If you're like me, a high school English teacher, saying the word "Shakespeare" in class garners groans, sighs, screams, and possibly even escape attempts-- but this doesn't have to be the case!
Use this fun Shakespeare lesson that includes: a "Who Said It: Tupac or Shakespeare?" quote-off, 4 Rounds of "Pop Sonnets" (pop songs that have been converted into sonnets-- 2 in each round-- 8 total), simple notes over the qualities of a Shakespearean Sonnet, easy sonnet dissection practice (using Sonnets 18 and 138), and a partnered project in which students turn ANY SONG of their choosing into a Shakespearean Sonnet using an online flyer-making website called smore (can be done on google slides if you are not interested in using smore OR without smore/google slides if you have limited access to technology).
I have used it for the last couple years, and every time I do, my students come away with an actual appreciation for the Shakespearean sonnet form-- and that is something to celebrate!
*The lesson itself usually takes one 50 minute class period; the project takes about two 50 minute class periods, depending on what level the students are at. My data is based off of 10th grade Pre-AP classes.