In This Activity
Objects come to symbolize different things in various contexts, and understanding symbolism is vital to a greater appreciation of literature and culture. Many students can recognize that something is associated with Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hannukah, but they may not understand why. This activity can give students a good foundation on symbols and symbolism, or it can be used as a focus on winter holidays. Give students a list of symbols for all holidays, or let them select symbols on their own.
The example uses the grid layout, but the spider map, traditional storyboard, and T-chart would work as well. Students should name the symbol in the title box, make a visual representation in the storyboard cell, and then explain what the symbol represents in the description box; or, as in the example, name and depict the symbol, then make visualizations!
There are many symbols for Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa! Here are only a handful:
Template and Class Instructions
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- Click "Start Assignment".
- Write the symbols in left column headings./li>
- Write "Meaning" and "Example" in other column headings.
- Create visual representations of each symbol, meaning, and example using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
- Save and Exit
Lesson Plan Reference
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Identification of Symbols
All symbols are correctly identified as objects that represent something else at a higher level.
Most symbols are correctly identified, but some objects are missing or incomplete.
Most symbols are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
No symbols are correctly identified.
Examples and Descriptions
Examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions accurately explain the symbols and highlight their significance.
Examples are accurate to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions mostly accurately explain the symbols, and highlight their significance.
Examples are minimal, incorrect, or unrelated to the symbols that are being identified. Descriptions contain inaccuracies in their explanations, or do not highlight their significance.
Examples and descriptions are missing or too minimal to score.
Depictions chosen for symbols are accurate and reflect time, effort, thought, and care with regard to placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are mostly accurate. They reflect time and effort put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Depictions chosen for symbols are inaccurate. The depictions may be rushed or show minimal effort, time, and care put into placement and creation of the scenes.
Most depictions are missing too many elements or are too minimal to score. Little time or effort has been put into placement and creation of the scenes.
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show accuracy and some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading or accuracy.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.
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