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  • The background picture was taken from “Images” on Google.com. It can also be found at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Empty_book.jpg.
  • The Connecticut State Board of Education requires students ability to successfully answer questions of comprehension and interpretation. Symbolism and allegory are terms that assist the Common Core requirement of students reading passages and analyzing them by answering text-dependent questions. It is important to teach symbolism and allegory using technology so students can make visual connections and recall the lesson during examination.
  • This blogging website provides students with a spiritual woman’s journey through life. The blogger often comments on simple things in her life that she interprets into something of deeper value. Through this blog, students will be able to see the world through the eyes of allegory. The blog will help students realize the meaning of allegory as well as read many examples of it in the every day life of the blogger. Students will learn how to identify and think in terms of allegory. Blog Website:http://allegoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/p/allegorically-what_12.htmlThis image was taken from ”Images” at Google.com. It can also be found at http://venturegalleries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/books.jpg.
  • This podcast offers a verbal reading of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, which contains much symbolism and allegory that students are able to hear and feel from the reading. Having an auditory lesson will accommodate to students who learn best through hearing rather than reading. The podcast also allows students to get emotionally involved in the text, being able to hear the symbolism and allegory through the emphasis of words from the reader. This is another way to address students different learning types by using technology in the classroom. Podcast Website: http://podgallery.org/librivox-leaves-grass-by-whitman/This image was taken from “Images” at Google.com. It can also be found at http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dotKkgBlL.jpg.
  • Symbolism Video and Image- This video offers an explanation of what symbols are and how to find symbols in literature. By watching this quick film on symbols, students are visually able to connect what symbols are and how to identify them. This visual aid in technology also provides students with examples of symbols in literature and film. Video Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-F599mU6L4This image was take from “Images” at Google.com. It can also be found at http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/W4JfDtfwOug/maxresdefault.jpg. Allegory Video and Image- This video offers a brief explanation of what allegory is and how it can be identified in literature. This technology video is extremely useful because it allows students to connect visual and auditory learning skills. Students will hear an explanation of allegory, but also follow along with the notes taken in the video.Video Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_Rm5JXE_kEThis image was taken from “Images” at Google.com. It can also be found at http://www.powells.com/images/blog/blog_stewart_allegory.jpg. Khan Academy Video and Image-This video offers a quick lesson on government allegory from Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “The Allegory of Good and Bad Government”. Pictures with explanations are shown in the video to help students identify the allegory in the painting. This technology allows students to view allegory in other subject areas, such as art and political science/history. Video Website: http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history/art-history-1300-1400-proto-renaissance/siena/v/ambrogio-lorenzetti-s-palazzo-pubblico-frescos--allegory-and-effect-of-good-and-bad-governmentThis image was take from “Images” at Google.com. It can also be found at http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/W4JfDtfwOug/maxresdefault.jpg.
  • Edsitement.gov: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/animal-farm-allegory-and-art-persuasion#sect-introduction
  • Literary Symbolism: http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/2009/2/09.02.10.x.html#e
  • Allegory & Symbolism:http://literarydevices.net/allegory/
  • 1.) How would this diagram/ graphic organizer be used in an actual lesson?In an actual lesson, students would be given a blank diagram and would record the similarities and differences of allegory and symbolism. This way students are able to follow along as I teach both literary devices and have a hard copy in their notes of the diagram to refer back to if they become confused. This graph makes it simple and easy for students to remember key terms and phrases used when defining both symbolism and allegory and what to look for in each term. 2.) How does this visual enhance student understanding of the topic?By using technology to create this diagram, students are no longer given a list of what is and isn’t the definition of symbolism and allegory in a list. This graph organizes students thoughts into columns of what symbolism is, what allegory is, and what the two terms share. Rather than a boring list of definitions, this graph helps students remember concise definitions and things to look for when identifying either symbolism or allegory in a story.
  • Allegorical Poster from Literature:http://poster.4teachers.org/index.php was found through http://www.4teachers.org/. - Students can create a digital poster where they use words and images to reveal allegory in a novel they are analyzing. Edhelper:http://www.edhelper.com/books/Animal_Farm.htm - Students can complete quizzes, book reports, and vocab lessons through this website. Educators can create these materials to help students comprehension of the novel through each chapter.
  • Research Paper:http://notestar.4teachers.org/ was found through http://www.4teachers.org/. - Students will be asked to complete a research paper using the political allegory in Animal Farm. All pre-paper work, such as notes and bibliographies, will be tracked using notestar. Allegory Blog:http://kidblog.org/home/ - Students will be able to create and share their own short stories using allegory.
  • http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/analyzing-symbolism-plot-theme-833.html was found from http://www.readwritethink.org/ (the “Resources” tab inBlackBoard).
  • Online Books Page:http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/ (Module 7, Task 1) - This resource offers 1 million free books online and is updated almost daily. It also provides viewers with news and updates about specific literature, along with featured genres of popularity. Bartleby.com:http://www.bartleby.com/ - This website offers viewers a categorized look at books from the internet. Viewers can choose from featured authors to genre based books, allowing them to access the literature they need quickly and conveniently.
  • Online Dictionary:http://dictionary.reference.com/ - Dictionary.com provides users with a quick and easy way to search for certain words in the English language. Students will be able to access dictionary.com when using technology to stay on top of vocabulary definitions and usage.
  • Twiducate:http://www.twiducate.com/ - Students can communicate and share ideas by using #symbolism or #allegory. Slideshare:http://www.slideshare.net/
  • Google Docs:https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=writely&passive=true&nui=1&continue=http://docs.google.com/?hl=en&tab=wo&followup=http://docs.google.com/?hl=en&tab=wo&ltmpl=homepage&rm=false - By creating a free account on Google, students can create Google Docs, which allows all students to share notes and ideas. From any computer with an internet connection, students can access a Google Doc to obtain information they post and their classmates update.
