Activity Overview

Allusions can be found throughout the novel Chains. They reference actual people, places, and events from the time period. There are even quotes from primary sources at the beginning of each chapter. These references help plunge the reader into the time period and help them analyze Isabel’s journey in their context. Students studying or who have studied the 13 colonies in the 1700s and the Revolutionary War can enhance their understanding of the people, places and events by seeing them through the eyes of the characters in the book. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that identifies different allusions in the novel.

Examples of Allusions in Chains:

  • Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • The River Jordan
  • Siege of Boston
  • George and Martha Washington
  • King George III
  • John and Abigail Adams
  • General Gage
  • Declaration of Independence
  • General William Howe
  • John Hancock
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The Great Fire of New York
  • Battle of Fort Washington
  • Yankee Doodle
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Literary Allusions

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies allusions present in Chains (references to actual people, places, events or works of art or literature). Illustrate instances of each allusion and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the allusions from Chains you wish to include and write them in the title boxes.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this allusion using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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