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Students will work in small groups to identify an allegory within the given children's books. I generally do this activity before starting a novel such as Animal Farm or The Alchemist. You will need three or four children's books that could be considered an allegory to accompany this. I use The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, and Yertle The Turtle also by Dr. Seuss. Students work in small groups (one book per group) to complete the attached handout. Students will cycle through all three texts to determine the literal meaning and the figurative meaning of the story. In completing the handout, students are practicing writing summaries, and analyzing texts for figurative "bigger picture" meaning. This lesson prepares students to identify allegorical writing in more complex literature.