Rip Van Winkle Lesson Plans
by Washington Irving

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  • Rip Van Winkle Literary Devices Lesson Plan

    Theme Revealed Through Characterization and Symbolism: This lesson focuses on Irving’s use of irony and continuity in complicating the theme of tyranny vs. freedom in the story. Students will compare and contrast elements in the beginning of the story to those at the end of the story. Students will analyze...

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  • Rip Van Winkle Metaphor Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order...

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  • Rip Van Winkle eNotes Teaching Guide

    So you’re going to teach Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, this short story has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenges—necessary historical context and multiple layers of narration—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for...

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  • Rip Van Winkle Allusion Activity

    This worksheet gives students an opportunity to practice identifying and analyzing allusions. Allusions broaden the scope of a text and imbue passages with deeper meaning by subtly drawing on unexplained references to literature, history, science, geography, philosophy, mythology, or other aspects of a culture. Allusions are thus a powerful tool...

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