It annoys me a little. I would say I am a fairly well-organized teacher, so this haphazard posting disturbs me. Oh well. It builds character.
Objective: Identify and discuss symbols in a literary text; discuss symbols and their meanings in application to theme
Materials: 6-10 children's/picture books, Symbolism handout
This particular offering is an activity - about 20-25 minutes - and not a full lesson. You should preface it with some sort of explanation of symbols & how to find them, of course!
1. Handout the Symbolism worksheet. If you need to save paper, you could have one worksheet for the entire group. I prefer to have each student turn in a paper, since some students put different answers than their groups, and I like to see those (for a variety of reasons).
2. Break students into groups of 3-4.
3. Give each group a children's/picture book that you've selected for symbolic elements.
4. Have groups read their stories and complete the worksheet!
Last year, I had students stand up and introduce book & symbols to their peers, but that didn't work so well. It was a little pointless to talk about certain symbols when not everyone had read the book.
Most of my suggested books are actually from Kim's Korner 4 Teacher Talk; I am only listing ones I've actually used, including ones not on her list that I found. :)
Suggested Picture Books for Teaching Symbolism:
- Fly Away Home - Eve Bunting
- So Far From the Sea - Eve Bunting
- I Have An Olive Tree - Eve Bunting
- The Yellow Star - Carmen Agra Deedy
- The Lotus Seed - Sherry Garland
- The Rag Coat - Lauren A. Mills
- The Keeping Quilt - Patricia Polacco
- Tar Beach - Faith Ringgold
- Grandfather's Journey - Allen Say
- Home of the Brave - Allen Say
- The Sneetches - Dr. Seuss
- The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
If you already do something like this and have other suggestions for picture books, please let me know!
source: me, with a little inspiration from Kim's Korner