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Continuing on from last week, it is now time to write your description of Mercutio/Tybalt's death scene. You will need to use your planning sheet from last week and below is a reminder of the three characters you can choose from.


Your first task is to read the modelled example and see if you can highlight how the author has included actions, thoughts, feelings and speech. Once highlighted, look at the balance of each aspect - you should have roughly the same amount. Your description should have a balance too; not just a long list of speech, then thoughts etc... it should be intertwined throughout not just one after the other.



Now you can start writing your description; refer back to the success criteria sheet and the modelled example. Remember you are writing in first person as if you are the character at the scene. Once finished, edit and improve until you are 100% happy and then mark against the success criteria. Read it to someone at home - can they imagine the scene? This will tell you if you have included enough description. 



We are now moving on to sonnets. These are like poems but they only have 14 lines and 10 syllables per line. Shakespeare wrote 154 of them. Open the powerpoint and read/complete the tasks set - it will explain all about sonnets and show you examples.




Use the worksheet to experiment with writing your own sonnet. The templates will help you with the structure and the amount of syllables. Today is about experimenting with a topic/theme of your choice.


Have a look at the example poems below (Can you guess which one was written by Mrs Watson?) and think about their meaning. What do the you think was the theme or purpose of the sonnet? What common features are there?


Now have a go at writing one of your own:

  • First, establish an audience for your sonnet – e.g. mother, father, grandparent, girlfriend, boyfriend.
  • Next, generate a range of words/phrases to describe them.  
  • After change the words/phrases to fit into the lines/syllables. For example - mother with pale skin becomes ‘Dear mother, her pearl-like skin so pale’