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yr 7 sonnet?

Discussion in 'English' started by leola, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. leola

    leola New commenter

    does anyone have any ideas for teaching sonnets, or any sonnet suggestions for a low ability yr 7 class?

    I can only find things suitable for gcse level on here, and not keen on sonnet 130 for them! x
  2. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    lots of different kinds of sonnet - does it need to be Shakepearean?
  3. leola

    leola New commenter

    yup,has to be shakespearean,for an observation!think i will do the 'shall i compare you to a summer day...' one,although unsure how i will prompt them to write their own...!
  4. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    I wrote this 'cos I had alesson to teach on sonnets for interview (gcse) couldn't find any more suitable so bashed this out. Would work alright with year 7 I think: there was a little more on the background to the story too as aprt of a powerpt- if you want it moscowflyerscousins@hotmail.com

    The Traveller's Tale

    Late that night, like any fearful sinner,
    I prayed by the bed, climbed in and stretched out,
    Mulling over what was said at dinner
    And the news I had heard from round about.
    Some said deep in this wood there were villains
    Some said there were robbers and worse beside
    A man, some creature, who for his own gains
    Would cut off your legs or head while tied
    Down. O God what was his name? His name again?
    O Lord, what?s that noise outside my door?
    Am I imagining it? Am I insane?
    Crikey! What are these chains, those long saws for?
    It began P, Proc something, rhymed with jangling keys
    At the door, my host, laughing, Procrustes!
  5. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    I think that leola has to choose a Shakespeare sonnet.

    I have a ppt that uses 'shall I compare thee', but you may have downloaded it as it's on the resources page under 'guides'.

    It teaches iambic pentameter, too.

    The prologue to 'Romeo and Juliet' is a sonnet and there's the shared sonnet in I.v

    Just thinking aloud - sort of.
  6. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    i understood the "shakespearean" requirement to simply be a synonym for "English" as opposed to Petrachan or Spenserian. I can't better your suggest gruoch though I prefer Sonnet 18 (and I fail to see the point of non high ability year 7 "doing" Shakespearean sonnets)
  7. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    cheery - I do so agree re: yr 7 and sonnets.

    I'm pretty sure leola meant she has to do a sonnet by Shakespeare as opposed to the specific form of sonnet, though.

    Maybe she should be subversive and do 145?

    Those lips that Love's own hand did make
    Breathed forth the sound that said 'I hate'
    To me that languish'd for her sake;
    But when she saw my woeful state,
    Straight in her heart did mercy come,
    Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
    Was used in giving gentle doom,
    And taught it thus anew to greet:
    'I hate' she alter'd with an end,
    That follow'd it as gentle day
    Doth follow night, who like a fiend
    From heaven to hell is flown away;
    'I hate' from hate away she threw,
    And saved my life, saying 'not you.'
  8. leola

    leola New commenter

    hey people,thanksfor all advice given,had observation today and went well,if ppl want powerpoint and resources for it leave email address!x
  9. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    glad it went well- what did you use in the end?
  10. leola

    leola New commenter

    i used sonnet 18;got them to restructure it based on rules,few questions on content and then writing their own,followed by post-it feedback.Was apprehensive about their 'getting it', but they all were brill :)wooo!
  11. cheerysocks

    cheerysocks New commenter

    is always good when it does better than hoped! Well done.
  12. Hi leola,
    I have an obs tomorrow for interview (30 mins). Have been racking brains all w/e as to what to teach a y7 class . Must be a poem. Mid to high ability. Pls cd you send me your lesson. It looks good! Thanks

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