If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will feel comfortable with reading, writing, and interpreting poetic texts, and will understand the formal structure of a sonnet.
Students will gain understanding of the poetic speaker's feelings, and become acquainted with a few of the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare's personal life.
Students will feel comfortable interpreting romantic plotlines for themselves rather than adhering to a narrator's interpretation.
Students will acquire an understanding of the ways in which Shakespeare plays with timeless concepts of...