Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter

Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare's Iambic Pentameter
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This resource Includes a 6 minute talk on blank verse. There is an explanation of iambic pentameter with examples on slides.

There follows an activity based on 7 songs by The Beatles. Students listen to the first 4 lines of each song and then scan the rhythm as shown on the example supplied. They then determine to what extent the iambic foot may be present and provide a justification for their conclusion.

Blanks are supplied of the lyrics as well as the conclusion so that students simply fill in their responses.

This is a great group or pairs activity.

The use of popular music as a reference point encourages an engagement with rhythmic poetic devices in a really enjoyable form.

There are no set answers to the tasks, just a rubric to establish how students solve each song problem.

I did this to make Shakespeare's writing more accessible. It completely takes the strangeness out of his language.


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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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