Symbols in Western Literature- Digital and Paper/Pencil
Before you ask students to comprehend difficult literary texts, build their skills in interpreting symbolism with this lesson plan presented in pencil paper and digital formats.
Read a mentor text with your students (link included) or watch the video version. Then use the mentor text to introduce symbolism in an accessible way. Move on to crowd-sourcing a list of literary symbols. Add an extension activity that connects commercial logos to symbolism and asks students to categorize these visual symbols.
Move on to analyzing the symbolism in an allegorical poem by Eve Merriam where students find and share their analysis. Follow up with a tactile matching game that pairs symbols with their meanings, or allow students to use the editable Word document to drag the words to their symbols. All digital? Use the link to the Quizizz game to review before taking the matching quiz.
After using this 16-page lesson, you can be sure your students will come away with a deeper understanding of symbolism and be able to spot it in everyday texts, as well as literary ones. Also included are options and extensions, as well as CCSS and background information.
Use the editable and fillable Word documents in your face-to-face classroom instruction, or upload the fillable Word documents to your LMS and add your own teacher guidance. Or, upload the Google Slides and Form for a total virtual experience that is perfect for Distance Learning or your emergency sub folder.
A less extensive version of this lesson is included in the resource kit called Learning a Life Lesson.
Category: ELA → Literature