ShakespeareTeacher's got a good post up about some writing assignments that he just handed out. He's looking for input on more ideas for such assignments. I like the "write something in iambic pentameter" one, and think it could go even farther. A while back I wrote an Elizabethan sonnet for my daughter's first birthday, and it was fun to meet the structural requirements on all levels, not just the rhyme scheme but the overall theme as well. I'm not a big fan of "translate Shakespeare's words today's language" because it always means "get the plot, lose the poetry". It's like for someone to say that "I have of late but wherefore I know not lost all my mirth" really means "I'm bummed out and I don't know why." True, but man, it loses something.