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Use of Allegory in Literature


As a High School English Language teacher, you can use this lesson plan to teach about the literary device of allegory and examine an allegory in climate literature.

This lesson plan will allow you to teach about the usage of allegory as a literary device, its multiple interpretations and its examples in literature. Climate change being an important issue of our times, has spawned climate literature in verse and prose. As part of this lesson plan, your students will analyze a contemporary fairy tale about climate change for its allegorical components.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in English Language.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Define allegory
  2. Discuss the use of allegory in English Literature
  3. Describe the different types of allegories used in literary texts
  4. Learn about a key aspect of climate change through an allegory


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