Project: Shakespeare's Sonnets Exploration

Teacher: Kathryn Nichols
School: Topeka High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 11/19/2009
End Date: 12/10/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We need mentors who are able to assist students in understanding Shakespeare and Elizabethan sonnets by helping them translate sonnets using their own words. We would like mentors who have interests and appreciation for Shakespeare and his literary contemporaries. Also be able to maintain a positive and proactive communication with students of diversity and varying academic knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare. Students will be translating 3 Elizabethan sonnets and connecting them to modern day song lyrics and create a PowerPoint presentation. Two sonnets are from Shakespeare and the last one will be non-Shakespeare sonnet researched and chosen by the student.


This project is an exploration of Shakespeare's sonnets for a 10th grade Language Arts class. They will translate three sonnets and provide a modern-day interpretation using song lyrics.


1. Language Arts (Classical liteary works and forms) 2. Comprehension and Analyzing Skills 3. Communication & Cooperation Skills 4. Technology Skills 5. Independent learning skills 6. Art appreciation and relevance



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Language Arts, Technology

Student Outcomes:

1. Sonnets & Songs Translation Presentation 2. Student/Mentor Messages

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

1. Powerpoint Rubric 2. Student/Mentor messages

Teacher Role:

1. Teach Curriculum 2. Weekly Project Correspondence with Mentors 3. Support & Facilitate Student/Mentor Communication

Mentor Role:

1. Maintain positive and proactive communication with student(s) 2. Assistance in interpreting/discussing literature 3. Assist in reviewing, critiquing student's project 4. Encourage respect/appreciate Shakespeare's work and relevance