Included here are 4 pages. You can opt to use some of them or all of them.
The first page helps students write a draft of their sonnets. The directions make it clear that students must follow the rules of a Shakespearean sonnet including 14 lines, rhyme scheme, and 10 syllables per line. (This assignment does not ask students to use iambic pentameter.) The sonnets must also include figurative language and have a theme. The sheet asks students to explain the theme their sonnets convey.
The second page is the sheet where students will write their final draft of their sonnets.
The third sheet is the scoring rubric. Just circle the points earned out of 100.
The fourth page has students read their classmates' sonnets, determine the theme of each sonnet, identify their favorite part of each sonnet, and give their thoughts. They also are asked to choose their favorite sonnet and explain why they liked it. Finally, they will reflect on their own sonnets based on the performance of their peers.
My students LOVE this activity. I think they like it because it's not easy. You can help students by giving them access to a rhyming dictionary. I always have them think of the theme first then decide what their rhyming words will be and work backwards from there. They really enjoy reading one another's sonnets, too.