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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. Part of a series of videos devoted to literary terms, the films can be used together or separately to address specific situations.
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. Be sure and check out the riotous comments that conclude the lesson. They are full of sound and fury, but perhaps signify nothing.
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. Pair with The Things They Carried.
Partners identify literary allusions using a provided worksheet and use this knowledge to examine the allusions in Toni Cade Bambara's "Raymond's Run." The class also examines the impact of allusions and slang on the tone of the story.
Emerging writers identify allusion in poetry by listening to recorded poems, like Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town. They also discuss what makes writing satirical and how writers use allusions to make satirical points.  
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. A list of allusions from Hawthorne's novel is referenced by not included.
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. Copies of PowerPoint slides about allusion and the bible reference are included in the resource.
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.
Fourth graders locate and evaluate various books, journals, anthologies, and Internet sources that contain information that may be used in answering the scavenger hunt questions related to Ireland and Irish literature.
Students analyze the role of the forest in literature. They read various literature selections, analyze the role the forest played as a setting, character, or symbol, and complete a writing activity.
Fourth graders engage in a lesson where literature of Ireland comes alive with an introduction to the writings of Mc Court, Heaney and Yeats. This is an excellent way for students to be introduced to this particular world of literary work.
“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. Suggestions for how to investigate Melville’s background, the cultural context of his works, and the literary concepts Melville employs are included and would enrich your readers' understanding. Unless, like Bartleby, you would “prefer not to.”
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. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the instructional activity as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included. 
Students begin the lesson with a review of the elements of poetry. Individually, they read a variety of poems and literature one white and one black author focusing on decay, sterility and alienation. They identify these images within their poems and write their own poems using these ideas as well.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 15 short answer and essay questions about Atwood's The Handmaid's TaleStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 41 short answer and essay questions about poetry by John Keats. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the selections at the bottom of the page.
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. They also categorize a method of comparison that will allow them to describe an author's writing style through length of sentence, vocabulary, figures of speech, frequency, types of allusions, and syntax. Finally, they are given a list of metaphors to choose from that helps them describe the style of their chosen author. Supplemental information and assessment criteria are available.   
American dream or American nightmare? Whether born in the USA or having come to America, we, the people of the United States, are prompted by a vision. Explore that vision through a series of materials and activities. Although designed as extension projects for gifted, self-guided learners, the materials and activities in this resource can be used to introduce a vision or unifying principle for a semester or year-long American literature course. The activities can also be easily adapted for group projects and the portfolio assignment can serve as a final assessment. A great packet that deserves a place in your curriculum library. 
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a fable. This collaborative work as a class should prepare your class for the next creative step: writing and performing their own fable! This resource is great because in addition to an easy-to-follow lesson plan, it provides all the worksheets, graphic organizers, and rubrics students need to feel supported. Note: You will need to provide fables for your class to work with, as this resource only contains the one.
Fifth graders engage in a literature study that uses a variety of texts in order to maximize their exposure to different reading situations. They examine each book in order to practice skills of reading comprehension. They recognize the literary devices of each and then answer the questions to go with the text.

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