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Sonnet Lesson

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How do we identify the rhyming pattern of a sonnet?


Text: Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5, lines 95-108



  • Lines 95-108 copied on a single page, writ large.
  • Chart paper, with lines 95-108 written.


Development of Learning Activity:

  1. Select two readers, to read lines 95-108.
  2. In groups, try to find a pattern of words that rhyme.
    • Use letters to group rhymes together.
    • What pattern do the letters go in?
    • With the class, elicit pattern from students and write it on the chart paper, using different colors for different rhymes.
    • Develop a list of rules for identifying sonnets.



Rule #2: 14 lines

Rule #3: 3 stanzas of 4 lines each, plus one couplet.



  • Students will demonstrate understanding by correctly identifying pattern. (Short term)
  • Students will succesfully identify sonnet patterns in future texts. (Long term)



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