a hyperdoc that includes links to ALL of the documents I used in the unit. When you click on a link, it will ask you to make a copy in Google Docs and then you will have your own personal copy in your Google Drive. That means that this is completely **EDITABLE** once you've made your own copy.
In this unit plan, you will find:
1. Introductory activities:
a. sonnet notes
b. Sonnet 18 & Fresh Prince pop sonnet
c. Name that Song-et game
2. Pop Sonnet writing process:
a. Song proposal
b. Song sign-up
c. Rough Draft (outline)
d. Peer Revision directions and sheet
e. Final draft directions
a. Pop Sonnet Rubric (modified single-point rubric)
b. Pop Sonnet Rubric with Iambic pentameter (modified single-point rubric)
This product gives you detailed plans of how I used this in my own classroom, but there is always room for modification and additions as you'd like.