Sonnet 130 Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Shakespearean sonnets can be overwhelming to students. This lesson plan guides teachers through a lesson to give students a line by line analysis of ''Sonnet 130''. Students will participate individually and collaboratively in creative analysis.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Contrast Shakespeare's ''Sonnet 130'' and his other sonnets
  • Describe the use of hyperbole in ''Sonnet 130''
  • Identify specific metaphors and examples of hyperbole in ''Sonnet 130''

Length

45 - 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.B

Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Materials

Preparation Activity

  • Hand out the copies of the sonnet and allow volunteers to share the reading of the sonnet.
  • Then have your students go line by line writing what they think each line means (they will refer to this while watching and discussing the video).

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