We are huge fans of Halloween around our house, so of course, I try to incorporate some festive fun into our home school days in October. I find it difficult to find Halloween themed ready-made lessons though. This year, I decided to make my own with this Spooky Sonnets Poetry Lesson.
Poetry is a great way to express yourself. There are so many different types of poems we even plan an entire month of English around them in April.
What I really like about them is they are a way to show off your figurative language chops in a short writing assignment. Plus, most poems can be completed in one lesson.
For this lesson, I decided to go with a Shakespearean Sonnet. It is a bit more difficult to write and takes more planning, making it perfect for high school level.
Of course, I had to make it spooky because, it’s October, so why not?
What is a Shakespearean Sonnet?
A Shakespearean Sonnet is a 14 line poem with a very specific rhyme scheme.
14 line poem
3 quatrains – (4 line stanzas – having alternate rhymes)
1 couplet (2 line stanza)
Rhyming scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
Example of a quatrain:
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!—
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Example of a couplet:
When I laid down, I bonked my head
Lucky for me, it was on my
Having a rhyming scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG means that lines A will rhyme, lines B will rhyme, lines C will rhyme, lines D will rhyme, lines E will rhyme, lines F will rhyme and lines G will rhyme.
So basically, in the quatrain, every other line will rhyme and in the couplet(GG) both lines will rhyme.
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I hope you and yours enjoy writing some super spooky sonnets in your homeschool. I’d love it if you shared the final poems at #spookysonnets.
Looking for more ways to bring some spooky learning into your month? Check out our October National Holidays Calendar, it’s full of fun and educational ideas.