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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 4 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
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 20 Views 36 Downloads
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 12 Views 6 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 25 Views 616 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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
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 14 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 9 Views 97 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Issues: We've All Got Them: Language Arts/ Visual Arts Integration
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl.
7th - 8th Language Arts 91 Views 123 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 25 Views 53 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 24 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
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 3 Views 76 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
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual dialect and Standard English.
8th Language Arts 20 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt.
8th Language Arts 70 Views 268 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching Author Writing Style
Do your budding writers describe the style of the authors under study as “good” or “pretty good” or “I like how he or she describes stuff”? Then it’s time for a change. Learners collaborate and arrange their studied authors along a line that ranges their styles from ornate to plain.
11th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed