This 1-page worksheet has students reading (or listening) to the holiday story, "The Polar Express," and analyzing it for its writer technique. The worksheet follows three steps: read/listen, analyze in discussion, and copy style through a creative writing activity. The students will evaluate Van Allsburg's symbolism of the bell and writer technique in class discussion. Once his style has been established, the students will copy the idea of the bell using their own symbol of choice in a holiday children's book. Have students work in groups, or individually, following up with a presentation to the class. This is an easy and creative project that will keep your students busy during the toughest time of the year: right before break. Not to mention, that the project can easily be differentiated for ease or difficulty, depending on the requirements established by the teacher. Just to be clear, this product does not tell the teacher who buys this how to teach finding symbolism or creative writing. The teacher who buys this will need to infuse his/her own style and art of lesson preparation for this project, but will be thrilled to see his/her students working harder than him/herself to demonstrate skills learned. Thanks for your interest!