Do you need innovative lessons that will make Shakespeare’s sonnets relevant to your students?
Get your classes exploring popular culture, primary source documents, modern poetry, and Shakespeare’s sonnets with these powerful and engaging lessons.
These lessons are a great supplement to your unit on a play or novel, and they are also great stand-alone units that will get your classes thinking critically, discussing big ideas, and having fun exploring language and meaning.
: This mini unit is a great choice for pairing with Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Twelfth Night,
or any other novel or play that deals with romantic love.
When you teach Shakespeare’s sonnets with these resources you will:
• engage your classes with a contemporary sources
such as a fun film clip, a fascinating TED Talk, a classic Peanuts clip, 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 scaffolding 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 multiple summative creative projects, essays, or writing options
• quickly and easily grade the assessments using the provided rubrics
In all, there is enough here for over two weeks of rigorous, engaging, and fun lessons.
***The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together***
Shakespeare Sonnet 18 | Sonnet 130 | Sonnet 73 | Love Metaphor Unit (normally priced at $6.97)
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. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
Shakespeare: Sonnet 73 & Dylan Thomas: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (normally priced at $2.99)
This poetry lesson teaches close reading and literary analysis by examining two different poems and their views on death, dying, and old age. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
William Shakespeare Sonnet 138 and Dorothy Parker Poetry Lesson: Love and Lies(normally priced at $3.97)
This engaging unit deals with essential questions such as: Why do we lie to ourselves and others? Can first-hand accounts of events ever be trusted? What role does deception play in romantic relationships? How do different artistic mediums or genres represent the same themes or subjects? You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
Poems included in these lessons:
“A Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker
Sonnet 18 or “[Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day”] by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 73 or "[That Time of Year Thou Mayst In Me Behold]” by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 130 or “[My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun]” by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 138 or “[When My Love Swears That She is Made of Truth]” by William Shakespeare
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas
Some poems are not included because of copyright.
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.