One of the ladies said she used the song, "Someday We'll Know," by the New Radicals to teach this concept. Right away, I thought of how many allusions Taylor Swift incorporates into her songs. (If you've ever read my blog before, you know that I like to cite Taylor swift as an example of clear, concise writing. In one line of her song, "Mine," we can make inferences about several different relationships. "You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter." We can make inferences about the father/daughter relationship, her relationship with herself, and her new relationship.)
Here are three videos of songs that contain allusions. I hope they will help students recognize allusions. Now, getting students to dig deeper and understand why an author chose to allude to a particular work or event in history to make their point, is a different story.