Personal Shield: Analyzing Symbolism Essay and Project - Back to School Activity

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Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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6 + digital
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My Grade 7/8 students learn about symbolism, so this project is great for them to make connections to themselves!
Students love this. It is a great beginning of the year activity for students to not only introduce themselves, but also become more familiar with class terminology.
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Students practice analyzing symbolism while exploring their favorite topic – themselves! They create a personal shield and write an essay describing the symbolism of the components they’ve used. This is a great Back to School activity or sub plan.

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Your Analyzing Symbolism Project includes:

  1. Project Description & Rubric – create clears expectations by giving students the score guide at the same time as the instructions (choose between analytic or holistic rubric)
  2. Analyzing Symbolism Worksheet – helps students move from intended meaning (a character trait) to a symbol (an object, animal, or color)
  3. Blank Shield Template
  4. Editable Requirements & rubrics (.doc)
  5. Digital Version (Google Slides)

What teachers like you are saying:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Students love this. It is a great beginning of the year activity for students to not only introduce themselves, but also become more familiar with class terminology.” -Samantha S.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My students absolutely LOVED this resource. They got even more into it than I thought they would. Two of them wanted to use other symbols instead of animal and I let them due to their reasonings. I HIGHLY recommend this for teaching symbolism!” -Brandi C.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Worked well as a reading response activity for literature circles. Students created a shield for a main character and then explained their choices in a supported paragraph.” -Jacqueline P.

About Your Download:

Your download is a .zip file containing a print-and-go version of this product and an editable version in Microsoft Word. Instructions for use and copyright information are included in this resource. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

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Total Pages
6 + digital
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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