Symbolism Essay and Project: Personal Shield

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
6th - 9th
Formats Included
  • Zip (6 pages)
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Students learn about symbolism while exploring their favorite topic – themselves! In this project, students create a personal shield and write an essay describing the symbolism of the components they’ve used. Includes an editable rubric and project sheet for clear expectations and easy grading! This is a great activity for Back to School, or to leave for a sub plan.

What You Get:

1. Project Description & Rubric – create clears expectations by giving students the score guide at the same time as the instructions (choose between points-based or standards-based rubric)

2. Graphic Organizer – helps students move from intended meaning (a character trait) to a symbol (an object, animal, or color)

3. Extended Symbolism Worksheet – asks students to assign symbols to even more traits

4. Blank Shield

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 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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