Do you need powerful lessons that will make Shakespeare’s sonnets relevant to your students?
Get your classes to explore popular culture, primary source documents, and Shakespeare’s sonnets with this innovative and engaging unit.
Pairings: This unit could be paired with any novel or play that deals with themes of love or love poetry such as Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Odyssey, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Great Expectations.
How do we talk about love? It’s a question that has been asked for centuries, and it is one that has never been fully answered, even by the greatest poets of all time. And yet, it is an important question to ask, especially for teenagers who are still struggling to define their world.
This unit is a great supplement to your unit on play or novel, and it is also a great stand-alone unit that will get your classes thinking critically, discussing big ideas, and having fun exploring language and meaning.
When you teach this unit on love metaphors you will:
• engage your classes with a contemporary sources such as a fun film clip, a fascinating TED Talk, and a pop song of their choice
• conquer your students’ fear of poetry by getting them to experiment with their own poetry writing
• fulfill common core requirements with fun, low-key lessons
• introduce your unit on a Shakespeare play by boosting your students’ confidence in reading his work
• give your students the scaffolding they need to work through challenging texts by utilizing the proven questions and graphic organizers included here
• get your classes to compare the figurative language of Romeo and Juliet with those of a typical pick-up lines of the period by examining primary source documents
• add rigor to your lesson plans by inspiring your students to think critically with the ready-to-go handouts, writing prompts, and activities
• have fun grading student work when you choose from seven summative creative projects, essays, or writing options
• quickly and easily grade the assessments using the provided rubrics
In all, there is enough here for a full week of rigorous, engaging, and fun lessons.
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from you.
Rather than telling them what the texts mean, you will empower your students with the confidence and skills to tackle these challenges on their own.