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Get your students excited about Shakespeare with this introduction to the Bard’s sonnet structure and iambic pentameter. Every eye in the room will be glued to the vibrant, information-packed slides in this poetry presentation.
This 28-slide deck (downloads in both Prezi and Google Slides format) includes detailed descriptions of iambic pentameter, iams, rhyme scheme, and Shakespeare's sonnet structure. Skills are put into practice with a close look at Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130. You can use the slides as a stand-alone lecture (about 25 minutes) or pair it with the bonus poetry writing activity where students create their own sonnet on a variety of modern topics. The creative writing activity will take students another 20-to-25 minutes to complete, though some students will likely need to finish it as homework.
28 slides (both Prezi and Google Slides format)
1-page handout of sonnet assignment (printable PDF and Google Drive version), to be completed either in class or as homework
2 pages of 24 sonnet topic suggestions to use as a topic selection grab bag
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