Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Using Picture Books to Teach Allegory...

Stories to Teach Allegory Eve Bunting's "Terrible Things" Reading Analyzing Literary Elements, creative project and assessment toolEve Bunting's "Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust" 
Use this great read to introduce a unit on The Holocaust! 
Or it can be used to introduce topics such as:

  •  Bullying
  •  Racism/Prejudice
  •  Different Cultures/Religions
  •  Kindness
  •  Helping Others
  •  Acceptance
  •  Violence
And don't forget the LITERARY ELEMENTS you can teach using this story....
  • Allegory
  • Metaphor
  • Symbolism

My classes just started a unit titled "The Spirit Within," which focuses on The Holocaust. Prior to reading Night by Elie Wiesel and  The Devil's Arithmetic  by Jane Yolen, we usually begin with Bunting's story and then venture into analyzing literary elements such as those above. As a creative project and assessment tool, the students create allegories of their own! I'll be sure to post pictures of the great projects they produce! Can't wait! 

Ann Marie Smith

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