Tapping into the adolescent love of using “cheat codes” to defeat difficult levels in video games, this unit invites students to explore the secret power of symbolism in poetry. Highly engaging and tailored perfectly to the adolescent brain, the Poetry Cheat Codes lessons will soon have your students excited about unlocking the hidden meanings in everything from poetry to TV commercials. The experience begins with students uncovering the hidden symbolic codes that film makers use to deepen the emotional power of songs in music videos. Empowered by the experience of realizing that there is much more going on in these “visual texts”, students are eager to explore how symbolism works in traditional texts such as poetry, short stories and novels. Lessons, actual texts and lists of text suggestions, and enrichment activities are included with this highly successful unit. Your students will quickly become symbolism masters making meanings and connections in extraordinary ways.