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Allegory

Pixton Lesson Plan on Allegory

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Graphic Novel

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Allegory
Pixton Lesson Plan on Allegory
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings literary devices to life with comics and storyboards.

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Allegory

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  • Dragon
    Dragon
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Money
    Money
  • Mouse
    Mouse
  • Pawn
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  • Pig
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  • Scarecrow
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  • Shell
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  • Sword
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  • Television
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Teacher Guide

Allegory

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

It is important for students to understand the difference between allegory and symbolism:

  • Symbolism is when one object represents something different or greater.
  • Allegory is when characters or events represent something different or greater.

Opening Discussion

Introduce allegory to students:

  • An allegory is a narrative in which characters and actions represent concepts different from the literal meaning of the story.
  • Characters in an allegory usually represent a specific person or generic stereotype of a type of person in society.
  • Objects in allegories often serve a literal and symbolic purpose as they are necessary to the literal plot and the greater symbolic representation of real people, events, and cultural norms.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Characters in Allegory

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Symbols in Allegory

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Events in Allegory

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate the definitions of allegory and symbolism.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create your own allegory about current events and modern-day people in the form of a Graphic Novel.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Throughout history, performers and playwrights often used allegory to covertly critique or poke fun at kings, queens, and the ruling class. Why might allegory be a good way to criticize corrupt leaders? Do performers still use allegory to criticize leaders and celebrities?
  • Can you think of any "characters" from current events or pop culture? What fictional person or animal would you depict them as in an allegory?
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Pixton Activity: Allegory 1 Characters in Allegory

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review allegory to students:

  • An allegory is a narrative in which characters and actions represent concepts different from the literal meaning of the story.
  • Characters in an allegory usually represent a specific person or generic stereotype of a type of person in society.
  • Objects in allegories often serve a literal and symbolic purpose as they are necessary to the literal plot and the greater symbolic representation of real people, events and cultural norms.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates three characters in an allegory:

  • Identify the character in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the character and who they represent.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Allegory 2 Symbols in Allegory

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definitions of allegory and symbolism:

  • Symbolism is when one object represents something different or greater.
  • Allegory is when characters or events represent something different or greater.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates three symbols in an allegory:

  • Identify the symbol in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the symbol and what it represents.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Allegory 3 Events in Allegory

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the elements of allegory :

  • An allegory is a narrative in which characters and actions represent concepts different from the literal meaning of the story.
  • Characters in an allegory usually represent a specific person or generic stereotype of a type of person in society.
  • Objects in allegories often serve a literal and symbolic purpose as they are necessary to the literal plot and the greater symbolic representation of real people, events, and cultural norms.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates three events from allegory:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event and what it represents.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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