The Domiciles Project

Lesson Plans

Title: Scenario Sonnets

Date: June 20, 2016

By: Carol Amberg

City: Gouverneur

State: New York

Title:  Scenario Sonnets                                                                               

Date: May 2016

By: Carol Amberg

City: Gouverneur

State: New York

ELA 9H  Mrs. Amberg

THE DOMICILES PROJECT                                                                             


Common Core Standards:  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3.d
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.


Students will participate in a poetry analysis workshop in which they read and analyze several forms of poetry and learn about poetic devices. 


The Process (Students will be shown how the task has been scaffolded upon our experience with poetry and done concurrently with the reading of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.)

1. Students will be introduced to The Domiciles Project.

2. Before visiting the art gallery, they will learn the sonnet form and read one or two by Shakespeare.

3. The Task:  Students will use the door art as inspiration for writing their own Shakespearean sonnet.

  • Students will view the doors displayed in our school by artist, Alan Tuttle.
  • On the first day, they will observe all of the doors and select one door as the inspiration for their sonnet.  In their journals, they will record words and phrases to capture images, symbols, and ideas they infer from the doors. 
  • As homework, they will work on wrestling their impressions into the strict sonnet format.
  • On the second day at the gallery, they will sit in front of their doors, continuing to manipulate the language to fit the form.
  • Final sonnets will be typed, read for the class, and displayed publically.


 SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET:  A 14-line poem written in rhymed iambic pentameter verse.

The exemplary sonnet will:

  • have 14 lines

  • use the rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg

  • use the iambic pentameter rhythm pattern

  • reflect the door that inspired it