The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo is filled with references to concepts from alchemy. This activity gives students an opportunity to research what that concepts are and then apply them to symbolic equivalents from the modern world. This is a great activity for establishing background knowledge as well as applying arcane knowledge to a student's current life. By using the internet or other sources for research, students are reading nonfiction texts and applying that knowledge to fiction. Fully editable. Another product from Preserving Civilization.