Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write)

The Theme of Sonnet 18

Work Time

On the basis of your paraphrasing in the previous lesson’s homework, respond to the following questions.

  • What do you think the theme of Sonnet 18 might be?
  • What is Shakespeare saying in this poem?
  • Do we get a glimpse of his personality here?
  • What does that say about him?

Open Notebook

Next, discuss your thoughts with a small group, and be sure to choose a group member or two to be your reporter. When your teacher instructs you, you’ll share with the whole class. Did you come up with any of the same ideas as your classmates?