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The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

Students will examine a sonnet by one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Michael Drayton, indebted to Petrarch, emphasizing the distress and turmoil of love. This activity leads students to a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of Shakespeare’s innovation. #CommonCore #Sonnets

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Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon

Students will read and respond to a Shakespearean sonnet which is in the Petrarchan tradition but mocks its conventions. This lesson should begin to give students some ideas about why Shakespeare is revered more than other sonneteers. #CommonCore #Sonnets

Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon.pdf

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Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet

This lesson offers an introduction to Petrarch (1304-1374) and the influence he had on sonnet writing in the 16th and 17th centuries and beyond. It provides a context for understanding how Shakespeare made use of both Petrarchan conventions and undercut them, and how modern writers continue to...

Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet.pdf

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Sonnet 138: Choral Reading and Discussion

Students will chorally read Sonnet 138 and respond to discussion questions to clarify meaning, get to know the style and language of the sonnet, and make inferences about the sonnet's central ideas. #MiddleSchool #SpecialEducation #CommonCore #CloseReading #Poetry #HighSchool ...

Sonnet 138 - Choral Reading and Discussion.pdf

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Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet

For students, modern sonnets can be a good introduction to both a classic form of the sonnet and to one of its most recurrent and popular themes, lost love. Examining a modern poet's techniques prepares students for reading sonnets by writers of the past. #CommonCore #Sonnets

Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet.pdf

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Shakespeare's Sisters and Modern Sonnets

Students will understand that many different kinds of sonnets are being written today and will read sonnets addressing familiar themes in contemporary language. #Poetry #CommonCore #Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sisters and Modern Sonnets.pdf

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Close Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets

As a class and then in small groups, students will analyze a sonnet for diction, syntax, literary devices, and rhetorical strategies. #CloseReading #CommonCore #Sonnets

Close Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets.pdf