The Raven/Allusion PowerPoint

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BELLWORK: 10-17-12
1. TAKE OUT YOUR HOMEWORK
(CHARACTERIZATION CHART FOR BILLY WEAVER).
2. TAKE OUT A SHEET OF PAPER AND HEAD IT
CORRECTLY. TITLE IT “ALLUSION.”
3. COPY THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVE:
TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND EXPLAIN AN ALLUSION
FROM A POEM.
4. REMOVE ALL OTHER ITEMS FROM YOUR DESK.
Objective:
TSWBAT identify and explain an allusion from a
poem.
ALLUSION
ALLUSION:
A REFERENCE TO A STATEMENT, A
PERSON, A PLACE, OR AN EVENT FROM
LITERATURE, THE ARTS, HISTORY,
RELIGION, MYTHOLOGY, POLITICS,
SPORTS, OR SCIENCE.
PURPOSE-LETS READER/VIEWER UNDERSTAND
NEW INFORMATION, CHARACTERS, PLOT,
SETTING, ETC. BY CONNECTING IT TO
SOMETHING ALREADY KNOWN.
Examples of Allusion:
*Sally had a smile that rivaled that of the Mona Lisa.
This is an example of an allusion because most people
are familiar with the painting.
from “Raymond’s Run”
*”The kids call me Mercury because I’m the swiftest thing in the
neighborhood.
This is an example of an allusion because Mercury,
according to Roman mythology, was a messenger of
the gods and was known for his speediness.
Listen to The Raven
read by James Earl Jones
 Examples of Allusion:
“Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-”
This is an example of an allusion because Pallas is another name for the Greek
goddess of wisdom, Athena.
“Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
This is an example of an allusion because Plutonian shore refers to Pluto, the
Roman god of the dead.
“Is there balm in Gilead?-tell me-tell me, I implore!”
This is an example of an allusion because the phrase “balm in Gilead” is used in
the Bible to refer to a healing ointment made from a tree in a region of
Palestine.
Homework:
1. Read the excerpt from I Have a Dream
on pages 483-484.
2. From page 484, identify ONE example
of an allusion and explain how it
represents an allusion. What event,
literary work, etc. is it referencing? What
is the connection the author is making by
using this allusion?
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