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Locating Purpose in Allusion through Art and Poetry

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Locating Purpose in Allusion through Art and Poetry

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Amy Williams

New Berlin, New York


National Council of Teachers of English


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