Just like Brian Wilson did: Using allusion to teach imagery & theme

Beginning ENG I students are introduced to the general concepts of imagery (including symbolism) and theme in short literature in a lesson that features two contemporary pop songs and their lyrics. Serves as a useful attention getting exercise for low-level ENG I students who must become familiar with general literary concepts and terms for the ENG I EOC.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative...
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment...
CLE 3001.8.5
Know and use appropriate literary terms to derive meaning from various literary genres.
GLE 0101.5.3
Make inferences and draw appropriate conclusions.
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Learning objectives: 

 Students will practice recognizing these concepts while examining the larger concepts of literary allusion and reference at the same time.

Lesson Variations

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