Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day -- Poetry Analysis and Writing

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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Get your students thinking critically and writing creatively with this poetry analysis resource that explores Shakespeare's well-known Sonnet 18. Your students will read, analyze, and then write their own sonnets!

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is fun to read and analyze -- and students love discussing the ending and puzzling over who the poet is really praising. This sonnet is a great way to introduce a bit of Shakespeare to your students and help them find the value in poetry and writing!

Once students have analyzed and discussed the sonnet, they'll be ready to write their own. This resource includes step-by-step instructions that will guide your students as they write their own sonnets (yes, they can!).

Reasons to ♥ this resource:
♥ ready to use -- print and teach
♥ print front-to-back to create your own sonnet workbook!
♥ students can work at their own pace or with a group -- great for a sub plan or differentiation
♥ step-by-step analysis of the the sonnet form, language, and meaning
♥ step-by-step guide to writing an original sonnet
♥ practice literary analysis skills and critical thinking
♥ at the end of the lesson, students will have written their own sonnets!

This resource includes:
♥ Background information about Shakespeare
♥ "recipe" for an Italian and an English sonnet
♥ Vocabulary list for the sonnet
♥ A copy of the sonnet
♥ Vocabulary analysis
♥ Guide to reading the poem
♥ Paraphrase guide
♥ Comprehension questions
♥ Analyze literary elements -- including imagery, personification, anaphora
♥ Analysis of the sonnet form & iambic pentameter
♥ Guide to writing a sonnet
♥ Student self-assessment for reviewing their sonnet
♥ Teacher rubric
♥ Complete answer key -- including my own sonnet about my dog!

Please see the preview for all of the "goodies."

Going paperless? You can find a digital resource to use in your Google Classroom for Sonnet 29:Google Drive: Sonnet 29 {Shakespeare}

You might also be interested in these resources:

Sonnet 29 {Shakespeare}

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Total Pages
74 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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