We spend a great deal of time talking about teaching Shakespeare’s plays, but not much about the sonnets. Until recently, we hadn’t paid as much attention to teaching sonnets as we might have on our website of resources for teachers. This month, Folger Education rolled out a series of new web pages devoted to the sonnets: Why Teach Sonnets?, History of the Sonnet, and Sonnet Structure. Have you checked them out? They are part of the introductory material on sonnets available to teachers. Those pages are followed by a 10-lesson unit plan that includes work by Petrarch, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rita Dove, Carol Ann Duffy, Billy Collins and, of course, Shakespeare. The lessons can be taught in their sequential order, or teachers can select just a few to use in their classrooms.
But maybe we’re just not teaching sonnets these days? Are we? Which ones? Why is it important to teach sonnets? Shakespeare’s sonnets? Let’s hear from you!