Reflection: Grappling with Complexity What Is A Sonnet? - Section 2: What Is A Sonnet?


Having exposed my students to the sonnet today, I have to say that I was impressed overall with the way they accepted and embraced the requirements of the closed form.  In fact, feeding off of their enthusiasm, my first impulse was to advance to the sonnets of Shakespeare in the next lesson.  

I then remembered that while I may have taught sonnets in 45 minutes, I do not think I could give Shakespeare the same rush job, and so will save him for another day.  As I mentioned in my video, however, the foundation is now there, so that if and when I want to return to sonnets and ultimately introduce the work of Shakespeare, I should be able to do so with ease.

This lesson confirms what my students continue to prove to me, over and over, which is essentially "if you teach it, they will respond" (I wonder if any of them would catch that allusion . . .).  For all teachers of 8th-graders, I encourage you to keep them challenged!

  Introducing the Sonnet in 45 Minutes
  Grappling with Complexity: Introducing the Sonnet in 45 Minutes
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What Is A Sonnet?

Unit 5: Bad Boy Part I
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: Given a lesson on sonnets, SWBAT analyze a sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning for both form and content.

Big Idea: If thou must love sonnets . . . let me teach you why!

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