For my ZIP project this year, I would like to explore how children’s book writers include allegories in their writing. An allegory, according to google, is “a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one”. I want to explore how adult themes can be incorporated into children’s books, while still maintaining the child’s interest and engaging the audience. This intrigues me because I have always loved Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein’s writing, however as I grew up they started to fade out of my life. Now when I look back at the books, I realize some of them have hidden allegories and that interests me, how writers subtly slip in messages.

As of now, I have little to no knowledge about allegories. I understand that they are subtle messages slipped into a story, but that’s where my knowledge ends. However, I do know lots of children’s books with allegories in them (The Lorax, Where the Sidewalk Ends, You’re Only Old Once, etc.). Some skills that I already have that will help me with my ZIP project are my ability to read between the lines, and my passion for hidden messages as well as iconic children’s poems and literature.

By the end of this project, I hope to be able to successfully write my own allegory that can be read at any age and convey a message, as well as expand on my skill of reading between the lines and finding hidden messages. I also hope to work on focusing on one topic rather than straying off track.

For this project, I do not have anyone that I know personally that can help me with the research portion. However, I plan on reaching out to my local librarian to show me some children’s literature with allegories in them and I can examine them from there.

My main source will be children’s literature. I will be considering different types of children’s literature to try to find allegories and explore them. To get these books, I will go online and find books that fit the criteria, then go to a library and check those books out. As well as, I will be using online sources to explore what an allegory is and how it’s made.

To demonstrate my learning, I will be using a mix of visual art and presentations. I plan on creating an organizer for my learning (a web to explain what an allegory is, the books/poems I chose etc.) and showing that to my class. To add on to that, I will be writing my own allegory and sharing that with my class.

December

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Finish Proposal

 

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Work Block

Connect my project to the curriculum

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Connect my project to the curriculum

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Plan the final product

*research journal*

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Research Allegory

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Work Block

Look into Children’s books

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Find children’s books I want to study

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Go to library and check books out

 

 

 

 

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Fill out Satisfactory on marking rubric

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Research what makes a good allegory

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Pick apart the allegories in each book

*research journal*

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Start to put together the components I have into a presentation

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Fill out Excellent on marking rubric

Start on my own allegory

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Continue with Allegory planning / first draft

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Continue with own allegory / second draft

 

 

 

 

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Work Block

Fill out NI on marking rubric

Peer edits for allegory

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Edit allegory/ third draft

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*research journal*

Finalize my own allegory

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Continue with putting together final presentation

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*Winter Break*

 

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Over winter break I will catch up with my schedule if I am falling behind as well as put together my final product.

January

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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*last day of winter break*

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Work Block

Add final touch ups to my work

 

 

 

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Present !! (maybe)

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Present !! (maybe)

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Present !! (maybe)

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Present !! (maybe)

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