From: DpfTeachr 
Subject: Re:  [ncte-talk] sonnet idea (LONG)

Something that has worked well for me with all levels: Students work in groups
 in class to "build" the sonnets.  We begin with a sonnet a friend of mine
 wrote - to help emphasize that Shakespeare wasn't the only one!  Then we move
 to Shakespeare's sonnets.  Below is the actual lesson.

Building Sonnets		


1.  A sonnet is a mystery.
2.  It is a puzzle you have to put together.
3.  A sonnet is a poem.
4.  It contains 14 lines.
5.  Each line has 10 careful, though; it might look as though
 some of these lines don't have this number of syllables!
6.  In this kind of sonnet, the lines rhyme in a pattern:
	Lines	1 and	3 rhyme
			2	4
			5	7
			6	8
			9	11
			10	12
			13	14  known as couplet
	Watch out for half-rhymes and that tricky British accent or pronunciation!
7.  There is generally a full-stop (period), and exclamation point, or a
 question mark at the end of Line 8 and at the end of line 14.  Be careful
 here, too, because there may be more than two full stops in a sonnet.

O.K., now that you have the basic materials, you need a specific blueprint for
 building a sonnet.  Attached to this sheet is your blueprint....Happy

This blueprint is for building the following sonnet:

(You - the teacher - will need to print out these lines - a single line to a
 strip -  and cut the strips.  Watch out for sneaky (or lazy) students who try
 to match the cut lines rather then figuring out the blueprint!!)

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
>From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell:
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it; for I love you so,
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O, if, I say, you look upon this verse
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse,
But let your love even with my life decay;
Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
And mock you with me after I am gone.

(Students work to build the sonnet - put the lines in the correct order -
 based on the clues you give.  I provide only one or two at a time.)

Line 1 ends with a word that suggests the end of life.
Line 2 uses word that means "unhappy" or "sad."
Line 4 begins with a preposition and ends with a colon.
Line 6 mentions a part of the body.
Line 10 contains a word which means "joined."
Line 11 ends in a word which is something actors need to do a lot of.
The last line uses a word meaning "scorn."
(You might want to change some of the clues)

Written Response: Once you have reconstructed the sonnet so that it makes
 sense and follows the clues, write a short (2-3) response paper telling me
 what you think the sonnet is about and whether or not you liked it.  (This
 should bring some of you back to your sophomore year of writing
 interpretations and evaluations of poems.  If you don't know how to do this,
 see me.  I have some samples you can look at.)

Your own sonnet...Yes, your very own.  Please begin developing your own sonnet
 using what you know about their structure and format to guide you.  Choose a
 familiar topic; don't worry about being profound or even good...just give it
 go.  You will have to share these out loud with the class.

We have great fun witht his activity and the written work is generally very
 good.  I have saved student samples of sonnets over the years.  Some are quite
 moving and others, of course, are very, very funny.

Hope this helps.