Allusions Workshop

One of the ongoing units of study this year will be an allusion workshop.

Allusion- (noun)- an implied or indirect reference to another literary work or event in history in literature. [Webster's Collegiate]

Two basic sources from which writers, especially poets, draw allusions and metaphors are the Bible and the ancient classical writings (mainly Greek and Roman). Knowledge of the characters and stories contained in the Bible and in the body of myths and legends will add appreciably to the enjoyment of good literature of all kinds. From the very beginning of literary canon, writers have borrowed characters, plots, and themes from these sources.


Card Requirements

Almost every week you are required to read the assigned literary work. On every third day that we meet as a class, you will submit a 5x8 ruled note card based on your reading that contains the following:

  1. Name of Story
  2. Source (Biblical, Greek, Roman--provide the book title or website title and address)
  3. 150 word summary of the story
  4. 50 word commentary on sources of conflict and their significance (man vs. man, vs. god, vs. nature, vs. himself, etc.)
  5. 100 word commentary on the themes of the work.

Remember, commentary means you can have an opinion; it means that you can judge. Be an articulate critic and tell me what aspects of the story elicit a reaction or theme. Identify and explain literary elements you notice being used and what they contribute to the piece. Draw apt connections to other pieces of literature or other genres where warranted. You may use both sides of the card. And, yes, I count ALL the words used (even aan, & the)


Grading Rubric


A= An awesome card! Filled with thoughtful commentary using extensive evidence. Satisfies all the requirements and more. You really taught me something about this piece.

B= A good card. Satisfies all requirements. Effective and thoughtful analysis of plot. Responsible commentary of the piece.

C= A fair card. Thin on word requirements. Over-simplified analysis and commentary on theme. Lacks evidence.

D= A poor card. Shows lack of effort and thought. A “lazy card.”

E= A mockery of AP English Literature work.


Sources for Allusion Workshop Readings

This schedule is subject to change. If you see a correction that needs to be made, let me know.


 

Name of the Allusion

Location

DUE

    1

The Garden of Eden

Genesis:1 Genesis:2 Genesis:3

09.10

    2

Pandora’s Box

Pandora's Box(Prometheus and Pandora)

09.12


     3
 

Cain and Abel 

 

Genesis:4

09.17

    4

Odysseus and the Trojan Horse

Odysseus and the Trojan Horse(The Fall of Troy)

09.19

    5

Noah and the Flood 

 

Genesis:6 Genesis:7 Genesis:8 Genesis:9

09.24

    6

Pygmalion and Galatea

Pygmalion and Galatea(Paphos)

09.26


    7

Tower of Babel 

 

Genesis:11

10.01

    8

Daphne and the Laurel Wreath

Daphne and the Laurel Wreath (Apollo and Daphne)

10.03


     9

Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah 

 

Genesis:18 Genesis:19

10.08


    10

Echo and Narcissus

Echo and Narcissus

10.10

   11

Abraham and Isaac 

 

Genesis:21 Genesis:22

10.14


   12

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Jason and the Golden Fleece (Golden Fleece)

10.17

    13

 

Jacob and Esau 

 

Genesis:25

10.22


    14

Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

10.24

   15

Joseph, His Brothers, and the Coat of Many Colors

Genesis:37

10.28

   16

Rescue of the Child Moses 

 

Exodus:1 - Exodus:2

10.30

   17

The Burning Bush

Exodus:3

11.05

   18

The Passover

 

Exodus:12

 

11.07

   19

Passage through the Red Sea

 

Exodus:14

 

11.12
 

   20

Midas and the Golden Touch

 

Midas and the Golden Touch

11.14

   21

Arachne and Athena

 

Arachne and Athena (Minerva)

11.19
 

   22

Daedalus and Icarus

 

Daedalus and Icarus

11.21

   23

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice

11.25

   24

Samson and the Philistines

 

Judges:13 Judges:14 Judges:15 Judges:16

 

12.03

   25

Paris and the Golden Apples

Paris, The Golden Apples, and the Trojan War

12.05

   26

Book of Ruth

 

Ruth

12.10

   27

Perseus and Medusa

 

Perseus and Medusa

12.12


   28

Jesus and Lazarus

John:11

 

12.17