Sonnet Project

You and your group will be assigned a Sonnet to present using Adobe Voice. There are four parts to this assignment: Group Annotation of Sonnet, Oral Recitation, Digital Product, and individual analytical assignment.

Oral Recitation

Important Documents

Refer to this for Sonnet Background Information

Collaborative Annotation

To begin to understand your sonnet, you and your group will collaboratively annotate the sonnet to get at the main crux of it. Think about overarching ideas of love, death, and time.

  1. Read and carefully annotate the sonnet, focusing on identifying unfamiliar words and making connections, as well as scanning for meter and rhyme scheme.
  2. EVERY line must be annotated!!!!!!
  3. Highlight the ‘key’ 9-10 words that show the ‘crux’ or distillation of the sonnet.
  4. Paraphrase what you believe is being stated with the sonnet, focusing on the ideas being raised within the 9-10 circled words.
  5. How are the ideas of time/love/death represented within your sonnet?
  6. Identify each line/lines of the sonnet by highlighting in the related color.
  • yellow - The main point/argument
  • orange - Clarification and/or further examples of main point/argument
  • purple - Beautiful language
  • green - Hyperbolic language

You and your group will be required to memorize and recite your sonnet in front of the class. It is up to you and your group to decide how you want to divide up the sonnet.

Digital Product

Collaboratively, you and your group will create a digital presentation of your sonnet, and the purpose is to teach your sonnet to the class using the app ADOBE VOICE. To do so, you will use a mix of original content such as your own digital or hand drawn graphics and photography with the content already in Adobe Voice, such as the icons and available images.

Rubric for Project

Individual Writing Assignment

In addition to your group’s creative interpretation of your sonnet, you must each write a reflection that furthers your analysis of the sonnet by connecting its meaning to your own life, another text, or a current topic of national interest. For example, you may wish to connect the sonnet to a personal situation or that of a relative or close friend. You may also link your sonnet to another book, film, or work of art that emphasizes a similar theme or irony. An exciting third option would involve linking your sonnet’s meaning to current/political events.

Keep this golden rule in mind: the wackier and more “out there” your connection, the more assiduously you must work to maintain a scholarly tone.

A few guidelines:

  • 2-3 paragraphs in length, normal font & margins, no extra spaces between paragraphs. Your first paragraph should be introductory in nature.
  • First person is permissible ONLY if you are connecting it to your own life
  • Develop an argumentative thesis statement about what your sonnet reveals about the world or yourself
  • You must quote the sonnet and analyze the quoted text at least THREE TIMES.
  • Close with a thoughtful last insight which builds upon your thesis

Rubric For Individual Writing Assignment