  • http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ - This website offers many possibilities for educators to create and save rubrics in many subjects. Many templates are offered so educators can find the appropriate style of rubric they prefer to use. Categories are also used to get a more accurate rubric for students.
  • Technology Module Performance Task

    1. 1. Symbolism & Allegory Intended for English Grades 10-11 By Cera Orner
    2. 2. Technology Integration • Rationale: – Symbolism and allegory are terms that are often confusing to students and in some instances aren’t even taught. These two concepts are extremely important when discussing the deeper meaning of novels in regards to the author’s background and era. Allegory is used to interpret many novels in regards to the authors meaning or value of the piece.
    3. 3. Technology Integration Continued • Symbolism is used in almost every novel or piece of literature. By incorporating technology into lessons involving symbolism and allegory, students can better grasp the differences between the two by visual comparison. • Technology allows students to view a wide variety of literature that includes either symbolism, allegory, or both. With technology, students are able to view and create blogs, along with view various interactive sites in creating and understanding symbolism and allegory.
    4. 4. Internet Content • In the technologically advanced world we live in today, students are able to share thoughts and ideas inside and outside the classroom. By using technology to learn literary devices, students can create visual or auditory memories rather than read and recite the meanings. • Blogs, videos, and podcasts give students a 21st Century look at literary terms such as allegory and symbolism by applying these literary devices to everyday life and meaning.
    5. 5. Internet Blog (Click on image to view BLOG website)
    6. 6. Internet Podcast (Click on image to view PODCAST website)
    7. 7. Internet Videos (Click on images to view VIDEO websites)
    8. 8. Internet Resources • The internet provides up-to-date examples of allegory and symbolism that students are able to relate to. It also allows students to see scholarly opinion about literature that may be difficult or confusing. • The following slides provide resources that students can access to help their comprehension of literary devices in literature.
    9. 9. Internet Resources • Edsitement.gov (CLICK LINK TO ACCESS WEBSITE) – This government organization under the National Endowment for Humanities offers instruction for teaching allegory in the novel Animal Farm. The internet resource provides a list of guiding questions as well as an assessment students can take.
    10. 10. More Internet Resources • Literary Symbolism (CLICK LINK TO ACCESS WEBSITE) – This website is an education technology resource that provides viewers with many examples of symbolism in literature from short stories. Viewers can also discover personal and political lessons as well as learn deeper meanings from children books and parables.
    11. 11. More Internet Resources • Allegory & Symbolism (CLICK LINK TO ACCESS WEBSITE) – This network provides viewers with definitions of allegory and symbolism. Viewers are also able to identify the difference between the two and interpret examples of each.
    12. 12. Inspiration Diagram Compare and Contrast Similarities uses symbols or events Differences Differences does not tell a story symbolic meaning different from literal meaning rely on context for meaning double meaning Symbolism complete narrative Allegory characters & events represent abstract idea teaches some kind of moral lesson
    13. 13. Teaching Materials • Allegorical Poster from Animal Farm (CLICK LINK) – Students can create a digital poster where they use words and images to reveal their ideas of allegory in Animal Farm (or any novel they are analyzing). • Edhelper (CLICK LINK) – Students can complete quizzes, book reports, and vocab lessons through this website. Educators can create these materials to help students comprehension of the novel through each chapter.
    14. 14. More Teaching Materials • Research Paper (CLICK LINK) – Students will be asked to complete a research paper using the political allegory in Animal Farm. All pre-paper work, such as notes and bibliographies, will be tracked using notestar. • Allegory Blog (CLICK LINK) – Students will be able to create and share their own short stories using allegory.
    15. 15. Subject-Specific Resources • Read-Write-Think (CLICK LINK TO ACCESS WEBSITE) – This website provides me with extensive lesson plans, activities, and materials for teaching symbolism and other important literary devices. Although the lesson plan is direct about a specific novel, I can use the structure of the lesson plan to frame other materials used in my own classroom.
    16. 16. Internet Uses • Online Books Page (CLICK LINK) – This resource offers 1 million free books online and is updated almost daily. It also provides viewers with news and updates about specific literature, along with featured genres of popularity. • Bartleby.com (CLICK LINK) – This website offers viewers a categorized look at books from the internet. Viewers can choose from featured authors to genre based books, allowing them to access the literature they need quickly and conveniently.
    17. 17. Internet Uses Continued • Online Dictionary (CLICK LINK) – Dictionary.com provides users with a quick and easy way to search for certain words in the English language. Students will be able to access dictionary.com when using technology to stay on top of vocabulary definitions and usage.
    18. 18. Web 2.0 • Twiducate (CLICK LINK) – Students can communicate and share ideas by using #symbolism or #allegory. • Slideshare allows anyone to post and view presentations, such as this one!
    19. 19. Web 2.0 Continued • Google Docs (CLICK LINK) – By creating a free account on Google, students can create Google Docs, which allows all students to share notes and ideas. From any computer with an internet connection, students can access a Google Doc to obtain information they post and their classmates update.
    20. 20. Rubrics and Assessment • Rubrics allow educators to evaluate students through their learning process and overall knowledge of a certain task. • http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ CLICK LINK) – This website offers many possibilities for educators to create and save rubrics in many subjects. Many templates are offered so educators can find the appropriate style of rubric they prefer to use. Categories are also used to get a more accurate rubric for students.

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