Here's a great way to continue the instruction of "Symbolism" throughout the year. Have students record ideas for literature pieces read and reference the charts for added support. This type of interaction will support all writers and readers. It also supports the idea of structure for CC standards.
Apply suggestions to any novel students read by having them identify a character. Students will complete a given character's significant "wheel of life" as he/she was portrayed in the story by identifying their own examples of symbols. Next, have your students complete 'wheel of life' on their own lives with their attempts at identifying symbols that represent aspects of their journey.
This is a simple project that drives home the idea of symbolism.
Resource comes with examples of symbols from our everyday life.
The charts may be enlarged to poster size and displayed for students' reference work, or as a visual support to your instruction on the meaning of symbols. And once students understand the idea of symbols/symbolism, they will be better able to apply that skill to their readings. What could nightfall symbolize kids [beyond what is actually is] ?