Writing Sonnets in Grade 8
What Do Grade 8 Students Do When Their School is Closed Because of a Pandemic? At RMS, they learn how to write a Shakespearean sonnet.
Well, if they happen to be Rowntree Montessori School Students, and their school is physically closed, they write Shakespearean sonnets and recite them for their classmates. Shakespeare, and sonnets are an important part of the English curriculum at Rowntree Montessori Schools.
After reading (and watching) several examples of sonnets written by William Shakespeare, the Grade 8s created their own 14-line Shakespearean sonnet. Each line needed to be precisely ten syllables, and the poem needed to follow the rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG). Our students put together a wonderful video montage of some of their Shakespearean sonnets.
Want to learn how to write a Shakespearean Sonnet?
Click here for a great learn-to video outlining how to write your very own Shakespearean sonnet.
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