This complete 3-day activity (for 50 minute periods) introduces students to the concept of literary allegory and symbolism. Using a video version of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax" as practice, students will analyze the story's allegory and practice interpreting symbolism. The student worksheets are linked via Google Drive within the presentation. This lesson would work seamlessly to begin analyzing allegory in The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, 1984, The Stranger, or The Masque of the Red Death.
Day 1: Allegory Power Point, begin video & questions
Day 2: Finish video, finish 1st page of questions, begin symbolism work
Day 3: Finish symbolism analysis & allegory sentence, assign a 1- paragraph allegory response for students to work on in class.