Allusions: A Digital Figures of Speech Mini Unit for Secondary ELA


Engage your students in a digital figurative language mini-unit where they learn all about allusions. This allusion figures of speech mini-unit is designed for the secondary ELA classroom. It contains direct-instruction teaching materials, digital student sketch notes, digital student practice worksheets, and digital task cards.

This Mini-Unit Contains:

  • a 19-slide Google Slides presentation (Slides)
  • digital sketch notes to accompany the presentation (Slides)
  • two practice worksheets with answer keys (Docs)
  • a scavenger hunt to use with any text (Docs)
  • 12 task cards with a recording sheet and answer key (Docs w/ images)
  • a 3-day suggested lesson plan

The Google Slide Presentation Includes:

  • definitions for figurative language and allusion
  • real-world and literature-based examples
  • explanations
  • a whole-class student exercise

This unit will challenge students to not only identify and label figures of speech but to also go deeper and analyze and explain their meaning and effect on the audience. Furthermore, eight of the 12 task cards ask students to come up with allusions in their own writing based on a prompt.

Suggested Use: Incorporate one figurative mini-unit into your classroom instruction each week so that students gain a solid understanding of each figure of speech.