Symbolism and Symbols Lesson, Complete Teaching Pack

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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55 pages
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Symbolism can be one of the most difficult elements of literature to teach, but this classroom-tested teaching pack provides an interesting and engaging way to present and/or practice symbolism to your students. In this low-prep lesson, you'll have everything you need to teach, practice, and test this concept with any literary text or poem.

Student Experience: Students take notes about the concept of symbolism, take a look at examples from literature, and then practice their understanding by participating in a gallery walk with beautiful photography rich with symbolism. It's interactive, meaningful, and fun!


  • Lesson with modern video links to immediately engage students and a video tutorial (via youtube); text-based option suggested, editable
  • 10 original full-color images for interactive Gallery Walk
  • Sketch notes for note taking during the lecture
  • Graphic organizer for use with any text after the lecture ends

Classroom success stories from other teachers who love this resource:

♥ "I loved this! This was a well-done lesson to introduce symbolism for the first time or a great refresher! I used it before teaching THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC and it was amazing how well the kids grasped it!"

♥ "This lesson and activity worked really well with my students. It is a hard concept to grasp and this gave them more practice."

♥ "Very easy to use! Loved this in my photography class!"

♥ "I love to use a gallery walk as an introductory activity, so I knew this lesson was for me. It's excellent, as everything is from this seller, and I plan to use it with The Great Gatsby."

♥ "Great resource with beautiful pictures!"

♥ "Great and interesting lesson. I loved the task card walk and so did my students."

♥ "Used during an admin observation. It really helped with the flow of my lesson and the kids were engaged. Thanks."

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Close Reading & Annotating

Citing Textual Evidence

Evaluate Credibility of Websites

Persuasive Appeals

Propaganda and Logical Fallacies


Setting Affects Plot

Theme Development


Conflict Affects Plot

Author’s Perspective

Homophones, Frequently Confused Words

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Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout. Art and images credited in file. Created 2013-updated 2021

Total Pages
55 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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