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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Allusion
Consider the biblical allusions in Emily Dickinson's poetry with the seventh of ten lessons in a language arts unit. Learners read "A little East of Jordan" and "Come slowly - Eden!" and discuss the allusions to the original Old Testament versions.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Allusions
An allusion can help a writer get a complex idea across with just a few words by tapping into shared cultural knowledge and memory. Examine this phenomenon in Robinson Jeffers' poems "To the House" and "Hooded Night." Learners discuss the allusions and compose brief essays about how they add to the meaning of the poems.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Modernist Struggle: Allusions, Images, and Emotions in T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock
"Hey, Al. Change your part and get on with your life." After a series of close reading activities that focus on modernist elements in T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," individuals are asked to adopt the point of view of a mental health professional and e-mail Prufrock suggestions for how to improve his state of mind.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 13 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Poetry Shopping Spree
Scholars demonstrate the ability to evaluate authors' use of literary elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, and onomatopoeia. They are provided with a checklist and must shop for poems that contain the poetry terms on their list.
6th - 12th Language Arts 27 Views 618 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
It's All an Allusion: Identifying Allusions, in Literature and in Life
To allude, or not to allude, that is the question: whether ‘tis better to make a reference and engage your audience or risk confusing them or sounding dated. After reading an article about, and loaded with allusions, class members take a New York Times literary allusions quiz and then consider the difference between recognizing the reference and understanding the implications.
11th - 12th Language Arts 23 Views 38 Downloads
Mastering the Mighty Melville
“Bartleby the Scrivner” as an existential forerunner to The Office? Dense and often dark, Herman Melville’s stories abound with Biblical allusions and complex symbols. If you are considering using Melville’s novels or short stories with your class, the activities suggested in this resource would make a great addition to the study.
11th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 7 Downloads
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
An engaging and highly relevant way for students to examine classic literary ideas. Although the primary text for this resource is nontraditional ( the 1993 movie Groundhog Day), this plan incorporates several more classical, literary texts that connect to the themes, characters and motifs presented in this film.
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills 30 Views 58 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Allusion: Nikki Giovanni's "The Beep Beep Poem"
Readers quick-write in response to your read aloud of Nikki Giovanni's "The Beep Beep Poem." After a discussion of allusion, they identify references in the poem and analyze their effect. Parts of the resource are intended for little-used Texas Instruments hardware, but the activity works well without it.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 42 Downloads
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples
Illusions and allusions certainly sound similar but there is a world of difference in their meanings. The narrator of this short video distinguishes between these terms, defines them, and offers examples that are sure to engage viewers.
9th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Appreciating Edgar Allen Poe's Poetry
Edgar Allen Poe, one of the great American poets, is responsible for rhythmic and moody verses. Study "To Helen" with your high schoolers, discuss the themes of love and beauty, and analyze the poem and its use of allusions.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 78 Downloads
Test Review Sheet: Collection Four and Rhetoric
Reinforce rhetorical reading with your eighth grader honors class (or standard-level high schoolers). Using quotes from American presidents and political leaders, pupils identify the rhetorical devices highlighted in each quote. Additionally, they write an essay that incorporates various elements (allusion, alliteration, repetition, parallel structure, and climax).
8th Language Arts 15 Views 99 Downloads
Standards Focus: Allusions
What is an allusion? Use this guide to introduce your class to allusions in The Scarlet Letter. A comprehensive definition is provided, as well as one clear example. Consider encouraging your learners to write down a few allusions they're familiar with before delving into The Scarlet Letter activity.
11th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 109 Downloads
Allusion: Huckleberry Finn
Readers respond to 10 examples of allusion in a pre-assessment. After whole group discussion of allusion leading to analysis of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, they compare Huck's interpretation of the Bible story of King Solomon to Jim's.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 25 Downloads
English Literature - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Everything you wanted to know about the history of English literature and language but were afraid to ask. From Beowulf to Canterbury Tales, the Knights of the Round Table to Robin Hood, Addison, Fielding, Shakespeare, Swift, and many more are all featured in an overview appropriate for a high school or college level survey of English literature.
Pre-K - 12th Language Arts 46 Views 113 Downloads
A Victorian Vocabulary Challenge
Introduce your high schoolers to some tough vocabulary. No, I'm not talking about the SAT list! Revisit Victorian literature to find tricky words we still use today. Using the Visual Thesaurus, learners will preview vocabulary in a quote from Jane Eyre.
9th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 98 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Narrative of the Captivity Close Reading
The instructor models close reading, read aloud, think aloud, and text marking strategies before class members tackle Mary White Rowlandson's story of her experiences and reflections on the time spent as a captive during King Philip's War. The focus here is on investigating the Biblical allusions and historical references to better understand Rowlandson's narrative.
11th - 12th Language Arts 28 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Upper graders think about an author's style and voice as they create analogous video presentations. They rate ten authors in terms of style from plain to ornate, review the elements of style such as syntax and texture, then create video presentations where they compare each author to a common object.
11th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 9 Downloads
Digital Curation: Life and Times of Mark Twain
By digitally organizing research, your class leaves a legacy for future students on the life and times of Mark Twain. Before reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, scholars conduct group research projects on one of six (listed) topics. They focus on recognizing reliable sources, digital curation, and a final presentation.
7th - 8th Language Arts 6 Views 13 Downloads
Allusion as Commentary: Richard Rive's "No Room at Solitaire"
In Richard Rive's short story "No Room at Solitaire," based largely on the story of Jesus' birth, a poor Black couple seeks shelter at a white restaurant in apartheid-era South Africa and is turned away. Sets the stage for a fruitful discussion of the purpose of allusion as commentary.
11th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 16 Downloads