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Welcome to Use Your Allusion!


Popular music is saturated with allusions to literary texts. This wiki is devoted to identifying such literary allusions and providing English language arts (ELA) teachers with resources for incorporating music in the classroom.


We encourage you to join us in this collaborative effort by adding fresh, new connections between literature and popular music or by revising the information that's already here. Given the nature of wikis, please recognize that this wiki will perpetually be a work in progress, so check back often for updates and inspiration!


While you're here, we also encourage you to offer some feedback on the content of the Use Your Allusion wiki. Generally, we're interested in hearing your thoughts on the site as a resource for educators to generate ideas, find inspiration, and take away supplemental materials for the ELA classroom. Let your voice be heard by utilizing the "Add a Comment" option below. We look forward to hearing from you! 



Where Do I Go From Here?


Take a look in the Navigator to the right of the page to explore and contribute to a host of resources related to literary allusions in popular music.


The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has identified standards that should be addressed by teachers of English Language Arts.  You can find a simplifed version of these standards here, with the entire report available as a PDF here.


The allusions themselves are divided up into a series of categories:


- Allusions to Authors

- Allusions to Novels

- Allusions to Plays

- Allusions to Poems

- Allusions to Short Stories

- Allusions to Graphic Novels


Looking for a specific artist, author, or theme? Remember that wikis are searchable. Use the search feature in the upper-right corner of the page to assist you in your search.



Where can I get the music?


We're in the process of setting up a "Get the Music" page for each section.  Here you can download the tracks mentioned in each page from Amazon.com.  Remember, Amazon mp3s are DRM-free, so they can be played on mulitple computers and on any portable audio device.



2009 NCTE Annual Convention


We had a blast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention, where we met a number of teachers interested in exploring connections between literature and popular culture. For an 8:30 session on Sunday morning, we had a very enthusiastic crowd. They were quick to participate and generated a variety of ideas to share with the group.  


We send thanks to all attendees for your participation, and we look forward to your contributions to the Use Your Allusion wiki!


Music and Literacy Course


I attended Luke and Eric's session at NCTE, and after telling them about a graduate course that I had taken on the very topic of using music in the English classroom at UNH, they encouraged me to add information about the class' blog to this wiki.  You can find the blog and links to a variety of resources at the following address: http://literacyandmusic.blogspot.com/




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