Greek mythology! The Bible! Shakespeare! All are sources of allusions that students may not recognize when they see them in literature. Help them learn the concept with the resource so they'll gain the wisdom of Solomon! Students will develop foundational knowledge of how allusions work and how you can figure out what they mean and where they come from.
The activities include:
-A brainstorming activity in which students come up with allusions they use in their everyday language.
-a lesson on the use of allusions using An Emily Dickinson poem and an excerpt from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
- a tiered lesson in which students will either read Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" or the more challenging "To Helen" by Edgar Allan Poe
-an allusion research project in which student research the stories behind famous allusions and then find examples of them in everyday language using a Google News Search
-additional suggested activities for reinforcement and extension
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