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Charelle Powell

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Transcript of Sonnets!


- Poetry is a big part of language arts, so today we will focus on a specific type, sonnets!

- The nice thing that you will learn about sonnets...they are only 14 lines!

- So get ready to create your own!

Write Your own Sonnet
Step 1.) Pick a sonnet you would like to write, either Italian or English/Shakespearean.

Step 2.) Look up which sonnet you chose. Find examples and definitions.

Step 3.) Start to create your own sonnet with the information you have found.

With your group, you will now create a video of your sonnet. Before you get into your actual sonnet, you must tell your audience what type of sonnet you choose, and then define that sonnet. Then, your own creativity will come in! You can do a dramatic reading of your sonnet or you can act out your sonnet. Bonus points for dressing up and using props!
The Task
After completing this webquest you will be able to Understand the structure and rhyme scheme of sonnets. You will be able to recognize a sonnet by sight and be able read sonnets fluently. You will write your own sonnets in groups and will create a video to share with the class about your sonnet. Hopefully you will gain a better appreciation for poetry and see it as the art form it truly is. Happy Writing!

Example of Italian
Example Of an English Sonnet
(A) 1. After Turkey Day, the garbage bags sat;
(B) 2. My dog was tempted by the tasty sight.
(A) 3. He tore them open, gorged big, and grew fat,
(B) 4. But First he made a mess and caused some blight.
(C) 5. He ate some hot sauce and blueberry pies,
(D) 6. Then laid around and moaned out loud in pain.
(C) 7. I worried in my heart of his demise,
(D) 8. And tried to scrub the purple carpet stain.
(E) 9. He slowly came around, and waddled slow,
(F) 10. His belly wide and nearly to the floor.
(E) 11. So sad to see my hungry doggy grow
(F) 12. So portly wide, he barely fit his door.

(G) 13. He survived, but still he is more than stout.
(G) 14. I’ve learned. Next time i’ll take the garbage out.
Types of Sonnets
Italian/ Petrarchan

- First 8 lines are called an octave

- Last eight lines are called a sestet

Understanding Sonnets

- Sonnets are a very important part of English.

- Depending on which type of poem it is, it will have a different rhyme scheme.

-They all have a total of 14 lines.

Shakespearean/ English

- 3 quatrains

- 1 couplet

(A) 1. The life of this pearl, how it grew from the sand

(B) 2. Is a wonderful story to tell

(B) 3. For it bothered the flesh in an oyster’s grey shell

(A) 4. And the oyster then coated the sand

(A) 5. It was milky and white, added band after band

(B) 6. ‘Till it formed a white shell

(B) 7. So a creature can’t tell

(A) 8. That it grew from a grain of the sand

(C) 9. This gemstone of mine

(D) 10. From the depths of the sea

(C) 11. Has a glittering shine

(D) 12. That is easy to see

(C) 13. So it’s hard to imagine, this treasure so fine

(D) 14. All began as a grain in the sea.

Create a Video of your Sonnet
Things to think about when making your video
- Explain your sonnet choice as if you were teaching it to someone for the first time!

-Be creative! Have fun with your sonnet video and your audience will be sure to enjoy it!

- Be prepared to rank the sonnets of the other groups. The highest rated sonnet video will get bonus points!
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