This assignment asks students to research an allusion in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, summarize their research, and explain how knowing more about the allusion helps them better understand the quote that references the allusion. The handout includes a sample of the assignment in reference to the allusion of Cupid (one with which most students would all ready be familiar).
I also have an anticipation guide and an activity regarding quoting Shakespeare that are both focused on A Midsummer Night's Dream: see my store for more information.
I have been teaching English in the public system for six years. I've been in two different schools, and beginning this September I'm moving to my third school which (thankfully) is much closer to home.