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Animal Farm: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
Introduce your class members to allegory and propaganda with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Readers examine the text as an allegory, consider the parallels to collective farms and the...
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Plato On: The Allegory of the Cave
What would you say if someone told you that your dreams and goals are merely phantoms in your own mind? A video analysis of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic takes high schoolers through the famous metaphor, which likens...
6 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
What is reality, knowledge, and the meaning of life? Discover Plato's response to these bold questions in his "Allegory of the Cave" and explore this famous historical thinker's vision of an ideal society as he saw it within the context...
5 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
More than a Metaphor: Allegory and the Art of Persuasion
Students focus on the concept of allegory by using George Orwell's, "Animal Farm." The similarities and differences of allegories and metaphors. The length of the piece is the substantial difference which is exemplified in this lesson.
9th - 12th
Excerpts From “Allegory of the Cave” From Plato’s Republic
Annotations on a copy of excerpts from Plato’s allegorical dialogue, “The Cave” are used to focus attention on specific passages in the dialogue. Readers are ask to draw the cave as it is described, to recount what happens to the...
11th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What Lies Beneath: A Strategy for Introducing Literary Symbolism
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss and using The Sneetches and The Lorax is a great way to introduce readers to allegories, parables, and literary symbolism. The lessons...
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Harriet Tubman Warns "Kill the Snake Before It Kills You"
Harriet Tubman developed a rich extended metaphor for slavery and the imperative for Lincoln to abolish it in this dictated letter from 1862. Young historians read the original document and interpret Tubman's allegory with a pair of...
8th - 12th
Allegory: A Language Beyond Words: Meanings of Emblems/Symbols/Attributes: Iconography in Baroque/Renaissance Art and Sculpture
Students explore the various emblems, symbols, and attributes in the Renaissance and Baroque art periods. For this art language lesson, students discuss and pronounce vocabulary words. Students read a French song and listen to music from...
7th - 9th
Connotative vs. Denotative Meanings
Besides the dictionary definition, words also carry the added weight of meanings that are inferred or implied, meanings conferred on words, or connotations. To gain an understanding the importance of connotation, class members engage in...
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
"Because I could not stop for Death" -- Visualizing Meaning and Tone
Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death" provides high schoolers with an opportunity to practice their critical thinking skills. They examine the images, diction, rhythm, and rhyme scheme the poet uses and consider how...
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Does "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" Have a Hidden Message?
Like Mark Twain's introduction to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz warns readers not to search for a hidden message or moral in his tale. Yet many, such as Henry Littlefield, have done just...
5 mins 8th - 12th
Six Characters in Search of an Author Study Questions and Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. Students may check some of their answers online.
10th - Higher Ed
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Theme of Contrasting Regions
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures Through the Looking Glass. Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities...
6th - 10th
Voices of Tragedy and Horror: Remembering the Holocaust
Students consider the implications of the Holocaust. In this World War II lesson, students read the graphic novel Maus at the end of a unit on World War II. Students discuss the impact of reading about the Holocaust as well as theme of...
9th - 12th
I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died – Themes of Man and the Natural World
In this reading worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions based on themes of man and the natural world in "I heard a Fly buzz-when I died." Students may also complete their choice of 2 reading activities suggested.
9th - Higher Ed