Self-Reliance Allusion Activity
- Release Date: February 18, 2020
- Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
- Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, and Grade 9
- Pages: 8
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 often employed by writers and are well worth understanding. In completing this worksheet, students will be able to identify, analyze, and interpret allusions, thereby accessing deeper meanings within the text.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay “Self-Reliance” is a manifesto of individuality. Emerson calls on his readers to look within themselves for guidance, intuition, and insight, rather than to search for answers in the ideas and agendas of others. Emerson views individuality as the source of a strong society, with each person offering forth her unique genius. To prove his point, Emerson alludes to a number of notable historical figures, illustrating how originality and self-reliance have cultivated great things.
Skills: analysis, close reading, drawing inferences from text, interpreting implications of allusions
In completing this activity, students will
- identify different types of allusions and locate examples of allusion within a text;
- analyze examples of allusions to determine their purpose in the context of a passage of text;
- analyze examples of allusions to interpret their meaning and determine how they inform a passage of text.
Our eNotes Classroom Activities give students opportunities to practice developing a variety of skills. Whether analyzing literary devices or interpreting connotative language, students will work directly with the text. The main components of our classroom activities include the following:
- A handout defining the literary elements under discussion, complete with examples
- A step-by-step guide to activity procedure
- An answer key or selected examples for reference, depending on the activity
In completing these classroom activities, students will be able to classify and analyze different literary elements, thereby developing close-reading skills and drawing deeper inferences from the text.