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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies allusions present in Ghost (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.
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The allusion and its depiction are historically or factually accurate. The context from the story is given in a brief summary.
The allusion and its depiction may be slightly inaccurate historically or factually. The context from the story may be missing.
The allusion and its depiction have serious errors in accuracy. The context from the story are missing, or there is no description at all.
The art chosen to depict the scenes are historically appropriate to both the allusion and to the work of literature. Time and care is taken to ensure that the scenes are neat, eye-catching, and creative.
The art chosen to depict the scenes should be historically appropriate, but there may be some liberties taken that distract from the assignment. Scene constructions are neat, and meet basic expectations.
The art chosen to depict the scenes are historically inappropriate. Scene constructions are messy and may create some confusion, or may be too limited.
Ideas are organized. There are few or no grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas are mostly organized. There are some grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas may be disorganized or misplaced. Lack of control over grammar, mechanics, and spelling reflect a lack of proofreading.
Before you get the Storyboard started, you need to help your students understand the concept you are Storyboarding. Define allusions for your students and give them some age-appropriate examples to aid in their understanding.
For many students, the concept of allusion is new and they could benefit from some hands-on help in finding and identifying allusions. Although the process does get easier, scaffolding with students will help them immensely.
Once students have identified the allusions, they can use the Storyboard to describe the allusion, as well as to illustrate it. This will help students cement their thinking on the topic.
An allusion is any reference to history, literature, or people that an author uses in their story. This adds depth to the work.
Authors use allusions to compare something that is happening in their story with something in the world that has already happened. It is a type of shorthand, and if students have heard of the reference, they have a deeper depth of understanding for what the characters are going through.
Some students will instantly pick up on the meaning and reasoning behind allusions. For others, they may have to Google a person's name or an event so they may understand it more fully. Allusions add clarity to a story, and the comparisons can really mean a lot to the reader.