Today students started writing their own sonnets, a daunting task for anyone but a veritable impossibility in the minds of some. No worries: there's a clear step-by-step method to writing a sonnet, which is quite similar to writing a Mad-Lib:
1. Decide on a rhyme scheme (ABAB, ABBA, or something completely different)
2. Create sets of rhyming words, seemingly at random to match your scheme.
3. Decide on an overall message or theme for the sonnet.
4. Write sentences designed to end with your existing rhyming words.
5. Make each sentence ten syllables...and in iambic pentameter (the tricky part) and you're done!
Ok, so it's not the easiest thing in the world, but it is doable. Students start sonnets today and I hope to have a few solid example tomorrow and Friday. Stay tuned!